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Old 17 Aug 2005, 08:38 pm
MinnesotaMike
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Default 97 Civic HX shift problems

My son just told me that he has to let off the gas to get his car to
shift gears. It's an automatic, so that seems strange to me. Is there
anything I can check, or any ideas of what it might be, before I take it
to a shop to have it looked at? His car has about 108,000 miles on it.
Thanks in advance.

Mike
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Old 17 Aug 2005, 09:20 pm
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Default Re: 97 Civic HX shift problems



MinnesotaMike wrote:
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> My son just told me that he has to let off the gas to get his car to
> shift gears. It's an automatic, so that seems strange to me. Is there
> anything I can check, or any ideas of what it might be, before I take it
> to a shop to have it looked at? His car has about 108,000 miles on it.
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Mike


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Check the color, level, and smell of the tranny fluid. Wipe it on a
peice of white paper. Refer to the Owner's Manual for the correct method
of measurement. You could just change it yourself . . It's easy. Use
ONLY HONDA fluid. Maybe that's the problem?

'Curly'
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Old 17 Aug 2005, 09:26 pm
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Default Re: 97 Civic HX shift problems

MinnesotaMike wrote:
> My son just told me that he has to let off the gas to get his car to
> shift gears. It's an automatic, so that seems strange to me. Is there
> anything I can check, or any ideas of what it might be, before I take it
> to a shop to have it looked at? His car has about 108,000 miles on it.
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Mike


the hx automatic is cvt - continuously variable transmission. there are
no shift points. if the revs change when you take your foot off the
gas, it's because it's changing ratio, but that's not a "shift" in the
traditional sense. if it works at all, you're probably fine.

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Old 18 Aug 2005, 05:55 pm
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Default Re: 97 Civic HX shift problems

Curly,

The fluid looks and smells just fine. Actually, the fluid is a nice
pink color so maybe it was changed shortly before he bought it. The
level looks good also.

I just drove the car in town and on the Interstate and didn't notice any
problems. His friends probably told him something was wrong and he
panicked. I'll keep an eye on things. Thanks for the oil tip.

Mike
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Old 18 Aug 2005, 05:56 pm
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Default Re: 97 Civic HX shift problems

Jim,

Thanks for the info on the tranny. I just drove the car in town and on
the Interstate and didn't notice any problems. His friends probably
told him something was wrong and he panicked. I'll keep an eye on things.

Mike
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