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Repeated Broken Flex Plate in Transmission

I bought a 1997 Honda Passport 4wd, used from Kiefer Mazda in Eugene OR. 1 week later the flex plate in the transmission broke. I paid Mazda to replace the flex plate and here we are 5000 miles later with another broken flex plate. The vehicle is driven by a lady with a very light foot so Im sure its not operator error. Can u help me diagnose the problem so I dont have to pay another $1500 to replace the flex plate again.

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    caesarea clinton Oct 13, 2008

    i have a 98 honda passport, this is the third time the flywheel has been replaced. it keeps breaking, don't know why. mechanic doesn't know either. please teel me the possible solution.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    drags when starting have replace starter and flex plate but still drags

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1997 Honda Passport 4wd
Make sure you have the correct factory Honda starter in your car , if its an aftermarket starter they may have replaced with cheapo starter,sometime the teeth that engauge starter to your flexplate will not mesh properly,because there different,causing the flex plate to fail. I had the same problem. I went thru 2 before I found this out..Hope this helps.
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Posted on Dec 16, 2008

  • Kim Buckner-Cantrell
    Kim Buckner-Cantrell Jan 19, 2015

    ok another question on this topic is what if I got a izuzu rodeos transmission from salvage do I still need factory honda starter?

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