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Ask Smithy Xtra Shuddering Honda Odyssey

Asked by Neil Gorham

Around 10,000-20,000 km ago, I noticed a slight shudder coming through the drivetrain between 60 and 80 km/h in my 2004 Honda Odyssey. It has always been serviced by a Honda dealer and now has 110,000 km on the clock. The dealer tells me that it's the torque converter and as they are a sealed unit, it will need replacing. Should this part be failing at only 80,000 km and have you had any other reports of this nature?

Answered by CarsGuide

7 Dec 2010 Graham Smith

It is low mileage for the torque converter to fail, but it’s not unknown for it to happen. While we haven’t had other reports of this failure on Hondas we have seen failures on other makes and models. It’s probably the damper clutch that’s gone in the torque converter.

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