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Transmission shudder My 1993 Honda accord anniversary edition transmission "shudders" when I start accelerating at any speed i.e. freeway stop and go traffic, then runs smoothly. If I accelerate rapidly the "shuddering" does not occur. Sometimes the D4 light flashes and the car will not go at all. If I turn the engine off and then restart, the D4 light goes out and the car runs again but still has the slight "shudder" upon acceleration. A couple of times the car would not start after I stopped for a few minutes unless I let the car set for approx. 20 or 30 minutes. Is this the same problem? I had the transmission fluid changed about 10,000 miles ago. I would really appreciate your help.

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  • Anonymous Jul 27, 2008

    the same thing

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    I also change the transmission fluid twice to make sure it wasn't that at less I am hoping that not the problem.


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I had a similar problem on my 93 Accord after I accidentally threw the car in reverse at 50 mph, obviously wrecking the transmission. When I got it rebuilt I was told the transmission pump was to blame (clogged with "shrapnel"). I, and your car manual, recommend taking the car in to get the tranny looked at. Especially considering you just had the fluid changed which is what would normally cause the problems you are describing.

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