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Honda Accord Transmission Questions
My old car was a 1992 Lexus LS400 and an excellent car. The transmission was very smooth, and you could barely feel the transmission shift (it was a four speed).
I recently purchased a new 2007 Honda Accord LX V6. The transmission shift is a bit harsher than I’m used to, but still reasonable compared to cars in this price range in normal traffic. In typical traffic, the transmission is perfectly fine.
However, in Los Angeles rush hour freeway traffic, the transmission is a bit jerky at times and the shifts are much more noticeable. In typical LA rush hour traffic, you could be moving along at 5 mph, speed up a little bit to 12-15 mph, and then come to an abrupt stop. Repeat this for the next 30 miles.
When moving at 5 mph, I assume the transmission is in first gear. I add a little gas with a light foot to move up to 12 mph. During this, the transmission shifts into second gear, and the transmission “jerk” is very heavy and noticeable. I’m now moving at 12 mph or so and then come to a complete stop because of traffic. The transmission also very noticeable shifts from 2 to 1 (like the slow shift from 1 to 2, the car jerks).
I assume this is normal behavior because this type of jerking at slow speeds also happens on my 2004 Toyota Sequoia, which is a V8 with 4 speed transmission.
I assume this type of constant transmission jerking for 3 hours a day (the amount of time I spend in rush hour traffic a day) must be very bad for the transmission. I try using D3, but obviously that makes no difference as that only keeps the transmission to the first three gears (and the issue is at slow speeds with gears 1 and 2).
My friend suggested that during rush hour, I shift to 1 and drive the car in that gear. That way, the transmission stays in 1 and avoids the constant upshifting/downshifting. Is this a good idea? Won’t this lead to a lot of high-revving by the engine? Will this damage or cause extra wear on the engine or transmission?