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Old 20 Dec 2009, 03:01 pm
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Default We own a 92 Honda Accord- is it damaging to the transmission if you shift it manually?

My wife used to own a 96 Eclipse. She had a similar problem to what we are experiencing with the Honda. Her Eclipse would sometimes shut off while driving- my wife would shift it into neutral and turn the ignition key, and it would start back up again.

Is that safe to do? Doesn't shifting the transmission like that damage it in some way, or is it completely safe?
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Old 20 Dec 2009, 03:46 pm
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just don't ram it into gear from neutral with the gas pedal pressed to the floor and you'll be okay.
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Old 20 Dec 2009, 04:46 pm
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the tranny is meant to be shifted like a manual, my buddy had a early 90's olds, he would shift from [1] to [2] [3] < if available to finally [d]. wasnt long he needed a new trans, another thing your wife needs to avoid i noticed this alot of women does, is when backing out they shift to drive before the car is completely stopped.
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Old 20 Dec 2009, 05:01 pm
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It's okay to do that and it may be the least abusive way to restart the engine. The owner's manual says if the car has to be moved with the front wheels on the ground it should be started if possible, shifted into neutral and then the engine may be shut down. Her practice is about as close to doing that as you can get when driving.
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Old 20 Dec 2009, 05:16 pm
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It probably won't hurt it. In the automatic preludes you can shift them manually they are designed to do that and they are economy cars. Built as cheaply as possible they are not heavy duty like a civic or accord.
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Old 20 Dec 2009, 06:16 pm
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92 Honda accords that have automatic transmissions are not manual shift mode automatics!! you will break the transmission no honda even the 09s do not have manual shift mode transmissions just put it in d and just drive the Honda transmission is not that great to start with plus a 92 is really really old so dont kill the car if you want a manual shift mode get Acura they have manual shift mode transmissions but not a 92 lol
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Old 20 Dec 2009, 06:31 pm
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You shouldn't shift it manually unless your doing some hard driving. Keep it in 3 when going around the city, there's no point in putting it into overdrive (D4) unless you'll be at speeds above 60 for excessive time. If it keeps shifting to overdrive at road speeds it'll put too much work on the engine and since it won't have any torque it can't get out of it's own weight causing damage to the throwout bearings.

You need to get it looked at as well, a car just shutting off while driving is caused by another problem and something like that is usually a serious problem. If it stops either start the car up again as fast as you can or pull over, the oil isn't being pumped through like it should be and will starve the bearings of oil causing excessive wear.

IMO: Stop worrying about how you shift it and start worrying why the cut shut off on its own.
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