87 Honda Accord LXi transmission makes a clunk/jolt when shifting
My son is looking to buy his first car. We found an 87 Honda in great condition, but when you shift from park to drive, it makes a 'clunk' noise and the car jolts and shakes some. Is this normal for an automatic transmission this old, or is it a sign that it's about to fail?
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yes...Sounds like the shifter points are way off...to reach that you need to remove the center console the connecter in under the shifter...the other end of the cable feeds through the dashboard and connects to the tranny from under neath...
i had the same thing...It's the transmission. It's REALLY noticeable shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. I was able to get my transmission fixed for 900 bux. That wasn't even a replacement so i can imagine how much it would cost to get it replaced. The shifting will get worse. By the end of my "experience" it wouldn't shift from 1st to 2nd for about 5 minutes until i drove it around for a bit. THen it would "warm up" to the idea of shifting to 2nd gear.
start be looking for broken motor mounts if there broken this can happen look for rips and tares in the rubber in side the mounts you may need to put the car in the air to check the rear mount. if you find one that is broken replace it and see if that solves your clunk.
Do your high beams work? The problem could be your turn signal/high beam switch. If the lights come on when you use the high beams replace this switch. It is available at most autoparts stores. Not a diffucult repair probably under two hours.
hi, its best you get this looked at soon as possible the chances are it could just be that you need the fluid topping up and will need checking for any leaks. The problem is if it gets to bad then replacing an auto box is very expensive and is hard to do so its best you get it looked at before it gets beyond repair. Taking it into a garage will be your best option as they will have a special tool for testing the pressure in the auto box and also the fluid level. If it has got to bad and cant be solved by fluid alone then the cheapest option would be to get a reconditioned box and getting this fitted as a new one will cost a fortune. Hope this is some help to you let me know how you get on or if you have any questions ok