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Honda recalls 2014-2015 Civic, Fit for possible CVT component failure

143,000 model year 2014-2015 Honda Civic and Fit vehicles equipped with CVT automatic transmissions have been recalled for a possible defective drive shaft pulley component. Is your’s one of them?


Honda’s CVT (continuously variable transmission) is a mechanically complicated wonder. We’ve experienced it's very capable yet sometimes high-revving, engine to transmission engagement in Honda Civic, Fit and HR-V, and find this Honda pioneered technology to work very well under most if not all driving conditions.

We found CVT technology to work very well in 2015 Honda Fit, you may read our Arizona drive-review here.

The current CVT related recall according to Honda

Somewhere along the parts manufacturing supply line came a number of substandard drive pulley shaft components. Looking to the numbers, 20 or so components have failed to date in Canada and the U.S..

According to Thursday’s release, an undisclosed number of drive pulley shaft components may have been manufactured at the lower end of the hardness scale. The danger here is the possible failure of this component, resulting in a loss of power,or the lock-up of the drive wheel, when subject to extremely high hydraulic pressure. There has been no accident or injury related to this recall reported to date.

We found 2016 CVT technology to work very well when paired to this car's 2.0 Liter engine.

Affected customers will receive written notification from Honda sometime in mid October 2015. All vehicles included in this recall will be repaired at no charge to the owner. Additionally, owners may check their vehicle recall status here, or by calling (888)234-2138

Watch how Honda revealed the 2016 Civic.


JeffS (not verified)    October 2, 2015 - 3:34PM

Good Day Parks. Do you know if this has anything to do with the, "vibration" issue that some owners have been reporting?

Parks McCants    October 3, 2015 - 4:06PM

In reply to by JeffS (not verified)

Good day JeffS. No, I don't believe it does. The 2015 Honda CR-V is not listed in the recall. The possibility of a failed pulley-shaft component in any CVT transmission is very slight to negligible. This recall is a precautionary measure, as most component recalls are. To put this into perspective: The total number of Civic and Fit vehicles sold in 2014, 2015 is well over 700,000 units, 20 shaft pulley assemblies have failed to date.

eduardo (not verified)    January 20, 2016 - 5:18PM

In reply to by JeffS (not verified)

Good day Guy's, CVT problem can be fix,I've done it. Just a matter of rebuild and a little work for the problem.then it's done. 09052929079 Manila Philippines,,,Automatic trans/auto mech from Europe,,,thnks guy's

JeffS (not verified)    October 4, 2015 - 9:59AM

As I have made mention many a time, it is amazing that more problems like this do not happen. I was just wondering if there was a connection. As I have also mentioned, Honda/Acura have always addressed the few warrantee issues that have arisen within my Family over the years regarding Honda/Acura products willingly, fairly and did a pretty good job, (Dealers who do the work can get a little sloppy, but no real issues). Not all MFG. can make that claim and that's where the differences lie. Not in the recall itself, but more so as to how it is addressed. A Good Day to you Mr. Parks.

Parks McCants    October 4, 2015 - 3:55PM

In reply to by JeffS (not verified)

Welcome JeffS Honda has one of the highest incident of recall in the industry. The company holds a very conservative, precautionary, preventive policy when it comes to issuing a component recall. Case in point: As to this recall, related dealership repair reports number 22 in North America. And, yes, your service experience will differ from dealer to dealer, all independently owned businesses. Happy driving!

george mitchell (not verified)    January 10, 2016 - 8:29PM

experienced car moving "forward" when car shifted into "reverse". transmission software problem ?

eduardo (not verified)    January 20, 2016 - 5:00PM

Good day guy's, I'm a mech from Europe, presently working in Phil's,CVT problem can be fix ,,,,09052929079,automatic trans/auto mech(AC)

Michelle (not verified)    October 5, 2016 - 10:31PM

I have a 2015 civic exl with 14000 miles. Whenever the engine is cold and I start it with my foot on the brake and put it in reverse the car shakes really bad. When I let off the brake it quits. Dealership says its the cvt fluid that needs to heat up before the vibration stops. All mounts are good but the fluid issue sounds a little strange to me. Any suggestions from anyone else?

Parks McCants    October 6, 2016 - 12:12AM

In reply to by Michelle (not verified)

Welcome Michelle. Do you allow the car systems to warm up a bit? Please start the vehicle with the parking brake set, and your foot off of the brake peddle. You electric assisted brakes, and loads from the car's climate control, if on, places a "load" on the engine. This can result in vibration. It takes no less than 30 seconds or so for fluids to circulate throughout the cars engine, transmission, cooling and climate control components on start up. If your car continues to vibrate longer than a minute, then there is a flaw in the system. It may be your CVT transmission. However, as far as I know, Civic is not named in the most recent Technical Service Bulletin. It may also be a brake system related drop in vacuum, etc. Please provide me with an update after the recommended "warm up" interval. 2- minutes should do it. Good luck.