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I have a 2001 Honda Accord with the 3.0 v6 and 135,xxx miles on it. Currently I am out of the extended warranty but I do owe another 4 thousand on the car. The shifts are either way too hard, its getting stuck in 3rd and not downshifting or upshifting, its obvious to me that the tranny is on the way out. What I am looking for is tips on what I should do. Whats the difference between a rebuilt transmission or a completely new one, really just need another 25,000 miles on this car. Will getting a flush help me at all or is it too late?
 

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There are no new transmissions available. Your choices are to have someone rebuild your existing transmission, buy one already rebuilt or get a used trany (not recommended by me).
You can try a few drain and refills, but I doubt it will help much at this stage. Stay away from power flushes.
 

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I've been driving it doing the shifts myself going from gear one to two to d3 and it seems to be working just fine, is it possible that the problem could be the torque converter or a shifter solenoid? I had an isuzu trooper before this that burned through the first two gears so I only had the third gear to drive in and currently I have full use of all my gears. Any ideas?
 

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You could try the drain/refill/ drive 10 minutes 3x. I used Valvoline Maxlife ATF and now my downshifts are much smoother.

I bought my fluid at Walmart (3 jugs for about 17 each), so your talking a a little over $50 to try.
 
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Why not send a letter to Honda and complain about your transmission problem. They may give you a 'good will' warrantee on a rebuilt transmission. They may give you the transmission and you may have to pay to install it or whatever. My Accord's transmission was one month out of the 10 year extended warrantee and the dealer persuaded Honda to pay for a rebuilt transmission. It's worth a try.
 

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My gen 6 is a '98 I4. I had the same problem with my car that you are describing. The trouble started at around 98k and was very intermittent. It eventually got so bad that I had to manually shift in order to drive it at all. And when coming to a stop, the tranny would not downshift at all and I would have to shift into Neutral then back to D4. I searched high and low and my bf asked a mechanic friend of his about the problem. The mechanic has a 2000 Accord 4cyl that had the same problem when he bought the car from the original owner. He was able to correct the problem by removing the lock-up solenoid valve assembly and cleaning the filter screens. There are basically two screens, one for each side of the solenoid. These become clogged and the restricted flow of ATF results in lack of proper shifting of the transmission. We tried this on my car and also did 2 drain/fills with the same Valvoline Full Synthetic ATF that was mentioned in this thread and my car drives like new again. I would recommend checking the solenoid screens because they are likely blocked just like mine were. Also, the drain plug has a magnet which pulls out the metal particles that get into the fluid from normal use. My bf and the mechanic said that for the mileage on my car, the residue on the plug was about average so I do not think the transmission is showing signs of excessive wear. The previous owner was my bf's mother and she babied the car from when it was new. I hope this helps. Oh, the lock-up solenoid valve assembly is the one on top of the transmission. It sits just forward and down from the starter. If you look at the top radiator hose and point straight down, it is almost directly to the left and has two round cylinders that look like old 35mm film canisters.

My car - 1998 Honda Accord LX/Color - Heather Mist Metallic, all original 105k
 

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Transmission death throes

I am replying to my original post for one reason, my tranny has died a horrible death. After doing the screen cleaning the car drove perfectly fine for 1,579 miles. The shifts were silky smooth and then one day while driving home from work I stopped at a red light and then...slam. The downshift into first gear pushed me back in the seat and the car lurched forward slightly. As the light turned green I accelerated normally and the 1-2 upshift was delayed and there was another shudder. 2-3 upshift did not occur at all until I took my foot off the accelerator. This continued for the next 7-8 miles before getting home. Once there, I decided to back in to have a good look under the hood. I stopped, put the car in reverse and then nothing happened for about 2 seconds and then the most awful noise came from under the hood. It was the sound of metal grinding on metal and the car started to move backward. I was able to park and I checked the fluid and it was still full and the color cherry red/not burned. Boyfriend called a transmission shop he trusts and I drove it up there yesterday. They said it was the clutch bands that were clogging the screens and the problem would only get worse to the point where the car would no longer move at all. So, I am waiting to find out today what the cost will be. I ordered an auxiliary transmission oil cooler today as well.
 

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i have a 2002 accord SE 2.3L 4cyl, my tranny had recently started slip a lot when i'm changing gears from first to second, and i've read that its usually because there isn't enough friction between gears and i've been wondering if my tranny doesn't get messed up that much, i can get it fixed for under a grand
 

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I had my tranny rebuilt by a small family-owned shop here in town. The owner was very nice and he answered all my questions, beginning from the time the problem started until the day I drove my car limping all the way to his shop. He stated he has rebuilt a lot of the Honda BAXA transmissions. He said that they all basically run great until about 100k when the bands have worn down and the filter screens have become clogged. He gave me a one year, unlimited mileage warranty on the transmission. The car had just over 104k on it when I picked it up. It now has 114k and has been perfect ever since.
 

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I didn't think the 4 cylinder transmissions had issues. I only knew of the V6's having issues.
 

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I too thought the tranny issues were for the V6.
I wanted to know are all the people in here who's having problems all drive MANUAL or AUTOMATIC?
 

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There have been plenty of 4 cylinders that have had transmission problems as well so it is not just the V6's. The V6's are more prone to transmission failure than the 4 cylinders but all have experienced premature tranny failure. If you have a manual transmission (which is only available on 4 cylinders) then I am pretty sure you are in the clear to this type of failure. Automatic transmission are the ones that a prone to go out.

The best way to keep up your tranny life is to do frequent drain & refills with Honda Z-1, DW-1 or equivalent. I do one every 15,000 miles and have 147,000 miles on my V6 ATX.
 

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My '02 V6 has 250k on it and I have had the tranny drained and refilled about every 30k. Had some hard shifting at around 60k and my mechanic recommended the drain/refill (NO FLUSH) and it has been shifting smooth ever since.
 

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i have my honda dealer change tranny fluid and filter every 30k mi. 01 V6 with 160+k mi. and it runs/shifts perfect. i also use the parking brake every time I park so the tranny isn't taking that strain either. i do that for my Camry also.

one of the mechanics at my dealer has an 01 V6 with just about 300k mi.

the trannys can be just fine if properly maintained. most people ignore scheduled maintenance and just complain when things fail.
 

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i have my honda dealer change tranny fluid and filter every 30k mi. 01 V6 with 160+k mi. and it runs/shifts perfect. i also use the parking brake every time I park so the tranny isn't taking that strain either. i do that for my Camry also.

one of the mechanics at my dealer has an 01 V6 with just about 300k mi.

the trannys can be just fine if properly maintained. most people ignore scheduled maintenance and just complain when things fail.
I hope you are not paying a lot for the tranny filter changes, since they don't have one :dunno: or have you added an aftermarket ATF filter as I have?
 

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I hope you are not paying a lot for the tranny filter changes, since they don't have one :dunno: or have you added an aftermarket ATF filter as I have?
no, it doesn't have a filter and they've never charged me for a filter. i naturally just type fluid/filter together. :)

my Camry has a strainer... not sure if anyone actually cleans them...

i'm intrigued by your addition of a filter though... got a thread on that?
 
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