If all things fails, try using Royal Purple oil for a change. I came across a CRV owner who had shifting problems that were similar and after usng Royal Purple transmission fluids, it seems the problem was resolved.
February, 12, 2012 AT 8:10 AM
That would be safer than the tablespoon of brake fluid I was thinking of.
February, 13, 2012 AT 2:05 PM
Rivermikerat, I'll do the test when I can. This weekend put OEM cruise in my other DX so that took up several hours. I'm assuming you're looking to see if 3rd clutch is bad by low pressure?
KHLow2008, I may try the royal purple after the pressure test and figuring out if the PCM is sending bad signals or not. Is Royal Purple more viscous or something? Could you explain what exactly the CRV was doing? I'm curious to see what connections there are because I think some of the CRV's used the A4RA 4-speed also?
Bgorpy, Thanks for your support. This has been quite an experience and I feel like I know almost everything about the car except how the inside of the transmission looks! I don't have any plans on giving up as I have two cars doing identical things. It's good to know now that a Civic EX, V-tec stock from factory with the B4RA transmission can have the same problem. I'm wondering in our case also if the CPC vavle spring may have lost part of a coil thus causing low pressure problems? One thing I would like to know is someone who has this problem and had the car before it started doing it, is if it happened immediately or if the flare came on slowly?
February, 13, 2012 AT 3:02 PM
The CRV was doing intermittent flaring and at times harsh shifting.
February, 13, 2012 AT 7:20 PM
Ihbigred, You are welcome! I am a little confused by your comment about " a Civic EX, V-tec stock from the factory with a B4RA transmission." I thought my 1996 EX came with the A4RA. Is the B4RA only used with the V-tec engines? Also, what does CPC stand for(constant pressure control?)? Thanks!
February, 13, 2012 AT 7:53 PM
KHLow2008, thanks, but what about the royal purple, what is the difference between it than the Honda ATF besides one being synthetic?
Bgorpy, Sorry, in 97 they came out with a different 4-speed along with the A4RA and I forgot yours was a 96. CPC stands for clutch pressure control. The spring is for the CPC valve in the tranny and is known to fail due to stress.
February, 13, 2012 AT 8:21 PM
Honda did have some problems with their transmission. No doubt thay had their own recommended brand and it could possibly be that their transmission fluids are not as good as it should be so Royal Purple is an alternative that could work.
February, 17, 2012 AT 5:42 PM
Read thru all of this posting. I have a 98 Honda CRV with the same flaring issue. This don't happen when the engine is cold or car has been sitting for a while, also doesn't happen when I floor the gas. Didn't seem to happen over the winter too, as Missouri weather is cold, but then again I had a open thermostat so engine was running cold (after replacement I didn't notice it). Anyway its getting warmer here again and I have seen the symptoms come back again, esp. If the engine is in normal operating temperature. I have been driving the CRV like this for almost 3 years (since 116, 00 bought used); and yet to find a solution.
Things I've done which will relate to this: DRAIN & FILL 4X w/HG Fluids
Timing belt/water pump
Anyways, GOod to know I am not alone with this problem. And thank you!
1998 HONDA CRV 135000
February, 17, 2012 AT 5:58 PM
Kmomotaro, Thanks for the input. I don't plan to stop until I find the problem because no one else has found it yet and I'd like there to be at least one thread with the answer to this problem.
I have recently found a friend who I think has a 97 Civic DX that doesn't have this flaring problem, at least he says he doesn't. He gave me permission to have full access to it in which I plan to pull information, run tests, swap out parts and see if anything I do external to the transmission will make it act up. I'll update on this when I have a chance to play with his car.
February, 19, 2012 AT 3:18 AM
I hope both of you guys come back and post your final results when you figure this out. As you can see, it has many of us here stumped and I, for one, would love to see what fixes this.