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Honda Accord Transmission Questions



  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    Must be an isolated problem with the V-6 Accords....

    I've got a '93 with nearly 200K and on the original tranny. It shifts a little hard occasionally, but nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, it shifts smoother than a 2001 Corolla that I used to drive.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Yes, the 4-cyl Hondas have never had problematic transmission to the best of my knowledge. The V6 models had problems in 1998, and 2003-2004.
  • Can anyone tell me some of the possible causes of the Shift Lock? And perhaps how much money it might cost to repair "whatever".

    Have had to use my key in the shift lock release 2 times today. Strange thing is that just last week we had the transmission flushed. Was running great until today. I know very little about Hondas or most cars - so an elementary explanation would be greatly appreciated!

    The owner's manual said that if I've had to use the Release button - it probably means that something is needing a "Honda Dealer's" attention.

    Thanks for anyone's help!!
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Probably caused by the Brake Pedal Position Switch (located near the brake pedal arm). This switch also activates the brake lights, so if the brake lights are not working right, the switch is the problem. When you press the brake pedal you should hear a click sound (has to be quiet) inside the console. The clicking sound is the solenoid releasing the shift lever, which is activated by the brake switch. How much a shop would charge to fix this depends on if the switch has to be replaced or adjusted, and how much they decide to rip you off. :( Here's a description from the service manual.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Honestly, it sounds like your brake rotors may be warped. I'd try a different shop, but I'm not an expert.

    Elroy will chime in soon (he's good about having answers :)).

    Best of luck,


    1996 Accord LX, 178,000 mi
    2006 Accord EX, 29,700 mi
  • If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. I have a 1996 Honda Accord "Anniversary Edition", which has about 70,000 miles. I don't travel much. I have took it to my locate Meineke shop and they said it maybe something in the transmission. What is does is when I brake the whole car shakes and vibrates like crazy. I have taken very good care of is since I purchased it with 13 miles on. It has all the maintenance upkeep and oil changes. I think I have done everything to keep it in good shape until now. I would appreciate any help, tips, and advice.
  • Thanks the graduate. I appreicate any help I can get.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    It could be the transmission. If you brake, and the transmission refuses to downshift, it could cause a lot of shaking. A sign of this would be if the rpm goes down really low even at higher speeds. Do you feel the transmission downshifting? Warped brake rotors can cause vibration also. Do you feel anything at the brake pedal? Engine/transmission mounts can cause some serious shaking, but it would shake even at idle sitting at a red light. Bad suspension components will make any other shaking even worse. My advise is to get a second, and maybe third opinion on this issue.
  • Thanks elroy. Now that you mentioned it, I do feel something at the brake pedal. Would you suggest I get an opinion from a transmission specialist or take it to the dealership or both?
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I would get the rotors checked out. Maybe get them to test drive the car.
    Sure, if you can find the time, get estimates from a few places. The dealership knows Honda cars better, but they are usually more expensive too, so that's entirely up to you.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I feel for people who have little knowledge about cars, and are at the mercy of repair shops. Unfortunately many repair shops guess what is causing the problem, and throw parts at it. This can become very expensive when they keep guessing the wrong part. Getting a second or third opinion can reduce the likelyhood of this. Your health insurance will usually require you to get a second opinion before having surgery. I think it should also be a requirement for your car. Having a mechanic you know personally is best, but not everyone has that luxury.
  • Thanks elroy5. You have been a tremendous amount of help. At least this gives me something to go on. You know some mechanics like to take advantage of some women. Thanks again.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I told ya elroy would be more help than I could be. :)

    Keep us posted on your situation!

    Best regards,

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Having a mechanic you know personally is best, but not everyone has that luxury.

    You got that right!!

    Elroy, as the graduate noted, your input around here is very helpful. Thanks very much!! :)
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I like to help people save some $$$ if I can. :D Especially those who don't have any $$$ to waste. ;)
  • Thanks everybody for your input. I talk to a lot of guys at work who know alot about cars and all of them said the same things. Wraped rotors. So I will take your opinion and get a lot of answers. It's a little slow at work some I will have time to go to different mechanics. AI will take my brother-in-law with me. I will let you all know what the problem was.
  • dano2008dano2008 Posts: 8
    I want to replace the speedsensor on my 97 accord LX 2.2, but I dont know exactly where it's located. Would be grateful for any help.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    This link only covers up to the 95 model Accord, but it may help you find yours. Good luck
  • monkey13monkey13 Posts: 1
    I have grave problems with the automatic transmission in my L4 accord 1999, send her to repair but I keep on in difficulties in the application of changes, any help himself thank
    P, D changed over the sensors records and seals
  • dano2008dano2008 Posts: 8
    I have a 97 accord LX 2.2 4cly, AT
    My tranny shifts rough, I took it to a shop and they said the tranny came up with no problem codes. I had the fluid changed, no changes. My speedometer wasn't working so I changed the VSS on the trans and the speedometer works but still rough shifting. My D4 light does not blink or stay on. My next step is to get a computer reading on the car and see if any other codes come up.

    My question is, what other factors could come into play when the tranny shifts rough but no codes show up ? :confuse:
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