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95 civic coupe auto tranny shifts way too high rpm (4500 -5000 rpm) after car had timing belt service, valve cover gasket, thermostat & radiator replaced. It was running fine shifting between 2300 - 2500 rpm befor the repairs was done. Any ideas?

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  • golazo Sep 12, 2009

    Yes when it travels around 2k rpm, there seems to be less power than usual. When it upshifts around 4-5k rpm, there is a jerking motion. They also replaced the camshaft and crankshaft seals while replaced the valve cover gasket. I checked atf fluid level and it is good.

    Btw, this car has 150k miles w/o any issues before the preventive repairs.
    Thanks for your help.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    does the engine lack power?



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Sounds like the cam belt was not installed correctly, the engine is out of time, the valve timing may be retarded, think you had better recheck the belt and make sure all the timing marks were aligned, bet there weren't

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Testimonial: "It was due to some plastic piece preventing the shift linkage cable from working correctly."

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Check for linkage, wires, or hoses not connected

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Testimonial: "Yes some plastic piece was preventing the shift linkage cable from working correctly."

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I have a 95 honda civic i just put a new tranny in it and by the btw it is an auto tranny and it wants to shift at 4000 rpms and then wants to wait an shift at 6000 rpms somebody plz help me?

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