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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/17/2013
    H22A transmission problem
    Hello, I drive a 94 Accord with a H22a swap. This is a 96 Vtec Prelude motor. I have a tranny problem. When the car is off, the tranny does not go into 4th gear unless i force it. Same for 5th, but it does not take as much force. When I am driving the car, first ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Probably the tranny itself but the linkage still has to be looked at while someone moves the shifter through the gear positions. It's not the clutch.
      12/19/2013 AutoMD Member
      I got it figured out. It is a synchros problem. Thank you for responding.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/12/2013
    Why is manual transmission stiff?
    Was having trouble shifting into 5th and now having trouble with 3rd and 5th gears. Also can't tell if gear shift is in neutral. The car has 341,000 miles. No work has been performed on the car, the mechanic told me it was just old.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/12/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Of course it has a cause but you have ether a lazy mechanic or an inexperienced one. Get it to a different shop. The excuse "it's old" is frankly ...{old} and its just him saying that to avoid having to look at it.
  • Cybage 1
    Cybage 1 - 1998 Honda Prelude - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/12/2013
  • thedugster
    thedugster - 2006 Honda Ridgeline - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/8/2013
    What could cause my back wheels to lock up?
    I had noticed a winding noise when accelerating that seemed to be coming from rear . I was driving at about 65 mph and suddenly locked up. I couldn't even push it off of the road. The front wheels move by hand freely. The rear wheels are harder to turn by hand. ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/8/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes. put truck in neutral and see if you can turn the rear driveshaft and go from there. Might have a seized up pinion bearing. It might have severe enough damage that it would require a new rear differential.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/7/2013
    I have a fully charged battery but my car won't start
    Car started running loud after a oil change. Sounds like it stays in one gear. I 27degrees here in Oklahoma. I just reached 270,000 miles.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Have to get more detailed than this. make me feel like I am there. Can't just say car won't start.
  • Luv5speeds
    Luv5speeds - 2004 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/29/2013
    Clutch or Transmission or ?
    My '04 honda civic lx 5speed wont shift into 2, 4, or reverse. It is as though something is stuck in the tree so i don't have the three speeds at the bottom of the shift. i can only shift into 1st, 3rd and 5th. Is it the transmission, the clutch, or both?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      In order to determine transmission or shifter linkage, the shift linkage has to be disconnected from the transmission and then the transmission has top be manually engaged to confirm that the unit can be put into 2nd, 4th and reverse. After doing that then the focus goes on to what went wrong with the shifter.
      11/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      its not the clutch
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/11/2013
    Why does my little Civic refuse to start up when on grass?
    even when it hasn't rained for days when I park my car on grass it won't start. if I keep trying it will eventually but am always scared I will flood it. I have not had the car for long and have never this issue with other cars in the past. I would appreciate any ideas.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/11/2013 HouseCallAuto
      It has nothing to do with being on grass, that much I can tell you with certainty.
      12/3/2013 ksadow
      it just wants to chill out man !! u ever been on grass
      12/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/11/2013
    Why does my car never start when it is on grass?
    even when it hasn't rained for days when I park my car on grass it won't start. if I keep trying it will eventually but am always scared I will flood it. I have not had the car for long and have never this issue with other cars in the past. I would appreciate any ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/11/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You have to check and see if there is NO SPARK when it does not start, and if no spark the fix would be to replace the distributor ass'y. If there is spark when the car does not start, do NOT replace the distributor.
  • r.cp201
    r.cp201 - 1998 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/19/2013
    Transmission doesnt shift or respond in any gear when the car gets warm...
    rides fine when i first start the car and take off
    • Moravianmechanics
      10/19/2013 Moravianmechanics
      something maybe a few grains of sand are in the valve body of the transmission. This is an experts area so tread lightly.
  • william
    william - 1993 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/12/2013
    Why does my gear shift remain locked after I have started the engine?
    unable to put car into gear/brake lamp light stays on /just started having prolem
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/12/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If your brake lights are also not working, replace your brake light switch on the brake pedal.
  • zakirchotani
    zakirchotani - 2007 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/12/2013
    AC Compressor burned out
    Few days ago my car had smoke coming out of the AC compressor/drive belt area. I took it to the autoshop and they told me my ac compressor was burning. My AC hasn't been working for over a month so it make sense. I am trying to buy an AC compressor online but have ...
    0 answer
  • william
    william - 1993 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/11/2013
    Why am I unable to shift my car into gear after it has been started?
    The gear shift lever is locked
    0 answer
  • jawolk
    jawolk - 2003 Honda Odyssey - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/6/2013
    Unable to get gear selector out of Park
    When I start the car, I depress the brake pedal and attempt to move gear selector from Park to, say Reverse. Gear selector will not release. Step on brake pedal several times and still unable to move gear selector out of Park. Eventually it does release. I also have ...
    • CVO
      10/5/2013 CVO
      A. Check the stoplight switch.

      Note: Stoplight switch directs current to the stop lights, cruise control, and shift interlock to turn them on or off
      When not replaced, stop lights will run continually or not function, potentially causing premature bulb failure, safety issues and/or the transmission will not shift out of park.

      B. Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine.

      1.Local auto parts stores such as Autozone ( not in California) or Advance Auto parts will scan and retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes ( dtc ) stored in the powertrain control module for free of charge..

      2. has the code reader for less than $ 16.26 dollars + shipping
      Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles

      3.Re-post the dtc's in here " answer question " for further assistance.

      Note: we need the dtc's to identify the sensor, there are a dozen different sensors to operate the car.

      Visit this site and see all the different sensors.

    • HouseCallAuto
      10/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      bad stop light switch
    • Jimm
      10/6/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,, and - to list only a few sources. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the; stop light switch from around $4.80 for your vehicle; Standard Motor Part # SL242T.
  • jawolk
    jawolk - 2003 Honda Odyssey - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/5/2013
    Cannot get gear selector out of park when depressing brake pedal
    Just started to experience problem of getting gear selector out of PArk when depressing accelerator. After several tires it finally releases and I can move gear selector. If it helps any, check engine light and TCS lights are on.
    0 answer
  • alexjohn_kw
    alexjohn_kw - 2005 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/3/2013
    Transmission fluid change
    drain and refill fluid
    • CVO
      10/3/2013 CVO
      Tools required

      oil drain pan
      3/8 ratchet
      1/2 breaker bar with 3/8 to 1/2 adapter (optional)
      1 transmission drain plug gasket
      4-5 transmission fluid ( use the fluid recommended by the Honda owner's manual. )

      For more information, see this video clips