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Old 31 Jan 2004, 03:04 am
Joey
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Default 94 Integra Questions

Hello!

I'm a brand new Acura owner and just had a couple questions. Any answers
will be much appreciated. I bought a 94 Integra RS Automatic.
Though I was assured by both the Acura dealer and BCAA that this is normal,
the transmission is very punchy. In other words, just putting it from Park
into Drive causes the tranny to feel like it "slams" into gear. I've read a
couple other posts on the newsgroup that were similar, but I thought maybe
someone has owned this exact year and could tell me if this is just the
engine design.
Secondly, the temperature gauge is pretty much completely inoperable. It
never reads past about 1/8th and mostly just doesn't read anything at all.
Anyone else heard of this problem?
The only other thing is the radio antenna makes a clunking noise when it
both completely extends and completely retracts. But I'm thinking it was
just poorly replaced at some point.
Other than those 3 things I am totally happy with the car.

Thanks to all those who reply,
Joe McAuley


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Old 02 Feb 2004, 08:09 pm
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come on over to team-integra.net , all the information you need and more
Joey <joeym@shaw.ca> wrote in message
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> Hello!
>
> I'm a brand new Acura owner and just had a couple questions. Any answers
> will be much appreciated. I bought a 94 Integra RS Automatic.
> Though I was assured by both the Acura dealer and BCAA that this is

normal,
> the transmission is very punchy. In other words, just putting it from

Park
> into Drive causes the tranny to feel like it "slams" into gear. I've read

a
> couple other posts on the newsgroup that were similar, but I thought maybe
> someone has owned this exact year and could tell me if this is just the
> engine design.
> Secondly, the temperature gauge is pretty much completely inoperable. It
> never reads past about 1/8th and mostly just doesn't read anything at all.
> Anyone else heard of this problem?
> The only other thing is the radio antenna makes a clunking noise when it
> both completely extends and completely retracts. But I'm thinking it was
> just poorly replaced at some point.
> Other than those 3 things I am totally happy with the car.
>
> Thanks to all those who reply,
> Joe McAuley
>
>



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Old 02 Feb 2004, 08:13 pm
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"JP" <jpowellspam@echoes.net> wrote in
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> come on over to team-integra.net , all the information you need and
> more Joey <joeym@shaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:%cKSb.338850$JQ1.74555@pd7tw1no...
>> Hello!
>>
>> I'm a brand new Acura owner and just had a couple questions. Any
>> answers will be much appreciated. I bought a 94 Integra RS
>> Automatic. Though I was assured by both the Acura dealer and BCAA
>> that this is

> normal,
>> the transmission is very punchy. In other words, just putting it
>> from

> Park
>> into Drive causes the tranny to feel like it "slams" into gear. I've
>> read

> a
>> couple other posts on the newsgroup that were similar, but I thought
>> maybe someone has owned this exact year and could tell me if this is
>> just the engine design.
>> Secondly, the temperature gauge is pretty much completely inoperable.
>> It never reads past about 1/8th and mostly just doesn't read
>> anything at all. Anyone else heard of this problem?
>> The only other thing is the radio antenna makes a clunking noise when
>> it both completely extends and completely retracts. But I'm thinking
>> it was just poorly replaced at some point.
>> Other than those 3 things I am totally happy with the car.
>>
>> Thanks to all those who reply,
>> Joe McAuley
>>
>>

>
>
>


For the temp problem,try changing the thermostat:I had a problem with my 94
GSR,where the temp would climb into the lower 1/3 of normal range,then drop
below cold when in motion.Replacing the thermostat has it now solidly at
1/3 of normal after the car warms up(like it used to be),and even in
stopped traffic on the Interstate(I-4)

Acura charged me $22 for the thermostat,the gougers.
The local Pep Boys didn't have a 195 degF one for my car,only 180 degF.
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Old 07 Feb 2004, 04:33 pm
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On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:04:59 GMT, "Joey" <joeym@shaw.ca> wrote:

>snip < In other words, just putting it from Park
>into Drive causes the tranny to feel like it "slams" into gear.
>snip< Secondly, the temperature gauge is pretty much completely inoperable. It
>never reads past about 1/8th and mostly just doesn't read anything at all.


What rpm does it idle at? If the temp gage is tellig the truth and is
not warm, the fuel injection may open the throttle to a faster idle,
and the idle rpm may be high, and the auto trans shift will indeed be
slamming.
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Old 07 Feb 2004, 07:13 pm
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djtcz@comcast.net wrote in
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> On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:04:59 GMT, "Joey" <joeym@shaw.ca> wrote:
>
>>snip < In other words, just putting it from Park
>>into Drive causes the tranny to feel like it "slams" into gear.
>>snip< Secondly, the temperature gauge is pretty much completely
>>inoperable. It never reads past about 1/8th and mostly just doesn't
>>read anything at all.

>
> What rpm does it idle at? If the temp gage is tellig the truth and is
> not warm, the fuel injection may open the throttle to a faster idle,
> and the idle rpm may be high, and the auto trans shift will indeed be
> slamming.
>


I wonder if it has the right thermostat in it? GSR should be 195 degF,and
IIRC,the regular Integras are 180 deg F.(My Haynes manual is out in the
car,or I'd look and verify that.)

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Old 17 Feb 2004, 05:14 pm
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Hello!
Well, when I start it cold in the morning it idles around 2000+. Once it is
warm it idles much lower. But I think I've come to understand the
transmission. Once the car warms up the tranny does not slam into gear. So
I don't think this is a problem. I think I just wasn't used to the engine
yet and the way it performs. As for the temp gauge, it does read what looks
to be a proper temperature but only when it is idling. Once I start
driving, it reads nothing. Weird problem. Once I get some money saved up
I've got a few things to fix on it and that'll be on of them. Thanks for
all your replies!
Joe

"Jim Yanik" <jyanik@abuse.gov> wrote in message
news:Xns9488CE221F0C4jyanikkuanet@204.117.192.21.. .
> djtcz@comcast.net wrote in
> news:copa209jlhd899gtaussnilv7p43q9v2mu@4ax.com:
>
> > On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:04:59 GMT, "Joey" <joeym@shaw.ca> wrote:
> >
> >>snip < In other words, just putting it from Park
> >>into Drive causes the tranny to feel like it "slams" into gear.
> >>snip< Secondly, the temperature gauge is pretty much completely
> >>inoperable. It never reads past about 1/8th and mostly just doesn't
> >>read anything at all.

> >
> > What rpm does it idle at? If the temp gage is tellig the truth and is
> > not warm, the fuel injection may open the throttle to a faster idle,
> > and the idle rpm may be high, and the auto trans shift will indeed be
> > slamming.
> >

>
> I wonder if it has the right thermostat in it? GSR should be 195 degF,and
> IIRC,the regular Integras are 180 deg F.(My Haynes manual is out in the
> car,or I'd look and verify that.)
>
> --
> Jim Yanik
> jyanik-at-kua.net



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Old 17 Feb 2004, 05:24 pm
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"Joey" <joeym@shaw.ca> wrote in news:%exYb.543585$X%5.525733@pd7tw2no:

> Hello!
> Well, when I start it cold in the morning it idles around 2000+. Once
> it is warm it idles much lower. But I think I've come to understand
> the transmission. Once the car warms up the tranny does not slam into
> gear. So I don't think this is a problem. I think I just wasn't used
> to the engine yet and the way it performs. As for the temp gauge, it
> does read what looks to be a proper temperature but only when it is
> idling. Once I start driving, it reads nothing. Weird problem. Once
> I get some money saved up I've got a few things to fix on it and
> that'll be on of them. Thanks for all your replies!
> Joe
>
> "Jim Yanik" <jyanik@abuse.gov> wrote in message
> news:Xns9488CE221F0C4jyanikkuanet@204.117.192.21.. .
>> djtcz@comcast.net wrote in
>> news:copa209jlhd899gtaussnilv7p43q9v2mu@4ax.com:
>>
>> > On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:04:59 GMT, "Joey" <joeym@shaw.ca> wrote:
>> >
>> >>snip < In other words, just putting it from Park
>> >>into Drive causes the tranny to feel like it "slams" into gear.
>> >>snip< Secondly, the temperature gauge is pretty much completely
>> >>inoperable. It never reads past about 1/8th and mostly just
>> >>doesn't read anything at all.
>> >
>> > What rpm does it idle at? If the temp gage is tellig the truth and
>> > is not warm, the fuel injection may open the throttle to a faster
>> > idle, and the idle rpm may be high, and the auto trans shift will
>> > indeed be slamming.
>> >

>>
>> I wonder if it has the right thermostat in it? GSR should be 195
>> degF,and IIRC,the regular Integras are 180 deg F.(My Haynes manual is
>> out in the car,or I'd look and verify that.)
>>
>> --
>> Jim Yanik
>> jyanik-at-kua.net

>
>
>


The bad thermostat in my GSR would allow the temp to climb when
stopped,then drop below 'cold' on the temp gauge when moving. A new
thermostat fixed it. 2000rpm or over that is way too high for cold idle,I
believe.I think it should be around 1000 rpm,dropping to 500-600 when
warmed up.

A New thermostat only cost about $21 USD from the Acura dealer,a cheap fix.

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Old 24 Feb 2004, 08:24 pm
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On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:04:59 GMT, "Joey" <joeym@shaw.ca> wrote:

-not sure on the 94 AT tegs, but the earlier honda ATs were rough
shifting, especially when getting long in the tooth.

-check your upper radiator hose to be sure it's getting warm while the
engine is running. your thermostat may be stuck open. hondas
typically run much cooler than most domestics, regardless. all of the
honda/acuras i've owned have all run significantly colder than
domestic builds.

-my father-in-law has a 94 MT teg that also has a clunky antenna.
don't know whether this is a trait of it aging or whether it's a
problem.

hope you enjoy your teg. if you really enjoy driving, i suggest
trying out a manual transmission teg. worlds of difference.

T-Comm


>Hello!
>
>I'm a brand new Acura owner and just had a couple questions. Any answers
>will be much appreciated. I bought a 94 Integra RS Automatic.
>Though I was assured by both the Acura dealer and BCAA that this is normal,
>the transmission is very punchy. In other words, just putting it from Park
>into Drive causes the tranny to feel like it "slams" into gear. I've read a
>couple other posts on the newsgroup that were similar, but I thought maybe
>someone has owned this exact year and could tell me if this is just the
>engine design.
>Secondly, the temperature gauge is pretty much completely inoperable. It
>never reads past about 1/8th and mostly just doesn't read anything at all.
>Anyone else heard of this problem?
>The only other thing is the radio antenna makes a clunking noise when it
>both completely extends and completely retracts. But I'm thinking it was
>just poorly replaced at some point.
>Other than those 3 things I am totally happy with the car.
>
>Thanks to all those who reply,
>Joe McAuley
>


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