2001 Accord - please help diagnose drivetrain problem

Discussion in 'Accord' started by George Earl, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. George Earl

    George Earl Guest

    2001 Accord LX-V6, automatic, 90k miles, all services faithfully
    maintained at the dealer, including recent 90k service.

    I'm getting a whup-whup-whup sound from the left front (I think) that
    increases and decreases in frequency with road speed. It is most
    pronounced between 35 - 40 mph but is also noticeable beneath and
    above that range.

    It's more pronounced when accelerating away from a stop or when I have
    a full tank of gas or passengers (I guess because the car is carrying
    more weight).

    It is also more pronounced between 40 - 35 mph when decelerating,
    especially if going down a hill approaching a stop sign. When this
    happens I also get symptoms similar to what you get with a warped
    brake rotor (jerky motion in car), except that I don't get the
    pulsating brake pedal.

    The dealer has checked and found all brake rotors to be true, all
    wheel bearings and suspension components to be fine. They noticed some
    mild cupping in my tires and suggested I change them. I bought new
    tires but that did not fix the problem - it is still there.

    Any thoughts what might be causing this whup-whup noise that appears
    to be in the drivetrain?


    George Earl, Jun 17, 2006
  2. George Earl

    jim beam Guest

    isn't there a recall on the v6's for transmission problems?

    if you're not affected by that, check the motor mounts and the inner
    drive shaft bearings.
    jim beam, Jun 17, 2006
  3. George Earl

    butch burton Guest

    For you own peace of mind - jack up the front end and check the wheel
    bearings by pulling gently back and forth at the 12 and 6 oclock
    position on the left front tire and at the 9 and 3 oclock position -
    had a wheel bearing to go out on an accord and it did have the rump
    rump sound at certain speeds - when i did the wheel wiggle thing - you
    could feel the tire moving when tugging on it - check both sides for

    If a wheel bearing on the front wheel of a front drive car goes - there
    goes your wheel - they really get loud before they go and you can feel
    the steering getting loose on turns.

    Let us know what u find.
    butch burton, Jun 17, 2006
  4. George Earl

    George Earl Guest

    I'm not aware of a recall on the V-6s for transmission problems,
    however they did extend the warranty on the transmissions to 100k

    I guess it's back to the dealer for a more thorough inspection . . .

    George Earl, Jun 17, 2006
  5. George Earl

    George Earl Guest

    Well it appears my automatic transmission has bitten the pooch . . .

    I took it back to the dealer and went for a drive with the service
    manager. Within 1/4 mile he had diagnosed it.

    He was not the least bit surprised. He says he replaces so many of
    these transmissions that he has two guys working full time just doing
    that. Once he orders it it takes a day or two to get here and they
    swap out the old one and put in the new one in about 5 hours.

    I'm sure glad Honda extended the warranty on the transmission to 100k
    .. . .

    George Earl, Jun 19, 2006
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