View Full Version : 97 Accord SE Transmission Problem

07-06-2009, 12:51 AM
Hello. I just bought a 1997 Accord recently. I really liked the car but found out after I got it home and already purchased it that it overheatsed. I took it to Honda and they found that my head gasket was blown and I had severe warping of the head, so much so that they recommended a full engine swap. Anyway, ever since I've had this car, the transmission seems to shift at the wrong times.

For example, when coming to a stop you can feel the transmission shift into first after it's supposed to. When going up a hill or coming out of a corner, any throttle makes the gear downshift quickly then go back up to the gear it was in. After I reach the peak of a hill and let off the accelerator, the transmission takes a few seconds to shift up, then another second to shift up again.

A relative of mine has a 95 Accord LX, and it does not do this. It also seems to bump a lot between gears. I had the ATF fluid changed, but I'm not sure the mechanic used Honda ATF. After the change, it seemed a lot better, but then the next day I drove it, it came back. The bump problems only seem to arise when the car is cold. Once I've been driving it for over 30 minutes it goes away. People over at honda-tech seem to think this is normal, but it's really odd to me and I really hope it's not normal because it's really annoying. Other people say it's a throttle cable, shift cable, not having genuine Honda ATF, and one guy said I might even need a rebuild.

Please help? Can anyone give me suggestions on what to do next? I was thinking a full flush and fill with genuine Honda ATF, but should I just take it to Honda and ask them to diagnose it? I'm hoping they'll know what's happening and not cost me a lot of money. I'm a teenager and this is my first car so I don't really have a lot of money to drop after the engine swap set me back $2k.

07-11-2009, 09:06 AM
A drain and refill (don't flush) w/ Honda ATF may help.

I would check for trans code faults (see attach link for instructions). http://techauto.awardspace.com/transmission.html

The download manual on this site (94-97 Accord) will provide instructions on how to adjust the transmission throttle cable. Basically you adjust until trans lever (actuated by cable) and throttle plate begin to move simultaneously. This adjustment is very sensitive and could be cause of your problem, particularly since work may have been done (cylinder head) that would have required removal of throttle body.

good luck

07-11-2009, 08:38 PM
Yeah, with 2k, you can swap in a JDM H22. Best bet is to do a drain and refill like mentioned above to see if it'll help.