Flashing 'D' light
Ridge

Wheeling, WV

#41 Nov 30, 2011
If you vehicle is still under extended contract/warranty let the dealership/manufacture know before it runs out, nothing like a certified tech to keep your warranty and save you money. Keep in mind I am not a certified technician on vechicles. My Honda has 160K miles on the original engine and transmission.

When my Honda had issues the flashing Drive indicator I found it was either electrical or transmission related, I could go miles without the Drive indicator flashing. My automatic transmission would slip in between all gears, esp 1st gear, or not go into gear at all. I also also noticed that when it dropped below or around freezing and moist/rainy conditions it would act up more often then usual. Found out that water/moisture was gathering around my electrical connections and either shorting them out or corroding them. Also noticed the RPMs would fluctuate and the car would shake at times, or gear down at times while driving, so this is what I did...

First off, besides checking all your fluids, to rest the dummy light (Check Engine), I disconnected the battery, reset my CPU by locating it and unplugging it, which in my case was located on front passenger side to the right of my feet (nice place for it when things were spilled or snow and ice were on my shoes), I checked the idle, throttle, fuel filter, rotor and distributor cap, plugs, and plug wires. Checked my fuses and electrical connectors with an amp-meter, unplug and clean easy to get elec connectors (I used 91-99% Isopropyl Alcohol and Electro contact cleaner), diethyl ether for cleaning the carb, had things tested for free at local shops.
sam

Montréal, Canada

#42 Dec 2, 2011
Sandy wrote:
I had that flashing D problem with my Civic over a year ago. The car wouldn't move but when I turned the car off and started again it worked for while. I changed the oil and every thing was going fine then it started again. I changed the oil again but it got worst. I have a feeling the mechanic didn't use HONDA Transmission oil. Will that make a difference?
it make abig difference
Jdm

Avondale, AZ

#43 Dec 21, 2011
Hi I have a Honda Civic Hx 1999 with a automatic tranny. I dont know what its wrong with it, I turn it on and put it into drive and it doesnt move a bit or on reverse. Can someone help me, tell me what is wrong with it, its been sitting in my garage for like 2 months cause no mechanic can find out what is wrong. Please help!
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#44 Dec 21, 2011
Jdm wrote:
Hi I have a Honda Civic Hx 1999 with a automatic tranny. I dont know what its wrong with it, I turn it on and put it into drive and it doesnt move a bit or on reverse. Can someone help me, tell me what is wrong with it, its been sitting in my garage for like 2 months cause no mechanic can find out what is wrong. Please help!
Do your mechanics come to your garage? If so, did any of them check for the presence of transmission fluid?
Rachel

New Zealand

#45 Jan 3, 2012
I have a 2001 Odyssey and my D light flashes as well. After going to my garage, they said I needed a whole new gear box. They said it could be an electrical problem but that I definitely needed a new gearbox for it within the next 20,000kms. It had done 100,000kms when I bought it. Other things keep happening too. Like, the seat belt buckles in the front seats keep not working. The drivers seat belt buckle has completely come apart and we have to manipulate the belt buckle into place. The air-conditioning has died. Not looking forward to paying for the gearbox to be fixed...
Rachel

New Zealand

#46 Jan 4, 2012
I forgot....the passenger doors locks do not unlock when I use the key in the drivers door lock neither do they unlock when I use the unlock/lock switch located on the drivers door. Does anyone have any solutions other than sell the van?
Chuck

Voorhees, NJ

#47 Jan 4, 2012
Check the fuses first
kevin james

Orlando, FL

#48 Feb 7, 2012
Chris Butts wrote:
I have a 98 Honda Civic that recently had trouble with the automatic transmission. It would have trouble down-shifting when coming to stop. I called different mechanic shops and one guy told me it could either be the "shift speed soleniod" located on the top of the transmission, a "transmission control module" located inside the car, or it could be a sensor. So I popped the hood and checked all the connections for all my sensors and found one that had been diconnected. The "engine temperature sensor" had come unplugged so it clicked it back in to place and my transmission worked fine from then on. I confirmed this with a transmission mechanic to make sure I fixed the problem and he said that was the problem. If the computer cant read the engine temp. then it will cause it to not want to go into gear. So, if you are even the least bit mechanically inclined, check your sensors and save the trip to the repair shop.
i thnk m car jas the same senor problem.
azad

Abu Dhabi, UAE

#49 Mar 19, 2012
I have honda civic 2002 there is problem D IS BLINKIG .WHAT SHOULD I DO ?
azad

Abu Dhabi, UAE

#50 Mar 19, 2012
PLZ REPLY ME
paul tran

Hayward, CA

#51 Aug 3, 2012
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DBay

United States

#54 Aug 29, 2012
Returning from Thanksgiving vacation in my 03 Odyssey that just turned over 90,000 miles, the blinking D started when I hit the highway (with 500+ miles in front of me)! No TCS or CEL. Fluid check showed ATF was full, red with a slight darkening and no burnt smell. It had been 15,000 miles since last ATF drain and fill (at 75k). When the car was turned off, the blinking D went off and did not return until I hit 5th gear (around 60-65 mph). It then stayed on (until car was shut off) regardless of what gear I was in.
Researched the parade of horribles about Honda transmissions and found this site and thread, together with some similar discussion on OdyClub.com . I printed the helpful diagram posted on changing the 4th gear pressure switch, wrote down the parts numbers (also posted) and headed to AutoZone. The OBDII reader showed no error codes. Went to Honda dealer and discussed symptoms, including 4th gear pressure switch concern. Dealer said they could diagnose the problem (apply reader) for $100. I passed on the service and went to parts counter for quote.$80.00 for pressure switch,$4+ for O-ring. I saw the computer's entry for "cost" which showed $37+ for switch and $1+ for O-ring.
Headed to High-Tech Transmission ( http://www.high-techtransmission.com ) in Doraville, GA (ATL suburb). For no charge they used their more advanced reader and pulled a code P1740! Exactly what I was hoping to hear. The shop owner was impressed that I anticipated the code, had the replacement parts number and even a diagram of the work needed. He said he would drain and fill the ATF with Honda ATF-Z1 for $50, order the part from Honda (which he gets 20% discount on), and put it on for his cost +$25 for service. While I could order the parts online for a bit less and then do it myself, I thought the offer was very fair and wanted to give him the business.
Next day he had the parts, did the drain and fill and changed the pressure switch. He noted some "junk" on the end of the plug (he said no metal pieces or anything worrisome) and the darkening color. He recommended a second drain and fill after the test drive. Test drive confirmed the blinking D did not trigger on shifting into overdrive/5th. He only charged $25 for the second drain and fill. Total damage for 2x drain and fill, plus part and service was about $180 (w/ tax). No more blinking D!
Forgot to mention, the Honda Technician (without any review of vehicle) commented that changing a pressure switch may be a temporary fix, but the underlying problem could be a wearing of the clutch that leaves additional space such that the transmission has trouble shifting into overdrive/5th, and that the pressure switch replacement may just buy some time before needing a new transmission. I commented that maybe it would be enough in that instance to replace the 4th gear clutch. He said Honda wouldn't do that but independents would, although, again, it may only buy a little time. I was surprised at how quickly the technician was trying to condition me for a new transmission. Maybe it because they have had so many problems, maybe he just wants to sell an expensive repair, maybe some of both. I shared this with the owner at High-Tech Transmission and he said that if the clutch was worn and not shifting properly, a different code would have come up corresponding to mechanical difficulty (or something like that).
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#55 Aug 29, 2012
Dbay, nice job of sniffing this one out. I don't think the Honda tech is trying to soften you up for a trans.....Odys are known for their paper mache transmissions. Your only hope is frequent drain-and-refills.
billsand1

United States

#56 Sep 27, 2012
I have an 02 odyssey. With 246k on it rplaced the tranny at 180k . I took it in to have the transmission service and after the service it began to not shift from 1st to 2nd very well in the early am it was a delayed shift and it was a slam and then all was fine. For the rest of the day. Now it will do it at different parts of the day. When I let it sit for long periods. And now it has. The d light flashing and the check engine light is on and the tsc light comes on. I think it is a electrical issue I am going to make sure every thing is plugged in 1st and then take it to the Honda guy if I can not fix it does any one have a suggestion other than that?
Greenfir

Portland, OR

#57 Oct 20, 2012
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey I just bought. Immediately had to replace the transmission. Now the "D" light is flashing. Argh! I think I might just sell the darn thing. Any ideas?
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#58 Oct 20, 2012
Greenfir wrote:
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey I just bought. Immediately had to replace the transmission. Now the "D" light is flashing. Argh! I think I might just sell the darn thing. Any ideas?
How about taking it back to the place that put the transmission in?
rachael

Corona, CA

#59 Dec 7, 2012
i have a 1999 honda civic and the drive light is flashing and the car really jerks hard when you put it in gear and it has no 4th gear please help
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#60 Dec 7, 2012
rachael wrote:
i have a 1999 honda civic and the drive light is flashing and the car really jerks hard when you put it in gear and it has no 4th gear please help
Not much anyone can do Rachael, except take it to a transmission shop and have it diagnosed.
Chuck

Voorhees, NJ

#61 Jan 10, 2013
Unrelated to ODY D, I hope I already crossed that bridge! I have a 99 Civic, changed the battery entered the radio code and it reads ERR. I have the radio serial number. Called a local dealer and they said there is a way with the serial # to do a master reset. Can anyone help so I can avoid a trip. I would guess it's just a button sequence that has part of the serial number included. Thanks!
wey

Evansville, IN

#62 Jan 25, 2013
I have a Honda CRV 2001 with over 234,000 miles. My drive button is flashing when in park warmed car up and took around block it seemed to hold back when accelerating but still drove -came back home this is the firsttime this has happened. Should I get towed to repairshop or okay to drive and what could it be. thanks

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