Honda Odyssey Automatic Transmission Shifting Problems


The Honda Odyssey is a reliable family van, according to many reviews from, but complaints have arisen about transmission problems. Even though there have been few recalls on the Odyssey over the years, none of these recalls deals with the shifting, jerking and transmission failure some Honda owners have experienced.

Transmission Noise

  • According to, some Honda Odyssey owners have noted problems with noise coming from the transmission when shifting. The noise is most pronounced when shifting the automatic transmission from park to drive. This problem is attributable to an issue with the CV joint. The CV joint has a rubber boot or cover that protects the joint from leaking grease and becoming corroded with dirt. When the boot or cover becomes damaged, the grease leaks out and can cause the transmission to make loud noises when shifting gears. The Odyssey owner can check to see if the CV joint is the problem by holding the brake while shifting from neutral to park then to reverse. If a clanking noise is heard while doing this test, the CV joint is the problem.

Transmission Shudder

  • The Honda Odyssey may shudder when the gears are shifted. This automatic transmission problem is attributable to the transmission mounts, which may have come loose or be broken. When the mounting brackets become loose, each time the transmission shifts gears a loud noise can be heard, and the Odyssey will begin to shake or shudder. The transmission must be taken into the dealership or an authorized transmission mechanic to have new transmission mounts installed or tightened in order to prevent this shifting problem from creating more issues with the Odyssey.

Overdrive Problems

  • The overdrive in the Honda Odyssey may have problems engaging. Some Odyssey owners have complained about the overdrive in the Honda not working after the transmission fluid is replaced. This problem is due to a transmission additive or the wrong type of transmission fluid in the Odyssey than recommended by the manufacturer. If this problem is occurring, the Honda owner needs to flush the transmission and refill it with Honda ATF-Z1 fluid. This flushing needs to be done again if the shifting problems continue.

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