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Old 26 Mar 2012, 07:31 pm
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Default Is it worth replacing the transmission?

I have a 1995 Honda Accord EX. I paid $2000 for the car in April 2011. Just a few months ago it started leaking oil at the main crank seal, and now the reverse has went out. I am getting around fine w/o the reverse, but of course want to fix it. To replace the main crank seal, the transmission has to come out anyway, so I mine as well fix it. Question is to rebuild it, or swap it out and is it worth it to do this at all? The car is in great shape, no damage and has 164,000 miles on it.
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Old 26 Mar 2012, 08:01 pm
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What's the quote you've been given on the cost, or are you planning on doing it yourself?
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Old 26 Mar 2012, 08:46 pm
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Tough question...

Price? Is it clean?

Still... lots of miles.
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Old 26 Mar 2012, 09:01 pm
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If the car according to your believes is in great shape you may want to get a reliable mechanic or shop to go over it and check it it fully before you invest into any transmission work.So far as getting the transmission rebuilt I'd suggest not to do that and don't pay the big bucks or a rebuilt or new transmission.I'd also recommend that you stay away from auto wreckers used transmissions instead find a Honda parts outlet that can order you and used transmission with no more then 100,000 kms on it from Japan.The reason I suggest this route is bec in Japan the smog smog level rules are a lot more strict then the USA or Canadian Gov's so ppl over there have to scrap their cars within a first yr or 100,000kms.

Hope that helps and best of luck.By the way the Japan replacement transmissions are usually 400-600 bucks plus many places will not only order the part but install it for a fair price.Again note shop around bec you may find a place that for 600-800 bucks will be installed too.
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Old 26 Mar 2012, 09:32 pm
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Shape isnt so great w/ blown reverse and a leaking crank seal, try thicker/higher viscosity oil; plus the high miles.

Depends how bad the seal is leaking. If not that bad, maybe you can live w/ it; same w/ no reverse.

Prob is, there's a significant risk of probs w/ material and labor in the repair jobs.

In the future, try to buy at least '96 bc that's when vehicles got the current OBD-II computer diagnostic system. W/o that, probs are harder to diagnose.

Honda's a good choice, tho, well-deserved rep for reliability.
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Old 26 Mar 2012, 09:46 pm
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Only if in great shape
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