I Can’t Fix This Car

I Can’t Fix This Car


rev up your engines, today I’m gonna show
you how you can find out what’s wrong with a car when it has no trouble codes
but it’s acting up so I’m working on this 2012 Honda CRV with an automatic
transmission and it’s got an oddball problem it’s been doing it for over a
year sometimes when a customer drives the car under light acceleration all
things shutters then it goes away not a check engine light is not so I hooked up
my uber expensive stand tall it’s an autel that I just updated for
Honda when I plugged it in it showed that there was nothing wrong with the car
except for a minor problem with the airbag system which isn’t gonna make the
car judder while you’re driving down the road now check engine lights only go so
far because if the data isn’t more than 15 or 20 percent off and often won’t
triple code but this didn’t have any codes of any sort even the mechanic only
dealer supported codes it didn’t have any at all now I had to drive this thing
around about an hour and a half and finally it did some of that juddering
she wasn’t making it up the whole car we’re a little bit and then it would
smooth out and it would only do it under light acceleration if you floor it it didn’t
do it and it didn’t do it hardly at all but
I did feel it but having felt that it felt like a transmission failure when I
really go bad they shake they judder inside the engine runs fine but then the
transmission doesn’t work right and when it’s trying to send power to the wheels
instead of a nice continuous power under light acceleration it was jerking all
over the place one time when she was driving with me in a car I felt at once
and I thought she had run over something in the road and the strut were worn and I
said did that happen when you hit a bump she says no you don’t have to hit bumps so
I drove on flat surfaces the whole time and it
did jutter on a flat surface so they’ve nothing to do with the suspension and I
did it more than one one side of my house because it’s hot as Hades out here
and used today after a rain storm so I’m going to my air conditioned house and
my laptop I typed 2012 Honda CRV technical service bulletins and look
what popped up furnace service bulletin 17-040 vibration while driving
their light acceleration after software update now these TSB or technical
service bulletins these days anybody can access it on the Internet this thing
is 2012 so it’s eight years old it’s not on your warranty Honda was fixing these
things under warranty for 60,000 miles and I don’t know how many years but it’s
long out of warranty I called up the dealer just to seen it’s well on a
warrant now it said that sometimes you can change the filter reprogram the
computer and it’ll fix the problem but it’s already been changed on this
program he’s already been gone and it still does the jogger and she had that
done last year and it still does the jutter so it’s gonna need a torque
converter at a minimum now at the Honda dealer replace the torque converter
parts and labor was over a two thousand dollar job no this cars only got 70,000
miles on it but she’s been complaining about this juddering
for about a year a year and a half so it really hasn’t gotten much worse and she
told me she’s thinking about getting another car but she doesn’t want to do
it right away so my response is going to be hey look for $2000 since you’ve been
driving it this way for a year and a half and only does it once in a while
just keep driving there what the heck I don’t know the customer with the same
exact CRV told her the same thing and she said I’m not gonna spend that kind
of money and she just kept driving a thing around
she put another hundred thousand miles on it and now it jutters a little bit more
than I did before but it still goes down the road so really it’s not something
that unless you’re an absolute fanatic would be worth spending $2,000 to fix
something that judders every once in a while only under light acceleration if
it was a serious problem when you really were accelerating fast on a highway
started acting up could be dangerous but this thing only did it under light
acceleration whatever you Florida it would just go and take off and with all
the computer control crap on modern cars most people that have brains are gonna
realize there’s some things that hey I’m just gonna live with as long as they’re
not dangerous and it runs pretty good most of the time it’s not really worth
putting all effort money into something it’s eight years old I mean obviously
they have planned obsolescence written all over this with sometimes they say
well bring it in and we’ll do the software update because the original
ones had some shifting problem and they had to upgrade the software so
that they’d work quite a bit better but as they age hay and things wear some
more the software updates can only do something for the actual physical
wearing of the transmission they can’t pick something perfectly when there are
actually things like the torque converter that’s starting to wear out
and let’s say this was a serious problem I contacted my transmission expert and
he said that Scotty really if you’re gonna mess with this thing we would
replace the torque converter but we’d rebuild the whole transmission and it
would generally go between twenty-five and thirty-five hundred dollars we
should make more sense if the stupid thing actually did break and wasn’t
drivable you wanted to keep it rebuild the whole thing correctly just
don’t replace one part of it but when 99% of the time it’s working okay and a
fancy scan computer like my hotel doesn’t pick up anything wrong and when
I analyze the live data there’s nothing that’s really off more than a few
percentage points and like I said it’s got to go 15 to 20 percent off before
it’s gonna trip any codes my advice is something like this would be just leave
it alone if it’s only gonna happen less than one percent of the time it has been
doing it for like a year and a half and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better
or any worse I live with that too because on this model CRV they really
never have many transmission problems this is a regular transmission with
gears now if you’re talking about the later model CRVs that have the CVT
transmissions quite a few of those have had failures that’s another story entirely
but this pretty sure that yeah it is the torque converter wants to spend 2 grand
to fix something that works ok 99% of the time and at least now you learned a
good way to diagnose problems when there is no check engine light no bad data
that anybody can find start looking at technical service bulletins because
these are machines they’re all made in the same factory by the same robots and
humans so if there’s a known failure that’s the first thing you want to check
and those technical service bulletins give all that information and with the
internet today it’s very easy to search them down,
so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to
ring that Bell

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  2. My 2005 Honda CRV shudders under light accelerations. It almost runs fine, it has the lash whining so i guess its getting time for a transmission replacement. Might as well replace the Torque converter since I'm in there. Have you heard anything about the transmission fluid pumps going bad on Honda Crvs ? I have read that they wear out and that results in a lower system pressure situation. Should i buy a heavy duty pump ?

  3. Hey Scotty!.. I have the exact same problem on my nissan almera for 1&1/2 year. And it's all just the PRESSURE PLATE! in the transmission system. Now you know. Just ring that bell!

  4. .13. Hey Scotty. I figured out why this car shakes and the problem is right behind your head. The driver door gasket is coming down.

  5. My car does this on Cold days. It's a manual and it does it during light throttle input. I always thought it's because the car can't decide whether or not to activate the fuel cut off mode for engine braking.

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