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Many thanks to Brett Bogan from for his assistance in compiling this information.

Honda/Acura internal components look very similar. Always look closely to avoid this mis-
assembly or any of the many other complaints that incompatible parts can create.
Even though parts look the same, there can be slight dimensional differences, because
clearances in most Honda/Acura units is .003” to .006” there is little room for error, always
check end play before final assembly of the transmission.
ACURA LEGEND
WITH G4, L5 & PL5X TRANSAXLES
GRINDING OR BIND IN REVERSE
COMPLAINT:
CORRECTION:
INTERCHANGEABILITY:
CAUSE:
When a garage shift is made to Reverse, the transmission exhibits a "grinding" noise and/or a
bind-up condition. This complaint occurs when one or more of the reverse selector components
on the counter shaft have been changed during rebuild.
Incompatible reverse selector components on the counter shaft have been installed. These
components for the G4, L5, and PL5X look the same at first glance, but "Will Not" interchange.
Figure 1 illustrates the differences in the "G4" and 1987 "L5" reverse counter shaft
components. Take notice of the diameter of the components as well as tooth and spline
configuration. The reverse servo uses a spring to return the piston to the 4th gear position.
Note: The original equipment G4 components were used in the 1987 Legend Coupe only,
with the "L5" transaxle.
Compare the illustrations in Figure 1 with Figures 2 and 3.
Figure 2 illustrates the differences in the 1988 "L5" and Some1989 "L5" reverse counter shaft
components. Take notice of the diameter of the components as well as tooth and spline
configuration. This reverse servo also utilizes a spring to return the piston to the 4th gear
position
Compare the illustrations in Figure 2, with Figures 1 and 3.
Figure 3 illustrates the differences in some 1989 "L5" and 1990 "PL5X" reverse counter shaft
components. Take notice of the diameter of the components as well as tooth and spline
configuration. The 1989 "L5" and 1990 "PL5X" does not use a servo return spring, as it has a
detent mechanism to keep the reverse servo in the reverse or 4th gear position. The fork is also
different than the previous design level in that it is ribbed to accommodate the detent mechanism.
Compare the illustrations in Figure 3, with Figures 1 and 2.
Technical Service Information
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SERVICE GROUP
Copyright © 2001 ATSG
01-30
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SPECI AL NOTE: These are correction pages for illustrations that mistakenly got published in
the 2001 Seminar Blue Book and in the February, 2001 issue of Transmission Digest.
BACK
BACK
1.496 IN.
38.00MM
NOTCHES
REVERSE GEAR
COUNTER SHAFT
REVERSE
SELECTOR
HUB
1.022 IN.
25.96MM
REVERSE
SELECTOR
SMOOTH
SURFACE
ALL SPLINES ARE
SAME HEIGHT &
ANGLED AT TOP &
BOTTOM
SQUARE CUT SPLINES
TOP & BOTTOM
RAISED
SPLINES
REVERSE SELECTOR FORK
"L5" CASTING NO. = "JO" OR "L5"
"G4" CASTING N0. = "G4"
SERVO
RETURN
SPRING
REVERSE
SERVO
SMOOTH IN
THIS AREA
ANGLE CUT
ALL TEETH
THE SAME
1.299 IN.
32.99MM
4TH GEAR
COUNTER SHAFT
SHORT & LONG SPLINES
ANGLE CUT AT TOP
NOTCHES
ACURA LEGEND
WITH G4, L5 & PL5X TRANSAXLES
GRINDING OR BIND IN REVERSE
Figure 1
ALL "G4" AND 1987 ONLY "L5"
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SERVO
RETURN
SPRING
REVERSE
SERVO
REVERSE SELECTOR FORK
CASTING NO. "JO" OR "L5"
1.533 IN.
38.94MM
REVERSE GEAR
COUNTER SHAFT
NO
NOTCHES
SMOOTH IN
THIS AREA
1.101 IN.
27.97MM
REVERSE
SELECTOR
HUB
FLUSH
SPLINES
ROUND CUT SPLINES
TOP & BOTTOM
NOTCHES
ANGLE CUT
ALL TEETH
THE SAME
ACURA LEGEND
WITH G4, L5 & PL5X TRANSAXLES
GRINDING OR BIND IN REVERSE
Figure 2
ALL 1988 AND "SOME" 1989 "L5"
REVERSE
SELECTOR
GROOVE
SPLINES ARE UNEVEN
& ARE ANGLE CUT
SHORT SPLINES DO NOT
GO TO BOTTOM
NOTCHES
4TH GEAR
COUNTER SHAFT
SHORT & LONG SPLINES
ANGLE CUT AT TOP
1.496 IN.
38.00MM
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BACK
REVERSE GEAR
COUNTER SHAFT
NO
NOTCHES
REVERSE
SELECTOR
HUB
NOTCHES
FLUSH
SPLINES
ROUND CUT SPLINES
TOP & BOTTOM
REVERSE SELECTOR FORK
CASTING NO. "OZ"
REVERSE
SERVO
DETENT
BLOCK
THIS AREA RIBBED
FOR DETENT
ANGLE CUT
ALL TEETH
THE SAME
1.533 IN.
38.94MM
1.101 IN.
27.97MM
ACURA LEGEND
WITH G4, L5 & PL5X TRANSAXLES
GRINDING OR BIND IN REVERSE
"SOME" 1989 "L5" AND ALL 1990 "PL5X"
Figure 3
REVERSE
SELECTOR
SMOOTH
SURFACE
SPLINES ARE UNEVEN
& GO TO BOTTOM OF
SLIDER & ARE POINTED
AT BOTH ENDS
4TH GEAR
COUNTER SHAFT
POINTED SHORT
SPLINES AT NOTCHES
ONLY
1.496 IN.
38.00MM
POINTED LONG
SPLINES
NOTCHES
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01-30
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