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Whis driving this afternoon my cvt dropped down to first gear and took the rpm all the way up till just before the redline. When this happened the display said check transmission. What could have caused it? I was not even able to use the pedal shifters as it would not shift. In two weeks time ill be going on holiday and dont want it happening while driving on the highway
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** i pulled over amd switched the car off and back on and it was fine


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have u checked the fluid? is there fluid left? what is ur maintenance regime? anything else associated with the incident?
read the code and/or take it to a mechanic
 

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+1 get the code read.
Good news is most of the CVT codes are going to be of electronic origin vs. mechanical. [components/connections>grounds etc.]

I’ve not got a CVT, nor a gen2, but..from looking at the Gen1 codes [same for all Honda, list below] there’s a DTC that _doesn’t_ trip the “D” indicator to flash a code. [one of a few] that could be candidate.
I'm assuming you would've reported any lights.

There are other non-indicating "D" flash CVT codes, but at a guess, a P0501 [4-5] sounds close.
P0501. (4-5) Transmission range switch circuit (open) (see DTC P0706: OPEN IN TRANSMISSION RANGE SWITCH CIRCUIT)
[if you did have the latter P0706 , "D" would have blinked]

- to see all honda codes there's this html published spread sheet [old early long version ] with all honda dtc codes listed a little ways down.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSEJvGp-i_g-Uyskph2H76tyblOXc5jTLPp9v2yo9EvCqb2lM_SCWr6jrWr3RT3Dfgipq5UHDhjYTGF/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true
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Have you a repair manual?
Thanks to a Russian Insighter, it looks like the pdf gen2 manuals are here http://www.insightcentral.net/forums/honda-insight-forum-2nd-gen-discussion/61922-download-2010-2011-insight-service-electrical-troubleshooting-manuals-pdf.html#post691890

Best success to you for the repairs, and have a great trip!
 

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have u checked the fluid? is there fluid left? what is ur maintenance regime? anything else associated with the incident?

read the code and/or take it to a mechanic


Cvt fluid was done about 40 000 km ago. Otherwise it had all its services from Honda will check fluid today


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40,000km=24,854miles

The chief engineer for the CVT recommended that the fluid be changed at a 20,000km interval

How many total km on your Insight?
 

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Honda's official recommendation varies by territory. In Europe it's every 2 years or 25000 miles (whichever comes sooner). Given other recommendations (as egads mentioned) I'd regard that as an upper limit.

Sounds like the OP's fluid is ripe for changing anyway.
 

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This happened to me yesterday - because I accidentally hit the gear lever and it shifted to N!
It could have been a 'false N' in your case, or maybe the CVT clutch driver had a glitch?

I can recommend getting an OBDII reader like a ScanGauge or UltraGauge; if not just for reading codes, it can help for checking the various engine and economy parameters while driving. The instant economy readout is much more useful than the crude bar readout on the MID.
 

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Update: i found out my cvt fluid needs a change. It needs to be done every two years or 40000 kms. It has been two years now. Do you think the gearbox could have got a little bit damaged because i am two months late on the service?


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If you do it yourself make sure you do it properly, there are instructions somewhere here on this site.
Draw a magnet trough the oil, if it clutters with iron particles the CVT may have suffered, otherwise you need not worry.

If you let your dealer do it ask them for the return so you can check it anyway.
CVT problems are scarce with the G2 though, apart from the odd mistreated one.

If the change was overdue you should find it responds better than before.
 

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If you do it yourself make sure you do it properly, there are instructions somewhere here on this site.
Draw a magnet trough the oil, if it clutters with iron particles the CVT may have suffered, otherwise you need not worry.

If you let your dealer do it ask them for the return so you can check it anyway.
CVT problems are scarce with the G2 though, apart from the odd mistreated one.

If the change was overdue you should find it responds better than before.


The fluid was changed today and it responses like a beast now again, strange enough my mpg was way better today

Thanks everyone
 
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