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Honda to recall over 2 mil vehicles in U.S., China

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I may be ignorant of the intricacies of engine transmissions but how will doing a software upgrade counter a weak bearing? This sounds like a physical design flaw.

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Probably, it will change the point at which the transmission shifts gears to put less stress on the suspected weak bearing. This will change vehicle performance and gasoline mileage somewhat.

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I have a Honda but fortunately it's a stick shift. I've already had two repairs due to recall and I think that's enough for one car.

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Exactly as @badmigraine wrote.

This is not a definite solution to the problem but they will gain time as the bearing will survive for a bit longer and later when the bearing will finally snuff it, they replace it for big money for the car owner cost. After a year or two, the owner wont be able to identify the problem anyway and even if he can he won't be in the mood to pay a fortune to lawyers to sue Honda. Supposing he can prove it at all.

Not even mentioning Honda needs time to redesign and produce the new bearing and its housing, if it can be done at all.

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Got it thanks! Learned something new today!

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This will help Toyota in achieving its sales tartgets for the year 2011 !

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The software can cut power during the gear shift phase.The engine management system that runs and maps the EFI gives all the info it needs to monitor engine load and revs anyway.All this happens in milliseconds.Yes it is a fix,but for a problem that should never have occurred.Bearing can take a tremendous load radially,but when undue axial load is applied it suffers.In simple terms they are rated and capable of spinning a lot more than the engine is capable of making them,but put a sideways,load on them and your asking for trouble.

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Oh no!

Please tell me it isn't Vista!

A blue screen of death in the transmission!

OMG!

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Are they getting radiation checks?

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Um boys.....you all are using the term bearing. There are more than one. I have helped to rebuild engines with boy friends, but never a transmission, but I am positive there are more than one bearing.

Most of you probably assume that the timing chain is a chain too, if you have ever heard of it, but it is not a chain.

The software should fix the smoothness of the changes as they step up and down in the gear system.

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again?****

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What happened to the old Japanese reliability in anything? Get advice from FIAT!!!LOL

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The bearing in question is the secondary shaft bearing in the transmission, Honda claims that the bearing can fail "if a driver rapidly and/or aggressive moves the gear selector between REVERSE, NEUTRAL and DRIVE as some would do to free a stuck vehicle and others who may drive aggressively", they also claim "this can cause the engine to stall."

The updated software will introduce a slight delay and reduce the engines power output to ease the transition between these gears, it will have no effect on the drive-ability of the vehicles otherwise as you travel down the road.

My take is that Honda has had a string of warranty claims on transmissions damaged from this type of abuse and in an effort to reduce further claims (and expense) they have come up with this updated torque management software. To make certain that as many vehicles receive this new update as possible Honda has introduced it as a "Voluntary Recall" in the name of safety, when in all actuality it is most likely a preemptive cost saving measure (in the end) for Honda.

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Honda claims that the bearing can fail "if a driver rapidly and/or aggressive moves the gear selector between REVERSE, NEUTRAL and DRIVE as some would do to free a stuck vehicle and others who may drive aggressively", they also claim "this can cause the engine to stall."

Is Honda blaming drivers? Isn't it simply that they used out of class, cheap materials and faulty design again to save money? God knows where the multinational big boys get their designers and buy their parts and materials from.

No problem, brand names never die.

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This the result of shifting production abroad - defective cars!

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