Transmission not shifting into gear, causing jerking when slowing down and other issues

  • 2009 HONDA PILOT
  • 180,000 MILES
As I was going to the gas station today, my vehicle started jerking as I approached a stop sign. As I made a right, the engine was revved up, but it wouldn't get into gear until maybe 5 seconds then it began to drive regularly. I pulled into the gas station, then all the lights on the dashboard started to flash on and off plus the air conditioner turned off and wouldn't turn back on. I was able to drive it back home, but couldn't put it in reverse to back up into the driveway so I had to drive it forward.
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Monday, August 19th, 2019 AT 5:50 AM

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Hello and welcome to 2CarPros. The first thing you need to do is check the transmission fluid level.


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2009 Honda Truck Pilot 2WD




ATF Level Check

Vehicle¬ Maintenance¬ Fluids¬ Fluid - A/T¬ Service and Repair¬ Removal and Replacement¬ ATF Level Check


ATF¬ Level Check

NOTE: Keep all foreign particles out of the transmission.

¬ 1.¬ Park the vehicle on the level ground.

¬ 2.¬ Warm up the engine to normal operating temperature (the radiator fan comes on), then turn the engine off. Do not allow the engine to warm up longer than the time it takes for the radiator fan to come on twice.

NOTE: Check the ATF level within 60-90 seconds after turning the engine off. Higher ATF level may be indicated if the radiator fan comes on twice or more.

¬ 3.¬ Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) (A) from the dipstick guide tube, and wipe it with a clean cloth.

¬ 4.¬ Insert the dipstick into the guide tube.

¬ 5.¬ Remove the dipstick, and check the ATF level. It should be between the upper mark (A) and the lower mark (B).

¬ 6.¬ If the level is below the lower mark, check for fluid leaks at the transmission, and the ATF hoses and the line joints. If a problem is found, fix it before filling the transmission with ATF.

NOTE: If the vehicle is driven when the ATF level is below the lower mark, one or more of these symptoms may occur:

¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ -¬ ¬ Transmission damage.
¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ -¬ ¬ Vehicle does not move in any gear.
¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ -¬ ¬ Vehicle accelerates poorly, and flares when starting off in D and R positions.
¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ -¬ ¬ The engine vibrates at idle.

¬ 7.¬ If the level is above the upper mark, drain the ATF to the proper level.

NOTE: If the vehicle is driven when the ATF level is above the upper mark, the vehicle may creep forward while in N, or have shifting problems.

¬ 8.¬ If necessary, fill the transmission with the ATF through the filler hole (A) to bring the fluid level between the upper mark and the lower mark of the dipstick. Do not fill the fluid above the upper mark. Always use Honda ATF DW-1 (ATF-Z1 has been replaced with ATF DW-1, Honda Service News Nov 2010)¬ Automatic Transmission Fluid¬ (ATF). Using a non-Honda ATF can affect shift quality.

¬ 9.¬ Install the ATF filler bolt (B) and a new sealing washer (C).

10.¬ Insert the dipstick back into the dipstick guide tube.

If fluid level is good then do a computer scan. Here is a link on how to retrieve codes with a basic hand held scanner.

Let us know how the level is and if you have any trouble codes please.
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Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 AT 1:37 AM

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