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I have a 1997 accord and it shifts from D to 3 while driving, even at constant speed on level roads. What could this be?

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Sounds like the solenoide in tranny is defaulting,but 1st check shift indicator

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Hi i have a 1997 honda acccord lx with a vtec engine i got the check engine light and scanned, recieved dtc code p1259 vtec system failure the symptoms are it driving normal until it reaches 3,500 rpm


If this is a 1997 LX Accord, it did not come with the VTEC, that was only on the EX version in 1997. So someone put an EX VTEC engine in your LX. I've seen this done, and it requires a EX pcm computer. It also needs VTEC wiring to be installed. Check the engine serial # and ID what this engine is from.
If this is actually an EX Accord, then there are more things that can fail than the solenoid. The pressure switch is a common failure.

Oct 21, 2014 | 1997 Honda Accord

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What possible problems before replace ******? my accord 97 A/T wont shift to 4th gear even 79 mph. Oil level good, 4 solenoids 14ohms each, PCM not scanned yet.


Pull it & rebuild it & do all the updates



Most transaxles seldom make 100,000 miles



Once you drive ten miles or more, with a transmission

you know has problems, you ruin it



Solenoids can not be cleaned



If the fluid was not changed every 2 or 3 years, since the car or trans was new,it is a death sentence



I could go on here for a 1/2 hour about transmissions



What everyone coming to a site,fails to see,is that asking all these

questions, has nothing to do with actually testing a vehicle & finding

a problem,not a guessing game, or what if someone else had the

same problem



What your telling us, would appear to me as internal wear & problems, only a good cleaning & rebuilt will solve



If your light on the gas & get past 42 mph & no top gear,then there

is no reason to go to 79 mph



It either shifts or it doesn\'t

You have lock-up or you don\'t



I seldom use the gas much,I let the vehicle just roll out & shift

without much engine load on it

Aug 16, 2014 | 1997 Honda Accord

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Revolving, clanking noise when shifted into reverse or drive that disappears at road speed.


I would check the torque converter bolts to make sure they haven't backed out, may possibly be a cracked flex plate also

Feb 20, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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My son's car is a Honda Accord 91 and he said that when he drives it as of late the car changes gears to high or low. Sometimes it drives well then the gears shift to slow. What problem can this be??


this is one of the first "fuzzy logic" boxes fitted by honda,
the gearchange pattern will change dependant on the driving style of the driver.
first check the trans level.then without touching the gas put car in gear and let it run to max speed(about 30/35mph).stop.
then put 1/3rd gas pedal down (keep it still)and let car go to max speed,stop.then floor the gas to a safe top speed for the test road...then stop.you have just reset the change mode.
if you drive the car with only 1/3rd gas the car will change lowdown the rev range(boring) and save you a fortune in gas...
if son drives different to you the car will know who is driving and change accordingly(takes about 30 miles to react)
it is NOT in any handbook.

Aug 04, 2010 | 1991 Honda Accord

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How do I used the automatic gearbox?


p is for park,always put into this mode when starting up or your finished with the car.
n is for nuetral,used for warming up on very cold mornings.do not leave car unnattended EVER.
d is for drive.the car will change gear itself for a given road/engine speed(for economy use only the first1/3rd of the gas pedal travel)
3 is for accending/descending a very steep hill where
changeing from 4 to 3/3 to 4 constantly up/down would overheat the gearbox, reducing efficiency.
2 and 1 are for pulling away in snow and mud when a wheelspin would not be beneficial.
stick shift is fun but auto is more comfortable....if used considerately..

Jul 04, 2010 | 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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When I engage the cruise control is holds speed but rmp surges periodically around 2-300 rpm.


It could be your transmission trying to find the right gear it will jump around on diffrent road surfaces and going up hills/down hills. It is usaully noticable on cruise because it is at a constant speed and your thinking why would it need to shift. Sometimes it doesnt even really shift the gear its so inbetween it just jumps back really fast.

Apr 06, 2010 | 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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What is ride control


It's a system where the shock absorbers and vehicle body are monitored for position constantly by the on-board computer. The computer can instantly adjust the shocks to match road conditions for a more stable ride. It's a very high-tech system.

Jan 20, 2010 | 1993 Cadillac Seville

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Transmission is not shifting gears while driving


First check fluid level. is check engine light on? is speedometer working? this can be caused by a malfuncition vehicle speed sensor or a mechanical condition such as a clogged filtre.

Sep 06, 2009 | 1997 Dodge Caravan

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1991 Honda Accord tranny not shifting..


the first thing that needs to be checked is the fluid level. it may have a leak and has now gotten too low to move car. check the trans oil dipstick with vehicle running in park on flat ground. if it is low, top it off with dex lll trans oil and see if it moves better. if restored to normal shifting, ck for leakage. dont fix the leak first without checking for normal shifting down the road, you could be wasting time and money if any damage has occurred.

Nov 15, 2008 | 1991 Honda Accord

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