Q: Feels like transmission slipping

asked by on

My Honda feels like the transmission is slipping when you first accelerate from a dead start. But it’s not a normal slip. It feels like the rear wheels are hopping or jerking, and it shakes the entire car. As soon as I let off the gas it stops. If I ease on the gas it runs fine. The transmission fluid is full and looks good with no burning smell. The 4 wheel drive is disengaged. I am having a hard time determining whether it’s the transmission or the rear end causing the problem. My car is not used for off road driving or for pulling, so there is no damage from that. It has 76000 miles on it and both the transmission and differentials have been serviced within the past year. Do you have any ideas as to what the problem is? Thank you.

It sounds like you may have a problem with one of your rear CV axles on your 2002 Honda Passport. If one of the axles fails, this can cause the driver to feel some resistance as well as vibrations.

If the differential has a problem internally, this can also cause the issues you are having. I would first recommend having your CV axles inspected for damages to determine if replacement is required.

If the CV axles seem to be okay, I would then recommend having the rear differential disassembled and inspected for irregular wear that may be causing your problem.

The resolution for this issue could be anywhere from a CV axle replacement to a total differential rebuild. It is highly unlikely that the transmission is causing the issue you are experiencing based on your description. If you need help having this checked, a certified technician can come to your home or office to diagnose your acceleration problem.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Feels like transmission slipping

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When should the air bag system be serviced?

While the air bag system on your Accord is designed to be maintenance free, there are times when service will be necessary. These include: After Air Bag Deployment: In the event that an air bag is deployed, the air...

Q: Engine stays running but no power at wheels

Greetings and thank you for writing in with this question! Problems like this can be difficult to diagnose. Does the Check Engine Light illuminate when the car loses power? If so, a local mechanic (like those with YourMechanic) can diagnose...

Q: Transmission clicks and jump while shifting in stop and go traffic

Hello. This vehicle has a history of transmission problems. Most of the time it is because the second gear band fractures. When this occurs, it has trouble holding several gears properly and causing shifting issues. It may also be caused...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...