My 2003 Ody (just 65K miles) is giving me a lot of grief lately.
1. I feel a lot of steering wheel vibration travelling on some stretches of roads at about 35 mph.
2. A month or so ago, I felt some hesitation at about 60mph. But it was very brief, came and went a few times for a particular trip.
Since it was time for a major service, I brought it to a local Honda specialist, telling them both the symptoms. They said there's nothing wrong with the car except a couple of tires are out of round, and maybe one rim is a little bent.
Brought the car to my tire guy whom I bought a set of BFG from in 2007 and he said the tires are not out-of-round. In any case, I am going to wait a little before changing out those tires.
This past weekend, driving on the highway, my "D" light started flashing. Brought it in immediately on Monday to my Honda specialist. They found the code P1740 in the car computer, and suggested I bring the car to a dealer for a possible transmission job.
So I brought the car to a dealer. They called me back and told me the only thing that is broken is the 4th gear pressure switch. I said great, that is certainly cheaper to repair.
Got my car back today, drove on the highway on the way home just to see how the car drives.
Now this is the disturbing part, between 55mph and 60 mph, the car vibrates a lot. The floor board is vibrating, the steering wheel is surprisingly steady. I got home still wondering if that was caused by those out-of-round tires. After reading up on the web, I decided to take it out for a drive again in the evening. There's this stretch of I-680 that has just been paved, it's so smooth. I slowed the car down to around 55 mph, sure enough, there was the vibration. I then tried to see if the tires are really the problem. I took my foot off my gas pedal, and the vibration stopped. I stepped on the gas, and the vibration started. Wow, that couldn't be the wheel could it?
Now I am concerned it's really the transmission, and the dealer didn't completely diagnose the problem. I will bring it in again on Friday and have a guy drive with me to show him the problem.
Any advice from anyone on this forum?
I'm kinda disappointed at the quality of Honda after reading posts here.
Thanks in advance.