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The manuel advises you to put car in car wash mode if the car will be unattended. Can you just stay in regular neutral if you are not going to leave the car. I don’t want to damage the car.
How do you get out of neutral at the end of car wash? I was told you put foot on brake and then switch to drive. Sometimes they space cars very close together. Seems like a dumb system with the push button transmission. Please advise.
 

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If you do place the vehicle in car wash mode, it should automatically revert to park after 15 minutes. There is no real difference between putting it in this mode or neutral aside from this failsafe. Neither way should result in damage to your car. Getting back into gear is no different than normal
 

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Thanks for the reply. Getting back in gear is not as simple as you would think. I tried to go straight from neutral to drive. Pushed drive many times. Didn’t work. Somehow I ended up finally getting into drive. Seemed like forever since cars were behind me. Contacted my dealer salesman and he said you must put car into drive as you step on brake at the same time. Doesn’t seem like a great idea to me. You should just be able to shift to drive without applying brake. Haven’t tried this yet.
 

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MOST cars require you to step on the brake before shifting into gear. It's no big deal. Practice a couple of time before your next carwash, so you won't be so freaked out.

Thanks for the reply. Getting back in gear is not as simple as you would think. I tried to go straight from neutral to drive. Pushed drive many times. Didn’t work. Somehow I ended up finally getting into drive. Seemed like forever since cars were behind me. Contacted my dealer salesman and he said you must put car into drive as you step on brake at the same time. Doesn’t seem like a great idea to me. You should just be able to shift to drive without applying brake. Haven’t tried this yet.
 

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No automatic should allow you to shift between gears aside from neutral and OD without the brake being applied. Its a built in safeguard regardless of whether its a regular gear shift or push button selector. You'll become more familiar with the push button over time, as I would imagine its your first vehicle with one.
 

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My CRV went straight into drive from neutral. I think it has something to do with the electronic transmission. I did practice and took it into car wash when it was not busy. Applied brake and shifted to drive.....no problem. It just took me by surprise the first time. This is my first push button shift so there is a small learning curve.
 

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No automatic should allow you to shift between gears aside from neutral and OD without the brake being applied. Its a built in safeguard regardless of whether its a regular gear shift or push button selector. You'll become more familiar with the push button over time, as I would imagine its your first vehicle with one.
I have not had a Honda since 2006.. 10 plus different makes since then all shift from neutral to drive without brake. I do it weekly at the wash. Brake is only needed to move out of park or into reverse
 

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I believe car wash mode is needed when you are going to exit the vehicle and don’t want it to shift to park when opening the door. I haven’t went in a car wash with my Passport yet but do know whenever you open the drivers door and the car isn’t moving it shifts to park.
 

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Great to see Honda worked in systems like that which can go a long way. However before all these systems I haven't really seen a demand for them nor a rise of issues they prevent.
 

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I do not own a passport yet and just found an online manual. So yep, know how to read, just had none to read before
Whiskey was talking. My apologies.
 

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Did your Passport come with the Owner's Manual? It is over 500 pages and my dealer had to order one as it was not in the car.

BTW, there is also a Navigation manual which also is not provided at delivery.
 

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When I ran my Passport through a automatic cars was the attendant had buckled up the drivers seat belt. I got in and sat on top of it thinking “ what was the purpose for doing this”?
Just wondering, anyone have a clue?
 

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When I ran my Passport through a automatic cars was the attendant had buckled up the drivers seat belt. I got in and sat on top of it thinking “ what was the purpose for doing this”?
Just wondering, anyone have a clue?
Hmmm :unsure:. I haven't seen this before or read about it in the manual. It might just be a local practice. I'll wait to hear what others have to say ...
 

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OK, I just read that it is done so that once the wheels start to move, the car doesn't automatically apply the brakes thinking there is no driver. Of course I never saw this because my car is too old.

Perhaps this is the reason for the car wash mode mentioned above?
 

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Interesting / had no clue that they do this but good to have on the radar so if I see it now I don’t drop my mouth in shock - 😂 granted I rarely wash my cars and if I did I would likely not use a place that requires me to step out
 

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I did some testing today as I was worried about sending our new Passport into a car wash with no one in it and found out the following.

* If you press nuteral once and open the drivers door without the drivers seatbelt fastened it will go into park

* if you press nuteral followed by pressing and holding for 2 seconds or till you hear a beep with message you can open the drivers door without the seatbelt fastened and it does not go into park

So you have to options for auto car wash that sends the vehical unattended. Either press nuteral followed by another press and hold or fasten the drivers seatbelt behind you and exit without removing it after one press of the nuteral button.

Hope this helps even after figuring this out it still worries me someone will screw this up.
 
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