Transmission Service: Get the H5 Transmission in Your Acura TL Ready for the Christmas Season

Posted by on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The H5 is a five-speed automatic transmission designed and built by the Honda Motor Company. It is considered a trans-axle because it incorporates the axle’s assembly and the transmission into one unit. The H5 is designed exclusively for vehicles with front wheel drive. The H5 transmission was the predecessor to the B7XA and the MPYA transmissions, and was eventually replaced by the H6 automatic transmission (a six-speed transmission).  The H5 automatic transmission first went into production in 2000, and Honda kept it as part of the lineup through the end of the 2006 model years. Honda used this transmission in many Honda and Acura vehicles, including the Acura CL, the Acura MDX, the Honda Odyssey, and the Honda Accord. It could also be found in the Acura TL.

The Acura TL came with the H5 automatic transmission

The Acura TL came with the H5 automatic transmission Source:

The Acura TL is considered to be a mid-size luxury car. Acura is the Luxury arm of Honda. The Acura TL was designed to replace the older Acura Vigor. Besides selling it in the United States, Honda also sold it in Japan as the Honda Inspire and the Honda Saber. For years, the Acura TL was Acura’s best selling vehicle, until it was finally displaced by the Acura MDX. The H5 transmission was mainly used in the second generation of the Acura TL. The Acura TL was only available as a four-door sedan and was built in the USA in Honda’s Marysville, Ohio plant. This car could be ordered with a variety of engines, including the 2.5 liter and 3.2 liter V6 engines.

Winter is upon us, and the Christmas shopping season is just around the corner, which can be stressful enough without other problems interfering to make it worse. This is why it is important to get your transmission serviced now. The cold weather and long lines getting in and out of shopping malls can be very hard on the H5 transmission. Here is what a good transmission service should include.

Drain the Transmission Completely

All the old fluid in the transmission must come out. The only way to properly accomplish this is to remove the transmission pan and drain the fluid. Some shops will try to cheat by sucking the old fluid up through the transmission dipstick tube. This method never completely removes all the transmission fluid, allowing the old fluid to contaminate the new replacement fluid. This is also a good time to update to a full synthetic transmission fluid. Although more expensive, it will provide excellent cold weather protection.

Replace Transmission Filter

Over time, the internal transmission components will wear. This is perfectly normal. The filter is designed to catch small particles before they can make their way into the small passages in the valve body. Once in the valve body they can cause all sorts of damage, including complete transmission failure. If left unchanged, the filter can get clogged to the point where it can no longer transmit transmission fluid. This will starve the transmission of fluid, causing it to seize up or slip, destroying all the friction material and thrust bearings.

Check Transmission Bands

Unlike the clutches found in your H5 transmission, the bands cannot self-adjust to compensate for normal wear, and the adjustment on them must be checked. Over time, without periodical adjustments, the bands will start to slip and accelerate wear. This will eventually lead to the total failure of the transmission.

Test and Scan

Conduct a thorough electronic scan of the transmission along with a test drive. Both of these will reveal possible pending damage that may be corrected before it’s too late.

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