2003 Honda Civic EX sedan 5-speed manual transmission with a 4-cylinder v-tech engine
Hi all. I have had this issue for a few years, but find that it only happens in colder weather. We (the car and I) are originally from Florida, so the occasions for problems may have lasted a week(s). I could never replicate the issue for my mechanic because it would warm up so quickly. We (the car and I and a few others) now live near Seattle, WA. Faced with a new landscape, we have done well on the hills and steep mountains, but the colder weather is another thing. I thought I would have a tough time adjusting, but my poor car wants to give up.
The gears do not ‘catch’. It can be from a dead stop or shifting through the gears. Instead of a normal, smooth transition around 3000rpm, the car will shudder and even stall if the accelerator isn’t depressed and reved bringing the rpms up to 4000 at least. So in the car pool lane I get to sound like “that guy” while pulling away from 6 year-olds. (“That guy” in a civic is a sad sound anyway.)
It only happens in colder weather, and only after the colder weather has set in. It was fine through the summer here in Washington state, and it even made it through a November cold snap without showing signs of coming back.
The lower gears are most affected. Stopped into 1st. 1st to 2nd. 2nd to 3rd. Occasionally, but not often at all, 3rd to 4th. Once ever from 4th to 5th. I have not noticed it in reverse ever.
It is a problem I can manage around be driving differently - shifting very quickly at very high rpms, but I do not want to cause more harm. Plus I have a kid in the car a lot. I don’t feel safe, nor do I want to be stranded.
It is intermittent. For the most part, it does not happen on the initial start up and drive for the day. Leaving the house and making it to a destination be it 1 mile or 20 miles away, I may never encounter the shuddering or may only notice it near the end of the drive. It can occur during a trip and then ‘heal itself’ for a time and then reoccur in the same trip. One day it might not happen and other days I’ll give up trying to drive.
I never have issues starting the car.
I do not know if it is the clutch itself or a fluid/pressure issue.
87000 miles. Dealership scheduled maintenance for the entire life of the car.
I appreciate any input and will answer any questions that I can.
I am in a new resident in the suburbs Northeast of Seattle, so if there is a mechanic or dealership anyone suggests, please let me know as well.