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Transmission shifting question

My RL has just over 1000 miles, so it's not yet broken in. I keep the RL in my garage and outside temps are still pretty mild so far.

I've noticed several times lately that in the first mile or two of driving, the transmission will do a hard shift as it backs up through the gears as I go up a hill with light, steady throttle application.

The hard shift happens right about 39 to 40 mph as the tranny is up/down (?) shifting from 4th to 3rd gear. The shift from converter lock (5th) to 4th gear at 45 mph is smooth, but at ~ 40 mph when it shifts from 4th to 3rd gear is when I get that hard shift.

Later, it seems to do the same shift smoothly and only seems to do the hard shift when first driven after sitting overnight.

Has this been observed by others or is this just an isolated event?

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My '07 RTS does the same thing. It isn't a hot/cold issue for me, either. Basically, when driving and the tranny downshifts (at roughly 40mph), I sometimes get a rough shift. I think it's normal (for the Ridgeline), but others may have a more technical reason for it doing this. Since mine has done it since Day 1, I don't worry about it.

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Re: Transmission shifting question

let it warm up before driving and see if it does the same thing. no engine likes to be run cold
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My '07 RTS does the same thing. It isn't a hot/cold issue for me, either. Basically, when driving and the tranny downshifts (at roughly 40mph), I sometimes get a rough shift. I think it's normal (for the Ridgeline), but others may have a more technical reason for it doing this. Since mine has done it since Day 1, I don't worry about it.

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It's good to know that this is not isolated even if it seems a bit odd.

I checked my tranny fluid level a few minutes ago after driving a bit. I'm not sure how sensitive the dipstick is for a level vehicle. My garage floor has a slight slope down towards the garage door. But I'd say it checks about 1/2 to 3/4 inch below the hot range. Seems a bit low to me. I think I'll take it by the dealer tomorrow and let them check the level and see if that makes any difference.

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let it warm up before driving and see if it does the same thing. no engine likes to be run cold
I never run a cold engine hard. But I will drive away on a cold engine.

I may have to retract my statement that it only does it cold. That's when I've noticed it before. But I'm trying to pay attention and it still seems to do it (although at reduced intensity) even when warm.

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Re: Transmission shifting question

Mine has that same shift feel also. I noticed it last night. I don't mind it.
It reminds me of the Jetaway Hydramatic (4 speed automatic) from years ago. That transmission was usually rough between 2nd and 3rd. If it was a little rough between 2nd and 3rd, you knew it was right.

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Re: Transmission shifting question

yea mine does this too, has since day one.

if im in O/D going over 47mph, then slow down to around 40mph ......it almost always dumps hard down into the lower gears(especially when you start up a hill)

I drive on alot of roads with 40 mph speed limit, usually I go about 5 over and the RL hates going that speed! it is always shifting up/down/up/down and never can be happy...I have learned to ignore it because it seems to be typical of this vehicle.

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Re: Transmission shifting question

It appears to be a common phenomenon and nothing to be concerned about.

I had the dealer check my tranny fluid (while I observed) and it was right at the bottom of the hot range after about 5 miles of driving today. Apparently the dipstick reading is very sensitive to the vehicle being level.

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It appears to be a common phenomenon and nothing to be concerned about.

I had the dealer check my tranny fluid (while I observed) and it was right at the bottom of the hot range after about 5 miles of driving today. Apparently the dipstick reading is very sensitive to the vehicle being level.

Not just level, but how warm as well.

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Not just level, but how warm as well.
Would you think 5 miles of driving (45mph) would be sufficient to warm it properly? When I first checked in my garage, I'd driven 10-15 miles in stop and go type driving with multiple stops and restarts.

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