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I have a 2006 Honda Accord Ex-L coupe 5-speed 2.4L with 113,000 miles on it. I drive it very easy, keeping it under 2500rpm under most circumstances.

In 2nd gear passing in between 2,000rpm and 2,500rpm the car will hesitate and slightly vibrate. This is the ONLY time the car will do this, but it happens consistently EVERY TIME ONLY in 2nd gear in between 2,000 and 2,5000rpm. It is noticeable, but only moderately so.

I have not replaced the clutch, I put in new spark plugs at 98,000, and I had the manual transmission fluid replaced less then 1,000 miles ago. I don't know if any of this is relevant. I would rather narrow it down on my own then take it to the dealer or a shop and have them jerk me around.

If you guys have any experience or suggestions or a similar problem, any knowledge you have would be great! Thanks
 

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Did the car exhibit these symptoms before the manual transmission fluid change 1,000 miles ago?
 

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No Sir it did not. My Accord has been doing this since I bought it last year in March of 2013. Thanks!
Huh? No it didn't do this before the fluid change, but it's done it since you bought it a year ago? Could you elaborate. Thanks!
 

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Woohhh my mistake guys, sorry. RickBlaine, yes the car did it before the fluid change and continues to do it now. I bought the car with 97,000 miles on it from a women in Tacoma in March of 2013. I didn't notice right away, but about two weeks in, I noticed it and it has been there ever since. I do regular maintenance and change the oil myself every 4,000 miles. Like I said, the vibration and hesitation only happens in 2nd gear in between 2,000 and 2,500rpm, it does not hesitate or vibrate at any other time, not during a quick downshift or holding a gear going down hills or anything like that. My mileage has not suffered or dropped off, I get 29-30 mpg in town and around 35 mpg on the highway. It isn't hard shifting from 1st to 2nd gear and it isn't difficult to get it into 2nd gear when downshifting either.

Sorry for the confusion guys. My head wasn't on straight. Any thoughts or information would be helpful. I have thought about going to a couple different shops and getting an opinion and estimate, but we know how that goes most times. They suggest something, you're out $500-600 for the "fix" and the problem is still there. Thanks
 

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Classic symptoms of CV axles or motor mounts.
 

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Your car has drive by wire, I wonder if that slight hesitation is in the DBW ? I would start at the basics, have the spark plugs been changed, check compression, check fuel pressure, check motor mounts, check front suspension, etc.

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I recently had a similar problem except mine was more of a "jerk" than vibration, and mine was in 1st and 3rd gear under light acceleration. It turned out to be the accelerator position sensor that was going bad. I bought a new one and installed it, now the throttle is smooth again.

Here's a thread that helped me diagnose my problem: http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/showthread.php?t=194817
 

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I had a similar problem with my Acura TSX, but I have an automatic and it would only happen when it was cold and only the first acceleration from a stop sign. It failed completely driving on the interstate, felt like the gas pedal disconnected and all warning lights came on the dash and the transmission locked to only 3rd gear. Luckily that set a code and I replaced it. It seems to me it did it for months before it failed. Once it failed the fix was to shut off the car and restart and it was good for a few minutes or till the next day.

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You would think if it was the inner CV that the hesitation vibration would occur in any gear?

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You would think if it was the inner CV that the hesitation vibration would occur in any gear?

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I wish i could experience the condition before i spoke.

that being said, CV joints can produce vibrations under specific torque loads and speeds.

I dont want to lead anyone down the wrong direction here... but on a MT, with a vibe while accelerating, without actually driving the car, my brain points toward checking the CV joints first....
 

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You would think if it was the inner CV that the hesitation vibration would occur in any gear?

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I hv a habit of short shifting 1->2.

A lot of times if i shift up at say 1800, and car is under load i get the same vibes. I hv cheap advance auto axles on my v6-6mt.

It may happen on a 2-3 short shift but mostly on inclines. By third car has enough momentum n speed to not be in that load condition.

Bad motor mounts will make the vibes feel worse.
 

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I hv a habit of short shifting 1->2.

A lot of times if i shift up at say 1800, and car is under load i get the same vibes. I hv cheap advance auto axles on my v6-6mt.

It may happen on a 2-3 short shift but mostly on inclines. By third car has enough momentum n speed to not be in that load condition.

Bad motor mounts will make the vibes feel worse.
i just thought its important to note, that bad motor mounts cause cv shafts to fail. Constantly changing the angles of the shaft during accell and decell put a beating on them. Its common to find a mount and an axle together.
 

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i too get a slight hesitation, but it isnt like anything you ppl described above.

Mine is very slight, and one wonders if it just the imagination..but its very slight,like the car needs a second..

around 2700, things go back to normal..
Its annoying..

additionally, my steering wheel also vibrates and I know i am in need for new CV axles in the future, but they havent shown any signs of wear when you look at them.
 

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My mechanic has replaced the stub axles, all four axles and we're still having a vibration after shifting to second and third gears. Vibration was originally occurring around 60 mph. That has gone away but started vibrating around 25 after the first replacement of the axles. We are at a loss. My mechanic has been great because he didn't charge us for the stub axles because it didn't fix the issue. He recommended I have a transmission specialist look at it.
 

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If the transmission fluid hasn't been changed regularly, that MAY be the cause. You may have to drain & fill several times.
 

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Thread revival! LOL

What a pain in the arse these issues are.
I have a vibration at low rpm, when accelerating between 2nd & 3rd gear.

My front left cv shaft was replaced - maybe the right is on the way out.
Or maybe it's motor mounts, who knows.
If I really baby it when accelerating between 2nd & 3rd gear and shift earlier than usual, I can sometimes avoid those good (not really) vibrations.

My mechanic did notice it this past summer, but didn't find anything at the time.
The issue has been with me for ~ 2-3 years that I can recall.

I've had struts/ball joints/bushings and upper control arms replaced over the past couple years, unfortunately none of those replacements were the cause of the vibration but were due to leakage/wear etc.
 
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