After my 95 Civic warms up it stops shifting or engaging all together

Tiny
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  • 1995 HONDA CIVIC
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After it sits a while it go's again, but repeats. Can someone help?My 95 Honda civic is giving me problems, more-less the trans. It runs fine when its cold, but after it gets warm it wont "go" anymore. Its like its not engaging anymore. I have heard all things from the shift solenoids to the tcm. Can someone please shed some light? Thanks.

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 AT 10:51 PM

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Tiny
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Sounds as it the transmission is slipping badly, I would go get it checked over by a trans specialist, short of checking that the oil is full clean and not burnt, not a lot more that you can do at home with this problem.

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 AT 10:55 PM
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Should I change the fluid and try the brake fluid trick?

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 AT 11:07 PM
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You can try changing the fluid and filter and see what happens-won't hurt to try

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 AT 11:18 PM
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What would cause it to slip, torque conv?

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 AT 1:00 AM
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Check the transmission fluid condition and level first.
Low transmisison fluid level can cause the problem.

Drain out some fluid and check for debris. If any found, the strainer is clogged and the trans is due for retirement.

Filter (strainer ) is inside the trans and can only be accessed byt stripping the transmission.

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 AT 2:52 PM
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And if the fluid and filter are fresh and new, then would I look at the torque converter?

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 AT 3:01 PM
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Though the torque converter is possible but I have yet to see any fail yet.

Most probably there is an internal pressure leak and if you wish to diagnose, getting the oil pressure readings would be the first thing you need to do when it fails to engage.

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 AT 3:18 PM
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So, then would it be safe to say, that it would probably be in my wallets best intrest to just get a used one or refurbed, and save time & $?

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 AT 3:22 PM
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Yes, that would be the best way to go about.

This transmission does not use shift solenoids so it is not likely to be solenoid faults.

Shifting is mechanical with only one control valve and that is for the torque converter lock-up.

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 AT 5:31 PM
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Right on. Thanks for your time and brain, bro.

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 10:31 PM
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Actually, I have one more, it started whinding real bad like maybe the starter or the flywheel or maybee even the dustributer was dragging or rubbing like?

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 10:35 PM
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Where is the noise coming from?

A bearing inside the distributor is known to fail quite commonly and that ould be the cause if the noise is from there.

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Friday, June 15th, 2012 AT 5:16 PM
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Sounds more like as if the starter hasn't pulled back ll the way, sort of, like a corner of a playing card in the spokes, now what I meen?

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Friday, June 15th, 2012 AT 5:22 PM
Tiny
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But a high, whinnig pitch

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Friday, June 15th, 2012 AT 5:24 PM
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Get a rubber hose and place it near to where it is coming from to locate the exact source. Of course you need to place one end to one of your ear. Lol

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