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Old 19 Apr 2011, 05:01 pm
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Default 1998 Honda civic HELP!!!!!?

Hi, i own a 1998 ( S Reg ) Honda civic Automatic 1.6i ES V-TEC. What i want to know is when i drive it, its like it has 1 constant gear where as most automatics you can feel it changing gear if you get what i mean. On the gearbox its got P, R, N, D, S, L. Where as some automatics have 1,2,3 on there, If anyone can help please do...

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Old 19 Apr 2011, 05:16 pm
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I had this Problem on a Prelude i use to was automatic and always stayed in one gear. There could be a few things to consider..

P = Park

R = Reverse

N = Neutral

D = Drive(3rd Gear)

S = Second Gear

L = Low Gear

If your driving around normally you should use D putting the car in D means it will select all three gears automatically putting it in S means the car will only select 1st and 2nd gear and putting it in L means the car will only run on 1st gear. The Reason for L and S is for when you are going up steep hills and you want to keep the car in high gears.

Now the problem i had with my prelude is that my car was in D and it wouldnt shift at all just stay in one gear which i think was 3rd and it was really sluggish up until the car builds speed..If thats your case then i think your transmission is stuffed,
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Old 19 Apr 2011, 05:31 pm
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Hi Automatic cars come in a variety of gearing's some use the 3 speed system like the old borg warner units.

and you can select the lower gears for towing a caravan.

then we have the general run of the mill with a four speed gearbox coupled to a torque converter and yes you do feel it change gear the worst is usually a ford.

then we have the more sophisticated with five and six speed gear boxes which it is usually hard to tell when they change gear.

and then we have the most less likely method after the dutch DAF transmission the variomatic which uses a belt and two cones which expand and contract which gives infinite gear ratio's.

the gear stick in most cases is P,R,N, D, 3,2,1. the exceptions have lock ups in low gears when towing a trailer. and some have the sport button which extends the gears in the revolution ranges therefore giving better acceleration.

so it is a choice really as to which you have now it may be that even honda have used the varimatic as a trial as it seems to stay in one gear.
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