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1987 Honda Accord Automatic Jolts in 2nd Gear

I have a 2 door Honda Accord Hatchback with extreme low mileage (98K), and overall the car drives great, but I notice when accelerating and deccelerating the car "jolts" around 2nd gear and smooths out in higher gears. Should I be concerned for the near future or is this normal for this car? Also, what could I potentially do to smooth out the shifting for the long haul, as I intend to have this car for some time? Thanks

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  • sweetsoju May 17, 2008

    Oh yeah....I forgot to mention this is an automatic transmission....



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I have a 1987 honda accord and i was wondering do i drive in D4 or D3

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I have a similar problem with my auto trans making rough, elongated, grinding shifts from 1st to second under fast acceleration, but makes normal shifts when normal gas peddle is applied from a stopped position. According to my mechanic, the 1987 auto trans has a design flaw on a weak 1st-2nd, and 4th-OD shift drum that causes this problem, and can cause a total shift failure. That diagnoses was made 8 years, and 50,000 miles ago, and ever since I've merely practiced easy starts with no critical trans failure. Hope this helps some of you.


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    I noticed the same roughness shifting from 1st to 2nd at 200K, that was 9 years, and 60k miles ago. Be warned, the problem will worsen over time, to a point where I now have to shift manually from 1st to 2nd (D3, or D4 to D2), then have to let up on the gas, then shift into 3rd, followed by 4th. If I don't let up between 2nd to 3rd, the transmission free spins before engaging 3rd. Cold weather has a negative effect, making it necessary to warm up the transmission before it will shift from 1st into 2nd. I also experienced the transmission binding in both 1st, and reverse as if the brakes were being applied on several ocassions. This problem can be corrected by moving the gear selector between Park and 2nd several times at a dead stop. Hope this helps.


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You need to change the clutch pads on the cars for a smoother drive...............

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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

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