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Honda Accord DTC P1705

Q. Hi, I just had my 1998 Honda Accord diagnosed as needing an A/T Range Switch. My check engine light came in. The diagnostic code was P1705 "Gear Position Short". The recommendation from the dealer is to replace the part and re-diagnose. I am wondering how long I can go without replacing this part.

Honda Accord DTC P1705

The engine light is now off. I called around and another dealer told me that if the light comes on again then I should change the part.

What are the symptoms of not immediately replacing this part i.e. problems starting? More serious transmission problems? My car only has a little over 115,000 kilometers. I find it odd to have to replace a transmission part, especially for a Honda. Is this a common problem? Here's the specs:

  • 1998 Honda Accord
  • 3.0 litre V-6
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 115,000 kilometers
  • Fuel Injection
  • ABS Brakes
  • P/S, A/C, Cruise control

I would appreciate any information about this.


A. DTC P1705: Short in Transmission Range Switch (TRS) Circuit. The TRS lights the A/T gear position indicator in the instrument panel shows which gear has been selected.

The PCM also uses this information in order to manage the fuel system for maximum efficiency. The most obvious symptom you will see is the A/T gear position indicator lights will not come on or come on in the wrong position.

It is an electronic part and they do fail. I don't think it's a more common failure than most. It's not that expensive to replace. About $135.00 for the part and an hours labor to install it.

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