A little background information: 2007 Honda Civic EX, 62000 miles, never been in an accident other than a couple bumper breakers, I’m the second owner and bought the car Certified Pre-Owned in 2008. I take pretty decent care of the car – regular tune ups and oil changes.
The check engine light comes on sporadically. It’ll be on for a full day, and then it’ll disappear, and won’t reappear for a week, sometimes more.
Last summer, I got into one of those bumper breakers I mentioned before. I rolled into a car in front of me at about 7 mph when I took my eyes off the road for a moment because a woman swung open her car door next to me as I passed, and it grabbed my attention. Cracked my bumper, knocked off the Honda “H” logo, and otherwise caused cosmetic damage, but no mechanical damage from what I could tell. I didn’t have anybody look at it, but since then I have had 2 oil changes, 2 tune ups and an inspection, and nobody noticed any problems. It turns out that my radiator had the slightest ding in it and was causing me to very slowly leak coolant. There were never any signs – no corrosion, no pools under the car, nothing like that. It wasn’t until this week when my car began overheating and my check engine light came on that I realized there was a problem. I had the radiator replaced and the transmission fluid changed because it was pretty well burnt up.
At the mechanic, they hooked up my car to their computer and the on-board computer gave them this error message: “P0848 3rd Clutch Transmission Fluid Pressure SW (Open or Stuck)”. The mechanic tells me that I need a whole new transmission.
I am completely in disbelief. At only 62000 miles? Only a year or so removed from when my CPO Powertrain Warranty expired? It’s a big pill to swallow. Especially since I’m a relatively poor 30 year old who is getting married in November and don’t have a penny to spare.
So, here are my questions for you:
(1) What does this error message mean?
(2) Does it really mean that I need a whole new transmission? If not, what is the recommended procedure to fix the problem?
(3) Whatever the case, what would be a reasonable price to pay for the parts and labor? (I live in Brooklyn, NY.)