Got the dreaded P0740 code on my 2004 Ody 195,800 mileage on a trip back home followed by TCS which goes off & stays off for a while after each engine shut off. All this after TruCool cooler installed when bought @ 77,000 miles, replaced external transmission filter, faithful flushes & refills. Haven’t had any major repair up to this point so guess I shouldn’t complain.
Besides the code, symptoms are: when engine is cold, 1st start in the morning, back out of garage obviously in reverse, then put into drive, it hesitates for maybe 5 seconds before engaging. The more I drive & warmer the fluids, no slippage at all. In fact, other than the CEL light, you’d never know there was a tranny problem.
So took van to Honda dealer for evaluation. $125 later, told the tranny is bad. 3 estimates given include parts, labor & even taxes = drive out the door fixed: #1. Used tranny: $4,200 #2. Remanufacured tranny with 3 year unlimited mileage: $5,800. #3. Honda trannny kit? (Service advisor said Honda tranny but stigmata says kit) 3 year, 36,000 miles: $5,600.
My questions are: #1. Which of the 3 options would you recommend? #2. Is it worth it to put $4-6K into a van with almost 200,000 on it? Due soon for timing belt, water pump, etc. maintenance & little repairs I haven’t fixed: 1 rear vent motor bad, CD player does play CDs, clock light out (I fixed once), more window wind noise. Replaced front struts & just paid $600 for 4 brand new tires. I’ve tried to keep it maintained since it’s our primary vehicle. Appreciate feedback. Thanks