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Old 01 Nov 2008, 03:16 am
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Default Transmission Shifting Hard?

My car was stolen a few weeks ago, and from the condition it's in, they obviously took it for a pretty heavy joyride (1990 Honda Accord Automatic Trans.). It has a fairly new transmission and engine (less than 2 years old), and was running great before they took it; now, however, it has trouble shifting in the morning when it's cold, (will stay in 1st gear, and won't shift out), and once it is warmed up, it will shift, but it revs up between each shift, and grabs very heavily (I know Honda's shift hard but this is far from normal). Guy at the body shop said it was most likely a messed up cylinder inside the transmission from them running it in L1 (low gear). Insurance wont touch it because they say it's not a result of theft, so w/e.My questions is, could it be a cylinder of some sort within the transmission? If so, how much would a repair cost? What else could it be?
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Old 01 Nov 2008, 03:31 am
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It could be that, but it could also be a bad torque converter. Take it to Avco Transmissions and let them look at it. They can give you a high estimate and then you can go find someone cheaper to fix it.
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Old 01 Nov 2008, 03:46 am
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have you checked your transmission fluid? it could be something as simple as that.
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Old 01 Nov 2008, 04:01 am
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Again, as someone said... Check the transmission fluid. If it's full, is it red or is it brown? does it have an burnt odor? IF it is anything other than red then change it at least once but up to 3 or 4 times consecutively because less than half drains out with each change. Don't do a backflush. If the fluid is low, is there fluid on the underside of the tranny? Could be a seal leaking where a half axle goes into the tranny.Don't go looking for help at AMMCO or some other transmission place. Go to your Honda dealer if you think you have a serious problem or get a used tranny in good condition.Use only Honda transmission fluid or at least a fluid which specifically states that it meets Honda specs.
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Old 01 Nov 2008, 08:41 pm
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Default Re: Transmission Shifting Hard?

Reading these posts has raised a question that I have about transmission fluid in hondas. This is something that I had heard from someone and wasnt really sure how true it was. I was told that its better to leave the transmission fluid alone in an older honda with over 100,000 miles on it. Now granted, I dont know much about vehicles but if it gets low then obviously Im going to want to fill it back up but, this person said " Dont ever go and get a transmission flush in your honda, your car will never be the same again." I have a 96 accord with 168,000 miles on it. Now, is this statement really true or or just totally false???
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