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Honda Civic Transmission Crisis

Q. I would appreciate any info you could give me about a 1997 Honda Civic transmission crisis we just had. Daughters car, bought new 1997, 49,000 miles, automatic transmission. Just started vibration/slipping on initial start from a dead start. Honda dealer says simply, it will cost $4,000.00 to $5,000.00 for a remanufactured transmission.

Honda Civic Transmission Crisis

I just found a Honda technical bulletin that describes replacing the fluid and a linear solenoid. How would you advise us? At this point, I don't know if the dealer is just trying to make a large profit on a transmission R&R.

Salinas, Ca.

A. I think this is the TSB you are referring to:

TSB Number: 00-012
Date: June 20, 2000

Applies To:
1996-00 Civic - See VEHICLES AFFECTED

Harsh Shifting Automatic Transmission
(Supersedes 00-012, dated April 4, 2000)

The transmission shifts harshly, or it may stay in first gear. The MIL may be on with DTC P0730 or P0715 stored.

Contamination of the linear solenoid and its associated passages inside the transmission.

1996-99 Civic - All with A/T (except HX with CVT)

2000 Civic:
4-door DX, LX - From VIN 1HGEJ6...YL000001 thru 1HGEJ6...YL019847
4-door EX - From VIN 1HGEJ8...YL000001 thru 1HGEJ8...YL020169
4-door EX - From VIN 2HGEJ8...YH500001 thru 2HGEJ8...YH522686
2-door DX - From VIN 1HGEJ6...YL000001 thru 1HGEJ6...YL025993
2-door EX - From VIN 1HGEJ8...YL000001 thru 1HGEJ8...YL026389
3-door CX, DX - From VIN 2HGEJ6...YH100001 thru 2HGEJ6...YH1025571997-99 CR-V - All

Flush the transmission with Genuine Honda ATF, then replace the linear solenoid.

Linear Solenoid Assembly:P/N 28250-P4R-315, H/C 5317219

*Drain Bolt Washer: P/N 90471-PX4-000, H/C 3300936*

In warranty:
The normal warranty applies.

Out of warranty:
Any repair performed after warranty expiration may be eligible for goodwill consideration by the District Service Manager or your Zone Office. You must request consideration, and get a decision, before starting work.

You know what I would do? If you car falls inside the affected VIN numbers, I'd try it. If it works you saved yourself the cost of another transmission. If it doesn't work, well you rolled the dice and came up snake eyes.

FIY a Linear Solenoid is $142.55.

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