Honda Transmission Service and Repair in San Antonio
Honda & Acura Transmission Specialists at Auto Service Experts
Honda transmission repair requires specific knowledge of the unique design which makes them different from traditional automatic transmissions (AT). At Auto Service Experts, our ASE-certified mechanics have the required specialized knowledge, training and more than 20 years of experience working on Hondas and other Asian import cars, trucks, and SUVs in San Antonio.
Our full-service auto repair shop offers complete Honda repair, service, and factory scheduled maintenance.
Honda AT before being rebuilt by Auto Service Experts
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Honda Transmission Innovations – A Little History
By the end of the 1960’s, most luxury vehicle brands had transitioned from manual to automatic transmissions. This trend did not take hold in Japan right away. Many factors contributed to Honda developing their own car transmission. At this time, automobiles were still not heavily used in Japan, and Honda did not yet offer a passenger car. Automatic transmissions were more expensive than manual transmissions, and not as efficient on smaller Japanese cars.
Hydraulic Pressure Control
During transmission operation, a hydrodynamic torque converter uses oil circulation to transfer engine power. It is made up of a turbine, pump, and sator. The function of the sator is to convert torque, and it was traditionally a stationary, fixed component. Honda was able to make a moveable sator by using a bearing to turn it rather than bolting it down.
This allowed them to harness the force caused by the motion of the sator as amplified torque differential. That force could then be transferred to the hydraulic control valve. This innovation helped to solve the automatic transmission efficiency problem and eventually led to Honda patenting their exclusive “Hondamatic” transmission.
In order to fit the transmission into a compact engine compartment, Honda developed a parallel-axis system to integrate the transmission with the engine. The simple design of the parallel-axis system eliminated the planetary gears used in traditional ATs. This allowed them to build a smaller transmission while simultaneously reducing the amount of friction it produced.
AT Lock-Up Function and Manual Selector Mechanism
Through the process of refining their custom transmission, Honda was able to develop several new technologies which continue to be standard in today’s cars. Examples of such innovations were an automatic transmission which incorporated a lock-up function, as well as the manual selector mechanism which allows the driver to switch between automatic and manual operation.
Today's Honda Transmissions
After years of trial and error, the Honda transmission became known for its smooth shifting and lack of gear changing vibrations and shock. As developers continued to fine-tune their technology and attempted to meet the needs of an ever-changing automotive industry, several more prototypes were designed, the latest being the H6 6-speed. One of the most common types of Honda transmission on the road today is the H5 5-speed found in many Honda and Acura models between 2000 and 2005.
Honda has now released the Accord Hybrid, Civic Hybrid, and the Honda Insight to meet the rising demand for fuel efficient vehicles. Honda hybrid transmission service and repair differ from that of other hybrid vehicles. Honda hybrids are sometimes also called "mild hybrids" because once the transmission is removed from the vehicle, it is not much different than a traditional gas powered CVT.
Honda transmissions have also had their share of problems over the years, with many reports of transmission failure and transmission electrical issues. It is of critical importance to properly maintain and service your Honda transmission regularly, as many common problems are directly caused by lack of maintenance. In the event that you do experience Honda transmission problems, an experienced Auto Service Experts Transmission Mechanic can help you determine which is best for your vehicle, transmission repair or complete transmission overhaul.