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Honda Civic 97 ex 2dr. Car was running perfect.Transmission works and shifts great, car has 110.000 miles.On the way home it slipped to neutral. So i stopped. Started the car again transmission worked fine, after 10 sec it slipped out again. So i did the same thing.Turned the engine off for a minute and started again and it was fine,then after 10 sec it got locked at like 2.5 or 3 K Rpm and i could hear a weird noise , sounded like the transmission was struggling to shift but it couldnt , for like 5-10 sec, then it slipped to neutral again, after doing this few more time , finally got home , now i need help pls.

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  • nikolce_86 Jul 23, 2009

    Sorry forgot to mention its auto tranny . I think it could be related to the shifting solenoid, The car had the same simptoms when i got the car. So i had the solenoid replaced, i got it from the junkyard it was used, I am not sure if its working or not, but the car ran fine for 30 minutes and the the slipping started to happen, I will check the tranny fluid today and i will drain it , and i will put a new one and see if it is going to work. A frien mechanich told me that not having enough fluid, or not having the correct fluid can cause that to happen. So i will post after i get that done.

  • nikolce_86 Jul 25, 2009

    I just had the fluid changed, 5 quarts of Castrol import. Still the same problem.

  • nikolce_86 Jul 25, 2009

    The car has like 3 transmission solenoids. it has Linear solenoid, upper (on Transmission housing),
    Shift Solenoid lower (on Transmission housing), Lock-up Solenoid - On Torque Converter Housing,
    So which one do i change? Or do i just change all of them? which i dont want to do unless is necessary i just need to know which one to change. Thanks.


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First thing I must ask...How's the transmission oil???

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

First check to make sure the clutch cable is ok and not too loose and is adjusted properly...second, make sure your transmission has enough fluid and the fluid is at the right level...When was the last time the clutch was replaced? If you have recently replaced the clutch then you may have worn the brass syncro ring inside the transmission down to the point where there isn't enough material for the syncro sleeve to grab onto...another thing to check is your motor mounts, if they are worn out very bad then the movement of your engine could cause the transmission to pop out of gear

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  • Anonymous Jul 23, 2009

    Also have a mechanic check the transmission shift linkage and adjust it if necessary

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2009

    I thought it was an auto but when you say "pop" out of gear it sounded like a manual trasmission..yes..that is the part you need..I see that make and model at the junkyard all of the should not have any problem getting a replacement

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2009

    Replace the solenoid again and it should fix the problem...maybe you got one that was about to fail


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