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Old 01-Jun-2005, 10:12 PM
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Auto Tranny Shifter Hard to Engage

My wifes car (97 civic ex AUTO approx 170K) shifter has trouble engaging the gears from park. The last tranny fluid change was almost 2 yrs ago and about 40,000Kms. I know the fluid need to be changed again very soon, but could this be the problem? Can anyone provide some insight on this problem?
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Old 02-Jun-2005, 10:15 AM
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Have you checked the fluid level for your transmission? If its low it may cause it to be hard to shift. I would say start w/ the basics and change the ATF first. If you feel its necessary you can add some transmission additive but Honda ATF alone would be fine. If that still doesn't help then post an update w/ status.
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Re: Auto Tranny Shifter Hard to Engage

Originally posted by Luchez_Si
My wifes car (97 civic ex AUTO approx 170K) shifter has trouble engaging the gears from park. The last tranny fluid change was almost 2 yrs ago and about 40,000Kms. I know the fluid need to be changed again very soon, but could this be the problem? Can anyone provide some insight on this problem?
You mean the shifter is hard to move out of park OR is there a delay when the shifter goes into D?
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Yeah I'm gonna change the fluid soon hopefully that helps.

It is HARD to move out of park. The shifter is getting stuck. shifting between the gears seems fine.
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i dun meen to jack..but my shifter has tubble shifting frum R to D the car starts to jump when i hit the accelorator lyk the gear didnt catch..is my transimision going?
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Originally posted by Luchez_Si
Yeah I'm gonna change the fluid soon hopefully that helps.

It is HARD to move out of park. The shifter is getting stuck. shifting between the gears seems fine.
Nothing wrong with changing the fluid, but chances are it won't fix your problem.
There may be a prob with the cable or something.


BTW is the key stuck in the ignition sometimes and won't come out??
If so there is a bulletin regarding a cable adjustment or something for 96-00 Civics.
Could be related??
You may be able to find the TSB somewhere on the net.
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