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Sport Mode on 1991 Honda Accord

The Sport Mode Light on my dashboard is on. It sometimes comes on when I start the car and stays on and at other times comes on after I start driving. The car does not seem to be shifting gears properly. The speedometer is working. I have had trouble getting a mechanic to know what to do.Can someone tell me what causes this and how it can be fixed. What damage is being done to the transmission?

The Sport Mode changes the shift points in your tranny away from gas efficiency and biased toward performance. Your owner’s manual should tell you how to turn it off.

That is the problem- The sport mode will not turn off by pressing the button according to the manual. How else can I adjust the sport mode issue?

You’ll have to find someone who is willing to access a factory service manual, or database, and go through the diagnostic procedures for the automatic transmission and “sport mode.”

I don’t think any damage is being done to your transmission, but I’ll be your fuel mileage is reduced while the transmission is in sport mode.

Is your mechanic a Honda specialist?

On some cars, the “Drive” indicator light or another transmission-related light will light up when there is an electronic issue with the transmission. Check the Owner’s Manual to see if there is any mention of the Sport Mode light going on to indicate electronic problems with the trans.

Since you mentioned that the trans is not shifting normally, the first thing to do is to check the level, color, and smell of the transmission fluid. How about doing that and then reporting back to us?

In the long run, I really think that this car needs to be checked by an independent transmission shop–NOT AAMCO, Lee Myles, Cottman, Mr. Transmission, or any other chain operation. But, in the short term, let us know what you find on your dipstick and in your Owner’s Manual.

Transmission Fluid level,color, and smell are fine. All the owner’s manual discusses is where the sports switch is on the shift lever.

I think that the only sensible course of action is to start asking friends, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers for the names of independent transmission shops that they have been satisfied with. This trans problem is not going to cure itself and is likely going to get worse as time goes on.

Rather than winding up stranded and also increasing your repair costs, it is better to get it to a good trans shop very soon.

Can you describe the shifting issue?

Could be the switch itself or its wiring.