Hey, I have a 97 protege, and I have been experiencing some odd transmission problems.
The check engine light is on, but as far as I know the codes were not transmission related, even though the stuff they replaced to get rid of it didnt get rid of it so it is still on.
Anyways, the car shifts hard into second, if you go slow enough it will be fine, but if your still accelerating it will shift hard, so what I have become accustomed to doing is when it starts to rev high, I let off the gas and it goes into third. When it has been driven for a long time the problem isnt so severe.
Also, not sure if it is related, but when going into reverse you have to let it idle backwards before you give it gas or else it will shift really hard and jump.
And to add to it all, what it also started doing (only did it once so far, and as soon as I shut it off and tried it again it was gone), was when it was in park, and as soon as I applied the break it would buzz constantly or just click, basically they would trade off ( apply the brake and it would buzz, stop pressing brake and then apply it again and it would only click, apply the brake and stop pressing brake and then apply it again and it would only click and so on).
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In every case where the check engine light is on there should be a code read and/or the use of diagnostic equipment to locate the fault, repairs carried out as required and then the code cleared from the memory.
It is probable other things will start working normally when the problem causing the engine check light to illuminate has been rectified but whether this is true or not that must be your starting point.
No, Your thermostat has several purposes. Mainly to get your engine up to operating temperature so your engine operates on your computer. When the engine is cold, It's in a closed loop and runs rich and uses more gas. The thermostat also helps with your car interior heat in the winter. Never remove it, you will have lots of side effects.
As far as a transmission not shifting, I would need to know the year model and make. Odds are your transmission is electronic shift with a signal from your car's computer. You should have a check engine light on.
A common problem with Neons ( I have owned a 95' and now have a 97' ) is the throttle control valve linkage gets seized, or partially seized and causes it to shift hard, upshift at higher RPM's and as well shift down hard when slowing, or stopping. It sits on top of the shifter linkage and is subjected to rain, snow etc., entering under front of car, so it gets seized if not lubricated regularly, and some mechanics are not aware of this until a problem arises. Other than that, I have not experienced any other problems with transmission on either one, and I don't drive them easy. I'd take the time to have that checked before I write off the transmission. If you decide to check it out yourself, let me know i'll send you a picture of where it is. You need to remove battery and battery tray to get decent access to it, but if you do decide to check it, DO NOT remove the linkage to clean it. The shaft can drop down when removed and then your into removing pan etc to fix it.
Drop the pan, odds are the shift solenoid is out, its located at the front of the trans on the driver side. I'm sure your check engine light is on that will comment about the timing/shift solenoid being bad. I had the same problem with mine. The solenoid had plastic coming out of the inside. To remove it you'll find a small C clip holding it in, just take a small screw driver and pull the clip out. The part cost me like $36 from my local dealership. And its a longer solenoid. I believe its the 3-2 downshift solenoid. I do have the part number if you need it.
YOU HAVE A TORQUE CONVERTER PROBLEM. TORQUE CONVERTER CONTROL CIRCUIT MALFUNCTION CODES CAN COME FROM ELECTRICLE TO INTERNAL MALFUNCTION. IF YOU START EXPERIENCING A HARD SHIFT OR FREE SPIN TO HARD SHIFT DON'T BE SURPRISED. TRY CHANGING FLUID. THIS MAY HELP. HONDA WOULD HAVE REPLACED TRANS IF UNDER 105 k FOR FREE. IF YOU HAVE TO REPLACE TRANS. BUY ONE FROM HONDA, 3 YR WARRANTY AND AS CHEAP AS A REBUILT TRANS. HAVE A QUALIFIED PERSON INSTALL, YOU WILL SAVE ABOUT $500 DOING IT THIS WAY. GOOD LUCK
Hey i just had the same problem with my car. the 3rd gear shift fork was broke off in the transmission in my car. however it might just be ur shift linkage. you can check to make sure the pin is moving in and out of the tranny from underneath the car (laying on the ground its on the left side just before the echaust bends to go up to the headers.) and if it is moving it most likely is the shift fork.
But after i had my transmission done my factory keyless entry, interior lights, and headlight door buzzer (when u get out of the car with the lights on) does not work.... also my odometer trip meter resets itself everytime i shut my car off. im still working on finding out what that is.