Honda Civic Transmission Acting Up

Hello I have a 2002 Honda Civic hx manual transmission that has been giving me some problems. If I don’t shift the gears early it will sputter and Jerk. Also it will not go over 60 mph or it will do the same thing.

Answer: It sounds like your Honda has an engine problem not a transmission problem.

The engine sputtering and jerking is usually caused by an ignition problem. Possible bad spark plugs, spark plug wires or an ignition coil breaking down. Under heavy engine load, the ignition system is stressed. Corrosion on plug wires, worn plugs or weak coil will cause misfires. I would suggest the first thing to do is get a complete tune-up and have the computer scanned for any stored codes.

If that does not help, the next things i would look at are a plugged catalytic converter or low fuel pressure. Both of these things can cause engine misfire, lack of power and engine not able to rev high enough.

Low fuel pressure can be caused by a plugged fuel filter or a weak fuel pump.

A plugged catalytic converter can be just because is has a lot of miles on it or something else caused it to fail. common causes are en engine with a misfire so raw unburned gas is burning inside the converter with melts the chemicals inside. There is a backpressure test that can be done to check for a plugged catalytic converter on your Honda.


Honda CRV Grinding Noise

I am getting a grinding noise only if I accelerate in reverse. Idling in reverse no noise, as soon as I touch the gas the grinding begins. I also get that same noise seldom when I make a tight right turn. It sounds like the noise is coming from the front drivers side wheel area.

I read online I might just need to change the rear differential fluid or maybe the transmission fluid?

I would really like to do this myself if possible. Thanks!

Answer: This sounds like an engine or transmission mount problem. When hitting the gas, the torque of the engine tries to make the engine / transmission assembly rock one direction or the other. One way in drive, the other way in reverse.  Engine and transmission mounts prevent this. If one is worn or broken, the engine and trans. will move and can cause this noise. The vibration of the engine or exhaust on the frame is one possibility.

Put the car in gear, foot on the brake firmly, and snap the gas pedal a few times. Do this in reverse also. Have someone under the hood watching things move. If there is more movement in reverse then drive, you have a bad mount.


Leave comments below or see these