Quick fix or transmission problem?

Asked by Apr 05, 2016 at 11:29 AM about the 2001 Honda Civic DX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I notice that my car idles really low at like
.5 or .3, that's only part of the issue..this
only happens when I don't come to a
complete stop, sometimes when going into
a turn without coming to a stop and I go to
accelerate again it's like it shifts and then
shifts again very quickly. Also in stop and
go traffic when I push on the gas a bit it
kinda jolts forwards and then when I let off
the gas it jolts back. I'm not sure what it's
doing, and sometimes when getting up to
speed the rpms drop but not during a shift.
Sorry if this is confusing but if anyone can
help that would be wonderful..has 92,000
miles btw

9 Answers

77,785

When was the last time the trans was serviced, it sounds like a trans pressure problem, could be a plugged filter screen.

The guy I bought it from said he hadn't had it done because he never had any problems, I just bout it about 3 weeks ago. I had transmission problems in a previous car so maybe he just didn't notice it. So would that be taken care of in a transmission flush or a different service?

Do you know if there are any other possible issues or is that the main possibility that you think it would be?

77,785

Well there's a warning flag right there, a tranny requires servicing at regular intervals, as those intervals were never meet it is possible that there is some major transmission damage, get the tranny serviced, do not have it flushed, see if they find any metal in the pan, if they do then you need to decide if repair is the way to go, if not then complete the service and see how it performs. Just be aware that there maybe damage from lack of maintenance that may just crop up. Makes me wonder what else wasn't done right, like timing belt, oil changes, tune ups etc.

He kept records of everything he had done, he did tune ups, oil changes, I didn't see paperwork for timing belt. But I think I need to change the spark plugs and wires and definitely transmission service just wasn't sure if it was something that was gonna be cheap or more expensive and actually wanted to know what the problem was before I went in there

77,785

Unfortunately in this case you won't until you start with the service.

Best Answer

Okay, disappointing, but thank you for your help.

305

Did you switch tire/rim sizes to something bigger? That has been known to throw off transmission.

305

Although, it wouldn't effect the idle speed. Disregard my last comment. Sorry. I just had my tranny rebuilt because it started to slip real bad. Now it performs like new (like it should). $1200 later.

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