Last fall the drive light started blinking on our Honda Odyssey. According to the manual, this light signals possible transmission trouble. We were thus relieved to learn that we just needed to swap out the 4th gear pressure switch.
Well, guess what? Here we are, just six months later, and the green drive light has started blinking again. We took it into the mechanic this morning and have since learned that our beloved minivan was throwing off the same error code as before – P1740 – which indicated that the 4th gear pressure switch had once again gone bad.
Obviously, I’m less than thrilled by this. While it’s possible that they simply installed a faulty switch that went bad before its time, my gut is telling me that we’re dealing with something more serious. We haven’t seen any other symptoms of trouble, but I’m having a hard time chalking this up to coincidence or bad luck.
As you may be aware, the 2nd generation Honda Odyssey (first built in 1999) has a history of transmission problems. While that was supposed to be resolved in 2001, problems persisted through at least 2003. I’m now starting to suspect that the problems lingered through 2004, which was the final year of this design.
Ugh. We’re still awaiting final word from our mechanic, but I have a feeling that this is just the start of our transmission troubles. If you’ve dealt with similar problems in the past, I’d love to hear any words of wisdom that you might be able to offer.