1992 honda accord AT shifts late.... why?

Discussion in 'Accord' started by tor, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. tor

    tor Guest

    My friends 1992 accord automatic is slow to shift into the next gear.
    If I drive like a rocket, it is fine, but if I drive like a granny it
    races the motor and eventually shifts into the next gear when you get
    going fast enough.

    Is there a vaccum sensor that could be malfunctioning, or could someone
    have put in a "racing chip" in the computer? I don't know, I just

    Has anyone experienced this?


    tor, Oct 26, 2005
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    Since auto trannies run on ATF, that would be the first question to help
    him figure out . . What's the vehicle's mileage? Is it full enough, and
    what's the color / smell like? What's the mileage since it was last
    replaced, and was HONDA fluid used? Is it overdue? Does it presently
    shift HARD, or smoothly?

    'Curly Q. Links', Oct 26, 2005
  3. tor

    StoneyStude Guest

    What's the deal with "Was it Honda fluid"?
    StoneyStude, Oct 26, 2005
  4. StoneyStude wrote:

    If non-honda fluid has been used, the tranny could be 'toast' by now.
    It's been covered a million times. Honda trannies are designed to run on
    Honda Z1. The manual says you can use dexron as an 'emergency
    replacement', but that's if you are in a town where Z1 isn't available.
    You can't expect to troubleshoot a tranny without making sure you've
    answered the questions I asked.

    Is there a problem with that? You seem to want to skip the most
    important point for some reason . . .

    'Curly Q. Links', Oct 26, 2005
  5. tor

    tor Guest

    I am the original poster, and I do not know of its level. It has 88,000
    miles and it does shift hard. I will check the level/smell and report


    tor, Oct 26, 2005

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    Don't bother with the sniff test . . If it's shifting hard, you need to
    get it changed with Honda Z1, at least twice. Preferably a couple days
    apart so you can catch the maximum amount of metal filings on the
    magnet, and to scrape any buildup from the clutch faces. Somebody has
    put the wrong stuff in there. It may not be too late. It's an easy DIY
    job, if your friend is up for it. I'd drive it hard between the first
    and second change . . . . And I'd do it a third time since it has a
    foreign lube in there.

    'Curly Q. Links', Oct 27, 2005
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