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Honda Fit Transmission Strength - Whoops!

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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, Connecticut, USA   USA
Turns out, if you try to impress you kids by slamming your 2009 Honda Fit Sport (yeah, baby, like 95HP) into D while slowing rolling backwards and flooring it, you WILL destroy the transmission...50 miles away from home...in a parking garage...that the roadside assistance tow truck won't fit in...causing you and the driver to push the car down the 4 stories of parking garage...following a minor league hockey game that has just let out.

Not a good night for me. Thing sounded like a box of rocks so I did it good!

smileys with beer
Chris



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sparrowpi Silver Member David Sherrow
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA   USA
Right before that you thought "hey, what could possibly go wrong?"...now we know.

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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, Connecticut, USA   USA
Exactly!



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grubscrew grub screw
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"Hey guys, watch this!"



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roncohudd Gold Member Ronald Huddleston
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Hold my beer and watch this?

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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, Connecticut, USA   USA
Well, it may just be one of the driveshafts, so I may have dodged a bit of a bullet. I have no experience with them, however, but I don't think they are too bad to replace. Just have to figure out a way to determine which one it is unless I find it actually sheared.

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dplass Silver Member David P
Merrick, New York, USA   USA
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Either way, ouch.



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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, Connecticut, USA   USA
Umm, yeah, found it.
If you look closely, you'll see about 1/3 of the shaft diameter is gone due to corrosion. That little rubber boot on the tranny side was a great place to store New England snow and road salt. It was only a matter of time.

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Spitfirejoe Joe Guinan
Fremont, Nebraska, USA   USA
1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "The Phoenix"
That is an amazing amount of corrosion. Wonder what Honda would say about that...



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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, Connecticut, USA   USA
I don't know, but I'm going to find out. I'll get it out and take lots of pics and send it to them. I posted a quick video on YouTube the other day about my findings and got a comment from a guy who had just broken his that day. He was going to see if the break was in a similar area.
Of note, the photographs of the ones that I have coming (and the photos appear to be correct to the part, not generic) do not have a rubber sleeve in that area.

I'm starting work tonight after work so we'll see.

Chris



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DerbyRam54 Neville Wardle
Branford, Connecticut, USA   USA
I've changed a few drive shafts but I have never seen one like that. Usually the bearings just get too noisy. It's always worth looking at the rubber boots every time you change the oil to make sure they are OK.

The economics of drive shafts appears to be such that the cheapest route is to fit a remanufactured unit more or less whatever the problem is. NAPA might be a good place to go if you are in a hurry, a remanufactured unit should cost around $80.

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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, Connecticut, USA   USA
All fixed. Took me 5 hours from start to satisfactory test drive, including ATF change. Driver's side took me about 3 hours, but passenger's side was done in under an hour. It was a bit easier and the experience helped. The passenger's side showed the start of similar corrosion as it had the same rubber thing on the axle. A shame, otherwise, because the CV rubber boots were just fine and the joints were still smooth.

I'll send pics to Honda and see what they have to say, if anything. Not a bad job. All cars are different, of course, but if you're considering, go for it. I'm sure I saved myself about $5-600 doing them both myself.

Cheers,
Chris



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clshore Carter Shore
Beverly Hills, Florida, USA   USA
I believe that those 'rubber sleeves' are torsional dampers added by Honda Engineers to reduce noise and driveline resonance.

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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, Connecticut, USA   USA
That makes sense, Carter. Thought it may be anti-noise or anti-vibration stuff.

Thanks,
Chris



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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, Connecticut, USA   USA
Just got off the phone with my Honda dealership for a quote on the repair. While I know that dealerships are vastly more expensive...

If I used genuine Honda replacement parts, the cost was about $2300 (almost $1600 just for parts for some crazy reason).
If I used aftermarket, the cost was about $1200.

If I add up the 52 mile tow to get it home, the cost of the rental car for about a week and the parts (including 2-day shipping), it cost me about $600 and 4 hours.

Like a Visa commercial....the ability to do the repair yourself...priceless!

Cheers,
Chris



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