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2010 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Automatic Transmission

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Automatic Transmission  
Shift Lever Position Indicators  
The ‘‘D’’ indicator comes on for a  
few seconds when you turn the  
ignition switch to the ON (II)  
position. If it flashes while driving (in  
any shift position), it indicates a  
possible problem in the transmission.  
Shifting  
If the malfunction indicator lamp  
comes on along with the ‘‘D’’  
indicator, there is a problem with the  
automatic transmission control  
system. Avoid rapid acceleration, and  
have the transmission checked by  
your dealer as soon as possible.  
RELEASE  
BUTTON  
U.S. model is shown.  
SHIFT LEVER  
These indicators on the instrument  
panel show which position the shift  
lever is in.  
To shift from any position, press  
firmly on the brake pedal and the  
release button on the side of the  
shift lever. You cannot shift out of  
Park when the ignition switch is in  
the LOCK (0) or ACCESSORY (I)  
position.  
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To shift from:  
P to R  
Do this:  
Press the brake pedal and  
press the shift lever release  
button.  
Park (P) This position mechani-  
Reverse (R) Press the brake  
cally locks the transmission. Use  
pedal and the release button on the  
Park whenever you are turning off or side of the shift lever to shift from  
starting the engine. To shift out of  
Park, you must press on the brake  
pedal and have your foot off the  
accelerator pedal. Press the release  
button on the side of the shift lever  
to move it.  
Park to reverse. To shift from  
reverse to neutral, come to a  
complete stop and then shift. Press  
the release button before shifting  
into reverse from neutral.  
R to P  
N to R  
D to 2  
2 to 1  
Press the shift lever release  
button.  
1 to 2  
2 to D  
D to N  
N to D  
R to N  
Move the shift lever.  
Press the D3 button.  
If you have done all of the above and  
still cannot move the lever out of  
Park, see Shift Lock Release on  
page 319 .  
D
3
to D  
D to D3  
To avoid transmission damage, come  
to a complete stop before shifting  
into Park. You must also press the  
release button to shift into Park. The  
shift lever must be in Park before  
you can remove the key from the  
ignition switch.  
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Automatic Transmission  
Neutral (N) Use neutral if you  
need to restart a stalled engine, or if  
it is necessary to stop briefly with  
the engine idling. Shift to the Park  
position if you need to leave your  
vehicle for any reason. Press on the  
brake pedal when you are moving  
the shift lever from neutral to  
another gear.  
D3 Mode  
Drive (D) Use this position for  
your normal driving. The  
transmission automatically selects a  
suitable gear (1 through 5) for your  
speed and acceleration. You may  
notice the transmission shifting up at  
higher engine speeds when the  
engine is cold. This helps the engine  
warm up faster.  
D3 SWITCH  
D3 MODE INDICATOR  
Press the D3 switch on the side of  
the shift lever to turn this mode on  
or off; the D3 mode indicator comes  
on whenever the D3 mode is  
selected.  
When the D3 mode is on, the  
transmission selects only the first  
three gears. Use D3 mode when  
towing a trailer, or to provide engine  
braking when going down a steep hill.  
D3 mode can also keep the  
transmission from cycling between  
third and fourth gears in stop-and-go  
driving.  
D3 mode can be turned on or off  
only when the ignition switch is in  
the ON (II) position and the shift  
lever is in the D position.  
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Automatic Transmission  
Shifting out from the D position will  
cancel the D3 mode, and the D3  
indicator will go out. Selecting the D  
position again will resume the D3  
mode and the indicator comes on.  
Use second gear:  
If you shift into first gear when the  
vehicle speed is above 31 mph (50  
km/h), the transmission shifts into  
second gear first to avoid sudden  
engine braking.  
For more power when climbing.  
To increase engine braking when  
going down steep hills.  
Turning the ignition switch to the  
LOCK (0) position turns this mode  
off. When you restart the engine,  
select the D position and press the  
D3 mode switch again to use this  
mode.  
For starting out on a slippery  
surface or in deep snow.  
Engine Speed Limiter  
If you exceed the maximum speed  
for the gear you are in, the engine  
speed will enter into the tachometer’s  
red zone. If this occurs, you may feel  
the engine cut in and out. This is  
caused by a limiter in the engine’s  
computer controls. The engine will  
run normally when you reduce the  
rpm below the red zone.  
To help reduce wheel spin.  
When driving downhill with a  
trailer.  
The D3 mode indicator also comes  
on for a few seconds when you turn  
the ignition switch to the ON (II)  
position.  
First (1) To shift from second to  
first, press the release button on the  
side of the shift lever. This position  
locks the transmission in first gear.  
By upshifting and downshifting  
Second (2) To shift to second,  
press the release button on the side  
of the shift lever. This position locks  
the transmission in second gear. It  
does not downshift to first gear  
when you come to a stop.  
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through 1, 2, D , and D, you can  
operate the transmission much like a  
manual transmission without a  
clutch pedal.  
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Shift Lock Release  
RELEASE BUTTON  
COVER  
This allows you to move the shift  
lever out of Park if the normal  
method of pushing on the brake  
pedal and pressing the release  
button does not work.  
1. Set the parking brake.  
2. Remove the key from the ignition  
switch.  
SHIFT LOCK RELEASE SLOT  
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the shift  
lock release slot cover. Using a  
small flat-tipped screwdriver or  
metal fingernail file, carefully pry  
4. Insert the key in the shift lock  
release slot.  
6. Remove the key from the shift  
lock release slot, then reinstall the  
cover. Make sure the notch on the  
cover is on the right side. Insert  
the key back into the ignition  
switch, press the brake pedal, and  
restart the engine.  
on the edge of the cover to remove 5. Push down on the key while you  
it.  
press the release button on the  
shift lever and move the shift lever  
out of Park to neutral.  
If you need to use the shift lock  
release, it means your vehicle is  
developing a problem. Have the  
vehicle checked by your dealer.  
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