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#252 of 481 Re: hesitation and jerk [robert126]
Apr 19, 2006 (7:21 am)
I have a 2006 Ridgeline and I love just about everything about the truck. I did have problems with the plastic trim around the top of the bed and on the bottom the front seats, Honda is replacing all the plastic trim.
The big problem I have with the vehicle is the hesitaion and jerking forward when I am slowing down and try to accelerate. It kind of sucks having to manipulate the pedal to try and avoid this problem. Honda has road tested the transmission twice and says the truck is shifting "OK". I have read about other people having this same problem but I am not sure if this can be fixed.
Does your Ridgeline hesitate and jerk forward when you slow down and accelerate??
#253 of 481 Re: Steering Wheel Shimmy [dbsc]
Apr 19, 2006 (9:04 am)
Aloha, I have the hesitation in my 2006 rtl. Did you ever resolve this issue with honda or did they tell you you have to live with it? Does your truck still hesitate? My truck hesitates and jerks forward when I slow to turn or pass and then accelerate. Any comments are appretiated! Aloha
#254 of 481 Re: Steering Wheel Shimmy [chaddo_kailua]
Apr 19, 2006 (9:55 am)
I have an '06 RTL. There is an annoying speed bump in my parking lot at work. When I first got the Ridge I noticed that if I hit that annoying speed bump at just the right speed the vehicle stability assist would kick in (triangle w/ an "!" in it on the info display). As long as this is displayed it seems to retard the throttle a slight bit. I have noticed that when I am trying to brake while traveling down hill at highway speeds I do get a slight jerk forward. This is probably the electronic braking system working over-time. Both of these issues don't bother my wife or myself enough to warrant any concern, but yours may be worse. Maybe try disabling the VSA for the hesitation issue and see if it continues? Both issues could possibly be a software calibration issue within the computers that Honda may be aware of and could fix. Hopefully this provides some insight.
#255 of 481 Re: hesitation and jerk [chaddo_kailua]
Apr 21, 2006 (12:33 am)
-I'm not totally sure, but I think our Ridgelines are 'drive by wire' throttle. In other the throttle does not have a complete mechanical linkage, it has come kind of electric reostat that sends voltage to a motor on the actual throttle. (Someone tell me - is this right? Or does it have a mechanical throttle?) I've always thought my slightly 'jerky' Ridgleline is because the drive by wire isn't totally perfected.....
-Hondas have 'gear retarding' automatic transmissions. The computer 'looks' at various inputs and keeps the tranny from upshifting, which helps with braking when going down hills. I've always thought this also isn't perfected, and both my 2002 Accord V6 and my Ridgeline seem to 'drag' more than I would like when slowing down. The computer thinks I'm going down a hill when I'm just slowing down. I've felt this give worse gas milage than if it wasn't there, and I've never thought the whole thing was really needed. If Honda would just beef up the brakes a little this whole gear retarding tranny would never be needed.
#257 of 481 rattling noise
Apr 22, 2006 (9:01 pm)
I drove my 06 RTS Ridgeline to LA this weekend and as soon as I reached speeds between 70 - 80 MPH rattling noise started to come from the rear of the truck located somewhere above the rear window. It sounds like loose paneling. Has anyone had this experience? I have 980 miles on the truck.
Thanks in advance!!!
#259 of 481 Re: RIDGELINE BODY FLEX ISSUES [geo9]
Apr 23, 2006 (5:02 pm)
Anybody heard about this???????????????
Yep, read the whole thread geo. He bought it damaged off of e-bay. it was obviously in a previous accident. He admits there is over spray on the frame indicating a rpair job. unfortunatly someone took advantage of him. They foisted a wrecked truck on him.
#260 of 481 Re: RIDGELINE BODY FLEX ISSUES [gearhead1]
Apr 24, 2006 (10:13 am)
Tolbert posts it has a CLEAN carfax............
Still waiting for him to post underbody pics.
Did you note that ScottIn, hipsi, whaleya, and mikerl'n
also have the body flex issues?
#261 of 481 Re: Much Ado about nothing 
Apr 24, 2006 (12:37 pm)
All doors on my RL close better than on my Mercedes.
I also had the roofracks and running boards (side steps) installed. Rack adds a slight extra noise at high speed but nothing worth complaining about and certainly no need to crank up stereo volume. I have heard that most rack noise is due to cross bars being installed backwards - you may want to check yours. I'd also make sure that the eyes at the front of each crossbar mount are turned so that the hole points down to the roof - less turbulence that way.
which should further reduce any noise.
Dealer accessory pricing is a crap-shoot - I got widely-varying prices on every accessory.
IF they repair the dent properly there should be no consequential damage. Check carefully. I had a few minor scratches after my accessories were installed - made sure that everything was corrected.
Only problem I now have with the vehicle is that my wife and kids love it so much they want to drive it all the time.