High rpms, low speeds, automatic transmission.


Asked by Sep 23, 2016 at 09:48 AM about the 2012 Honda Civic DX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2012 honda civic with 78000 miles
on it. The main issue with it is that the
automatic transmission doesn't seem to
shift out of first gear, I can't seem to go
above 45mph, and when it hits 5k rpm it
starts to "chug" (maybe hesitate is the right
word?) Someone suggested the engine
might be in "limp mode." So far the check
transmission light is on, the check exhaust
light is on , the power steering light is on, I
seem to be burning fuel much faster than
normal, my speedometer isn't working, the
bar that says how many mpg I am using
isn't working, and the readout that shows
how many miles I have left is going crazy. I
have done some research and it does have
some symptoms of a dirty fuel injector, I'm
going to get some liquid fuel injector
cleaner tonight and see if that does
anything, as well as put in New air filters.
Does anyone have any other ideas on what I
might try before taking it to a shop?

3 Answers


you can rent a trans scanner from autozone. my cirrus did that and my shift solenoid was stuck shut


Jeebus what the hell have you been doing to this thing...? Does not sound like limp mode, as usually you can't get up to 45MPH and trans stays in 2nd gear. Yours is stuck in 1st. You also have basically every indicator light on, so seriously, this thing needs inspected ASAP or you're going to blow either the motor or transmission, and at only 78K miles too. Have you checked all the fluid levels? Oil changed any time recently? Trans should be serviced at 75K miles so that is due, and maybe a good flush and filter change will do it some good, and have it diagnosed as it sure sounds like sticking solenoid pack in it.

Bob Beaman

It is possible that when it hits 5K RPM it is hitting the rev limiter. I sure as heck wouldn't drive it until it is repaired. As KenF posted, get it looked at ASAP!!

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