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I have a lovely black Honda Prelude 97 model. 2.2 Vtec tiptronic 4 speed box which I adore. Everything is fine with the car except from cold starting and for approx first 2 miles of travel, the gearbox slips and jumps. Although I've learned to drive in such a way as to minimise the slipping/jumping etc, I can't help feeling that it's not doing the engine etc any good and expect it at some point to fail altogether. It has been suggested that it may be a "torque converter" problem. I haven't got a bottomless pocket to replace the gearbox with a recon (although I suppose I'd have to if there was no cheaper alternative) I'm hoping that it is possible to replace/repair the TC and that it'd be a far cheaper course of action. Therefore could you assist in the following; Is there a test that can be carried out to find out for sure if it is the TC? Will it damage the engine in any way? Is it possible and cost effective to repair/replace the TC? Are there any quick fixes? Many many thanks for your help.

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1.) I would take your car to a transmission shop and let them make the call on whats exactly wrong. 2.) Yes it will damage the engine, however your driving habits are minimizing that. Is ok to drive it like this for as long as you need to, but I would get this fixed ASAP 3.) The only cost effective way to fix the torque converter is to have it replaced. 4.) Unfortunately No there are not any quick fixes. 5.) Also check your transmission fluid level to make sure your levels are good. Your welcome and good luck to you. Thanks for using FixYa!

Sincerely,

JC

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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