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How to troubleshoot the automatic transmission on a 2001 Honda Civic

How to troubleshoot the automatic transmission on a 2001 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is a popular Japanese car that has a minimum of problems with proper care. Still, it is likely that at some point in the life of the vehicle some work will be required on the transmission. This little guide will tell you how to troubleshoot your Honda Civic automatic transmission at home so you can identify the problem yourself and decide what steps a mechanic should take to correct the problem. It should take you about half an hour to complete this task.

Watch for fluid leaks. A deep red fluid means the car is losing transmission fluid. The leak may be from the main sealant or it may be leaking from the transmission case. Check under your vehicle to find out what is not working properly.

Check the transmission fluid for a brownish color or a burning smell

If this is the case, the fluid has been burning. This normally happens due to low transmission fluid, but there may be other reasons.

Start the car and drive in 3rd or 4th gear to see whether or not the car can slow down while the accelerator is being pressed. If you can’t, then the throttle valve cable needs to be adjusted.

Test if the car starts in any gear other than Neutral or “Parking”. If it does, you have a bad ignition switch.

Check for gear slippage in the transmission, if the shifts are rough, or if you can’t drive forward or in reverse. In this case, there may be low fluid levels. It can also mean that the gears are failing within the transmission. Solve this problem by maintaining the proper fluid level and maintaining it all the time.

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