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.

A: It sounds like you may have a problem with ...

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.

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I turn on the parking lights?

The parking lights are controlled by the light switch, which is on the turn signal lever, which protrudes from the left side of the steering column. To turn on the parking lights, rotate the light switch into the parking light...

Q: Car stopped, steering wheel stuck, check engine light orange

It sounds like you may have a failing alternator. The alternator is responsible for running the electrical system of your vehicle while the engine is running as well as keeping the battery fully charged. If the alternator fails, this can...

Q: my car gearbox fluid is low, what should I do should I bring it or I can't drive it thanks

Hello. You should definitely not drive your car when the transmission gear box oil is low as this could cause major damage. In this situation, I would have an expert come to your vehicle to have it diagnosed and repaired....

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...