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post #1 of 14 Old 12-28-2016, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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I received a letter from honda saying that my car needs an important software update. It says that under certain driving conditions this software issue may cause the transmission belt to slip. Has anyone had this done? What issue does this update resolve and how long does it take? Thanks!


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I received a letter from honda saying that my car needs an important software update. It says that under certain driving conditions this software issue may cause the transmission belt to slip. Has anyone had this done? What issue does this update resolve and how long does it take? Thanks!


I haven't received any notice like this. Sounds quite scary! What year, model, trim vehicle do you have? Did you receive this notice via email or regular mail? I'll have to be on the lookout for a notice like this!


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Regular mail, I have a 2015 sport cvt. I don't know if this notice would be send through email. Is this a huge issue like a recall or something?

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This may be what the letter is about.
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Is there a Technical Service bulletin (TSB) number listed in the letter, like 16-053?

TSB 16-053 was issued last Aug for '15 and '16 Accords to update the CVT software because the belt might slip and cause the engine to rev when driving at highway speed. What you've described sounds a lot like that.

Just trying to figure out if there's another update or this is just a notice for TSB16-053, since you apparently haven't gotten that done yet. It takes less than 30 min (not counting wait time at the dealer).

If they find an error code in the computer, meaning the problem occurred more than once on your car, they will have to completely replace the CVT under the warranty. My dealer has done hundreds of 16-053 updates and never saw one that needed a new CVT.

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Is there a Technical Service bulletin (TSB) number listed in the letter, like 16-053?

TSB 16-053 was issued last Aug for '15 and '16 Accords to update the CVT software because the belt might slip and cause the engine to rev when driving at highway speed. What you've described sounds a lot like that.

Just trying to figure out if there's another update or this is just a notice for TSB16-053, since you apparently haven't gotten that done yet. It takes less than 30 min (not counting wait time at the dealer).

If they find an error code in the computer, meaning the problem occurred more than once on your car, they will have to completely replace the CVT under the warranty. My dealer has done hundreds of 16-053 updates and never saw one that needed a new CVT.

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Yea, don't worry, I'm sure your CVT is running fine or else you would have reported it here. You should get it done though as it'll keep your car in compliance, and prevent the issue from occurring. As stated before the fix is quick and simple, the time waiting is mostly for your car to be serviced.
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I received this letter for my 2016 EXL. Didn't have any issues with it prior to the letter, took it to dealer they kept it for about 2 hours updated software still no issues.. The part that said they would look at error codes and depending on error code might replace CVT did get my attention.. Like earlier response said I bet there are not many that require replacement.. Take it in and get it taken care of no big deal
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Had it done to my wife's 2015 CR-V with no issues. They found no codes and they updated the software. It took about two hours. The CR-V has the same engine and transmission as the Accord.

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I received a letter from honda saying that my car needs an important software update. It says that under certain driving conditions this software issue may cause the transmission belt to slip. Has anyone had this done? What issue does this update resolve and how long does it take? Thanks!
Maybe its a phishing scam. Did they ask for your email address, password, VIN number?

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Maybe its a phishing scam. Did they ask for your email address, password, VIN number?
You can always call your dealer's service dept on the phone and give them your VIN. They'll tell you if you need the CVT update.

I've never received any notice directly from Honda about the CVT update. My '16 Coupe was in for a minor warranty issue in mid-Sept and the service advisor told me I needed the update. He hadn't even gotten the new software from Honda yet but he called me at beginning of Oct when it was available and we arranged an appointment.

If you don't get the update, and the CVT should fail, Honda might try to resist replacing the transmission under the warranty because the failure was preventable. So consider this as preventative maintenance and avoid any hassles...
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I had to get this update for my 15' Accord. Held my car about about an hour and let me go. I noticed there was something funny going on shifting in city drive anywhere from 0-30mph, like a intermittent jerk now and then, but I just figured it was the CVT. After the update the car felt much smoother/responsive when stopping/going at low speeds.
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We got the letter on our '15 Accord EX-L. Will have to schedule to get it in.
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I had the power steering software update done for my '13 EX. I don't know if it updated anything else, but there is a noticeable improvement in the overall performance. Much smoother transmission is the most notable. I used to get a slight judder at times but it seems to have disappeared. Anyone else notice this in their car after the power steering update?

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