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Old 21 Oct 2013, 10:17 pm
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Default How can I help keep my 97 Accord's trans alive?

I've got a 97 accord with 227XXX miles, and my automatic trans is having severe issues. It does not shift easily. I find that laying off the gas at the last second helps it shift, but it still clunks into gear. My trans slips around once or twice a day. Acceleration is very slow in the first few gears. After 45 mph, it shifts decently well. Should I scrap the car, or replace the trans/shift solenoid? What can help?

I've tried putting Lucas in, and currently my trans fluid is mostly Lucas. It is filled to the proper level.

EDIT: I only need a car until August, as I will be going off to college and cannot bring a car with me. I'd like to avoid buying a new car unless mine becomes undrivable.

Also, I would most likely be able to replace the trans myself, as I am very mechanically inclined and have access to a lift.
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Old 21 Oct 2013, 10:33 pm
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Unless the car is in good cosmetic condition you should scrap it because trans is pretty old now and worth more than the car may be. But by all means try to sell it first and see what people will offer you
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Old 21 Oct 2013, 10:46 pm
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I would recommend contact a Japanese engine distributor. they sell automatic transmissions too. You can get a low mileage automatic transmission from Japan for pretty cheap. I doubt it would cost you more than $600 for a replacement tranny. At that cost, you'll get more than your money's worth out of it by next August. Then you'll have a car with a nice transmission in it that you can sell.
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Old 21 Oct 2013, 11:01 pm
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Why not just drive it as is? I also question your logic. If you are mechanically inclined and since labor is the most expensive part of car repairs for the most part why are you asking here for? Automatic transmissions are highly specialized machines with many components that most people find a mystery to understand, ignore until something goes amiss and are amazed as to how expensive they can be to replace. At a quarter of a million miles, this unit seems worn out. The clunk sound appears to be the torque converter, a hugely vital part of the transmission, the connecting part between the engine and the tranny. So, Mr. Mechanical Aptitude, what shall be your decision?
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