After thinking that we had resolved the transmission issues on our Honda Odyssey, I was greeted by an unwelcome sight the other day while driving home from our Mother’s Day brunch… More engine warning lights.
This time around, it was a combination of the TCS light and the orange check engine light. A quick check of the owners manual suggested that it might be something related to the emission system, but we weren’t so lucky.
After dropping everyone off at home, I headed over to our local auto parts store to have them check the engine warning codes. The good news is that they do this for free. The bad news is that their scan tool reported error code P0740, which is triggered by problems with the torque converter.
The next morning, we headed over to the dealer for the bad news. The torque converter is shot, and the transmission is starting to slip in 3rd gear. In other words, our transmission is dying. While we could keep driving until it refuses to shift, I don’t want my wife getting stuck in the middle of nowhere, and we don’t want to do any further damage.
The service advisor presented us with two options… Either have them rebuild the transmission, or have them swap it out with a remanufactured transmission. We opted for the rebuild, and are thus van-less while we wait for the work to be done.