Sequential Sportshift: features, advantages & disadvantages

Sequential Sportshift: features, advantages & disadvantages

Sequential Sportshift is a manual gear shifting function on automatic transmissions installed on Acura, Ford, and Honda cars. It debuted in the mid 1990s. It allows the driver to adjust the vehicle driving characteristics to best suit the road conditions.

How it works

The Sequential Sportshift function works on automatic transmissions with a hydraulic torque converter and electronic control. Specialised firmware is responsible for different transmission settings when driving in automatic mode. The electronic module also controls the operation of the actuators that lock up the gear selected by the driver in manual mode

In order to switch to manual mode, the driver slides the gear lever into the corresponding position and chooses the gear moving it to “+” or “-” positions. The manual mode position of the lever is marked “M”. Paddle shifters are also available for manual transmission control.

Popular transmissions with the Sequential Sportshift function

Gearbox codeManufacturerNumber of gearsCar layoutProduction startModel applications
MP1A; B6VA; MPJA; A6VA; AOYA; BOYA; MPOA; MPXAHonda4FWD1995Acura TL; Acura CL
MGHA; BGHA; BYBAHonda5FWD, AWD2001Acura CL
PVGA; MJBA; MDKA; BDKA;  MDRA; BVLA; P34A; PVLAHonda5AWD2003Acura MDX
6HP26ZF 6FWD, RWD, AWD2001Ford FPV GT
10R80GM10RWD, AWD2017Ford Everest

Common malfunctions of transmissions with the Sequential Sportshift function

MalfunctionsTransmissions
The mechatronic unit often burns out, especially in hot weather.6HP26
The bushes break down quickly, causing transmission vibrations.6HP26
The transmission can jerk due to clogging of the solenoids.6HP26
The plastic pan is prone to mechanical damage.6HP26
The gaskets and seals lose elasticity after a while.BYBA; BDKA; MDKA; MGFA
The overrunning clutch breaks down under excessive loads.BYBA; MGFA; BGHA; MGHA
The piston breaks down prematurely.BYBA; MGFA; BGHA; MGHA

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