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Old 11-28-2012, 10:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Holy sh** that was in there

If you may or may not know, I am currently rebuilding my trans. I was looking for the mysterious and elusive 2nd filter. I FOUND IT! SUCK THAT ACURA! The dealer wouldn't even sell me the replacement filter because "it doesn't exist" B.S. Well, I found it and I posted some more pic's on flickr since this forum has LOW space for high res photos. Flickr: poolpartysrule's Photostream
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are they both buried inside the tranny or can you get to them for service?
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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both are inside the trans housing, but I found another, in the valve body too, making it 3.

here is a video inside the transmission case. I forgot to turn on sound when recording, my mistake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_XgBaMXHaE
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That's BS that they put everything in the trans housing making it impossible to service them. No wonder these cars have so many tranny problems.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What year trans is this?
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It's a 2003. I made a video showing where it is but I forgot to turn on sound.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing.

I am planning on rebuilding the tranny on my 03 MDX also. I am just wondering what problems are you trying to fix? And did you buy any special tools, like the main shaft holder, the 40 x 42 mm wrench(I need to disassemble the secondary shaft), etc.? If so, what is your suggestion where to buy them?

Also, any tips/tricks that you would like to share? Thanks.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I am just wondering what problems are you trying to fix?
A few, like the filtration issue I have been preaching since my first post, as seen in the video. Removing the 2 internal filters. Also the clutches were burn black so those needed to be changed.

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I am planning on rebuilding the trans on my 03 MDX also
Are you doing it yourself? IT IS A TON OF WORK TO INSTALL! I paid someone to drop it down for me so I could rebuild it with my mech. friend (long time friend= lower price quote!) I had planned to rebuild it myself and do a full tutorial, but I need more parts than what I initially anticipated, and soon my thanksgiving break was over, and I had too pay extra to get it done since I couldn't go to class and finish my HW at the same time.... lost a big opportunity to show the forum some stuff. I'll ask my mech. if he has the part for the compression holder. I'll pass you the info.

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Also, any tips/tricks that you would like to share?
1. remove both rad hoses to get to the trans.
2. you must also remove the front diff, front frame, cv axles, also power steering rack. not fun. 4 hours of work.
3. get a transmission jack, not a floor jack. (unless you have a two post lift.
4. use masking tape to label all parts & screws.
5. use an engine hoist to hold the engine while rebuilding.
6. My trans was previously rebuilt, some idiot mech, and I found a few errors, the flared ring on clutch 3 was upside down, ripped a clutch seal, burning my clutch set.

i'll write some more once I remember.
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2003 Acura MDX transmission

Thank you for sharing all your knowledge. I am certainly not as talented or courageous in attempting to rebuild my transmission…. but I can sure use your guidance as I am having repeated problems with my 2003 Acura MDX transmission and the transmission shop trying to rip me off.

Background

Like many others, my transmission also failed on the MDX at just 85K miles. I had it rebuilt at a local transmission shop about a year ago. By reading these forums, I also had them replace the Rear Main Seal and add a separate transmission cooler. The shop also gave me a 2 year 24,000 mile warranty.

Fast-forward

It ran good for about 6 months, but lately I have had several problems….. on top of it the shop has consistently tried to gouge more money claiming “as non warranty work”

3 months ago the transmission started shifting abruptly in cold weather during the first 5 minutes of warm-up, but returned to normal as the MDX warmed up. I took it back to the shop and they tried to get another $200 claiming it was a bad solenoid. Not sure if they actually replaced the solenoid or maybe just cleaned it and drained the old fluid which temporally fixed the problem.

Few weeks back new problem….. The transmission gets really noisy in park, neutral and if I try to accelerate from a “Complete Stop”. There is no noise in Reverse Gear or if I am at a “Complete Stop” in D5, D4 etc. Also, the sound is not so apparent after shifting past 1st Gear above 10 mph. The noise initially started as a whining sound (similar to a jet engine starting up) and now it is more of a low grinding (similar to worn brake pads against the rotor). For now the good part is that the transmission still performs flawlessly by shifting into all the gears and does not have any issues slipping or jerking when driving….. even going up a steep hill at all speeds.

Questions

1. I know the shop is going to try to weasel out of doing repairs under warranty so any guess what the likely cause? ….. Do you think it is the torque converter, or a bearing near the converter that could be replaced without dismantling the whole unit.
2. My understanding is that 2003 MDX has a separate transfer case, Can the shop try and blame it as transfer case failure or any other drive-train issue?

I apologize for the lengthy post………Any guidance would be greatly appreciated !!!!
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Please don't post the same thing in three different topics. Just post it in one place. Anyone who can help will see it there.
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