I have a 1992 Honda Accord with an automatic transmission and recently I’ve started having some problems. I’m wondering if someone more knowledgeable than I am might have an explanation. About 3 weeks ago I noticed that, when I parked my car and put the shifter in “Park”, the shifter became locked in this position. In other words, I cannot release the shifter from “Park” unless I use the car key to unlock the shifter. So, I started parking my car in neutral (there are few hills in my area, thankfully!) so that I didn’t have to unlock the shifter each time. Occasionally I park the car in “Reverse” (after turning the car off), although I have to put the car in neutral to start it up.
Today I started my car and noticed that I had very little acceleration. In fact, when I was on a slight incline, waiting to pull out into an intersection, it was difficult to keep my car from rolling backward. Also, when I pulled out into the intersection, it accelerated very slowly and took much longer than usual to get up to normal speed. However, after the car sat for 5 hours afterward, I started it and it began accelerating normally once again. This is the first time I’ve had this problem with the car.
Is it likely that the 2 issues are related? Is this likely an issue with the transmission? The car is about ready to be retired, so I don’t want to sink anymore money into it. I was hoping to drive it until it no longer ran. I’m just wondering if that day is coming soon. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!