Hello! I recently purchased a “beater” car. 1998 Honda Civic Lx Auto Transmission. 221k Miles. Let me start off by saying i know my way around a car, however when it comes to auto transmissions i don’t have much experience. When I first purchased the vehicle, the previous owner who claims he was a mechanic (i’ve heard this before) said he had just replaced the transmission fluid. I checked it and it seemed full and clean. After about a month of me driving the car during the winter i noticed the car starting to shift hard when putting car in reverse and then when selecting to drive D4. This was only happening when it was really cold and once in a while. After a while it started to become more noticeable and now when I’m driving all the time the car seems to be “slipping” or rather the rpms seem to “hang” when the car should be shifting to the next gear. I notice it will shift down hard when slowing down as well. I have been gentle with the car since I’ve owned it just because of the mileage on it.
I have done some reading about this generation of civic and everyone seems to be having tranny problems a lot earlier in the game than me. I have recently checked the fluid again and it seems a little more burnt than when i first looked. I’ve made an appt. with honda to do a drain and fill a few days from now because i don’t want to take the chance and I’m thinking maybe it will help.
Is their any chance it could be the throttle cable or one of the transmission solenoids? Ive even read that you can take out the 7.5 amp fuse in the control panel box to reset the engine computer and people have been having luck with that.
Pictures posted are just to see color of fluid not the level