2003 Honda Accord Transmission wear

Tiny
MANUCIDOO
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  • 2003 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 137,000 MILES
When stopping on red lights or stopping for more than 1 minute I generally put my car into the parking (P) position. My belief is that by doing so I am not putting unnecessary stress on the clutch plates or transmission of my car as I have to press on brakes when engine is running so that the car does not move. My question -Is this a good practice to follow or I am just having a myth and wearing out my gear shifter rod !

Or take it this way-

Keeping the brakes pressed with engine running while the car is in stop position, does this wear out the clutch or the transmission?
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Monday, February 1st, 2010 AT 6:13 AM

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Tiny
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Hi manucidoo,

This has always been a hotly debated question.

There are 2 ways about it.

If the engine idling speed is correct and not too high, there would be minimal wear on the clutches if you leave the trans in gear for a short period of time.

Shifting out of gears would cause more damage at the point of clutches engagement when shifting in than leaving it in drive.

If you wish to shift out, leaving in N with handbrakes applied would be more sensible as you need not move across the reverse range.

If the waiting period is prolonged, then keeping the trans in P or N would be a better choice.
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 AT 1:06 PM
Tiny
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Hello Bob

Thanks a lot for clearing out the confusion in my mind. I am grateful to you

Thanks again

Aman
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 AT 3:36 PM
Tiny
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You are welcomed and glad to be of service.

Have a great day.
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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 AT 8:21 AM

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