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Old 03-12-2006, 10:31 AM   #1
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"D" for drive is flashing

Well, my father just called me and asked me if i knew what would cause his E shift harshly into reverse and drive from park. He said the "D" on the dash is always flashing now no matter if it's in drive or park or any other gear. I have no idea what would cause this but teh manual says there may be a tranny problem. Has anyone heard anything about this or any tranny problems that may cause this?

Thanks for any help

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oh yea, like father like son, we both have elements :)
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Old 03-12-2006, 07:47 PM   #2
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Re: "D" for drive is flashing

I'd be willing to say that your father should NOT drive it, but should get it to a repair place and get it looked at immediately. It sounds like a definite transmission problem to me.

One of the laws of car repair physics states that a transmission will fail completely at the worst possible moment, such as on an uphill exit ramp in a busy part of town with emergency lane and no room to pull over.
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Old 03-12-2006, 08:36 PM   #3
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Re: "D" for drive is flashing

The flashing is the transmission computer's blinking an error code in attempt to tell you what's wrong with it. Whatever it is has to be pretty bad to result in a code.

This is very unlikely to resolve itself, and it is undriveable as long as it's flashing the code. Have him call for a tow.
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:45 PM   #4
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Well, my father just called me and asked me if i knew what would cause his E shift harshly into reverse and drive from park. He said the "D" on the dash is always flashing now no matter if it's in drive or park or any other gear. I have no idea what would cause this but teh manual says there may be a tranny problem. Has anyone heard anything about this or any tranny problems that may cause this?

Thanks for any help

steve

oh yea, like father like son, we both have elements :)
DO NOT PASS GO: GO DIRECTLY TO DR. HONDA!!!!!!
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:14 AM   #5
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DO NOT PASS GO: GO DIRECTLY TO DR. HONDA!!!!!!

Yes and please keep us posted on the outcome.

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Old 03-13-2006, 07:52 AM   #6
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Re: "D" for drive is flashing

Don't take it to the dealer! Big repairs like this will get your wallet raped big time. Take it to a transmission specialist. They will actually know what they are talking about, not just trying to see how much money they can get out of the next sucker that comes along. You'll get your bill and they will have replaced half your car, that didn't have anything wrong with it.
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Re: "D" for drive is flashing

Thanks for all the replys guys.

It turns out that a wire leading to a sensor right behind the battery mounted to the tranny was chewed through by a mouse or something. I'm glad he found that before calling for a tow taking it to the dealer would have been a big headache.

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Re: "D" for drive is flashing

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Thanks for all the replys guys.

It turns out that a wire leading to a sensor right behind the battery mounted to the tranny was chewed through by a mouse or something. I'm glad he found that before calling for a tow taking it to the dealer would have been a big headache.

thanks again
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Cool, glad that is all it was. Thanks for keeping us posted as well.

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Old 03-13-2006, 08:50 AM   #9
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Re: "D" for drive is flashing

WoW A chewed up wire

Who would have thought

Good thing you and your Dad didnt

call a tow truck.

Who found the wire?
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Re: "D" for drive is flashing

Good diagnosis work!

I'll bet you the error code being flashed was "XYZ sensor not responding" or something like that, so if you had the $70 service book for the codes you would have looked there sooner or later... glad it was sooner!
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