Automatic Transmission shifting Problems

Tiny
EGV64
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  • 1999 HONDA CIVIC
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  • FWD
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  • 40,000 MILES
Hi, my car is shifting from 1th to second gear and from 2th to 3er (Mainly) is shifting hard (Some times harder that others) is not Smooth like is supposed to be. I think the Car is delaying the shift for some reason. What are the Steps that a should take in order to fix this problem?
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Thursday, August 21st, 2008 AT 8:52 AM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi egv64,

Does the D4 light blink while driving? Did the Check Engine Light show? It sounds like you need a input shaft speed sensor here is a video to show you how.

https://youtu.be/f3bETtCIdxM

Please run down this guide and report back.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2008 AT 11:11 AM
Tiny
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1) No, the D4 ligth does not blink
2) No, the Check Engine Light did not show
3)and Sorry I am not sure what is the ATF
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Thursday, August 21st, 2008 AT 3:22 PM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi egv64,

ATF = Auto trans fluid.

Since no error codes are showing, the fluid condition is the first thing to check, not just the level.

I would suggest getting the vehicle on a diagnostic to get the operations/functioning data of the vehicle while running.

Most likely problems would be from the engine performance and Throttle Position Sensor and O2 sensor are 2 likely sources. Did you check the spark plugs?
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Thursday, August 21st, 2008 AT 7:14 PM
Tiny
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Hi, no I did not check the spark Plug, Should I? Why?
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Friday, August 22nd, 2008 AT 8:10 AM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Engine performnance would affect the gear shifting.
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Friday, August 22nd, 2008 AT 8:55 AM
Tiny
TONY GUERRERO
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  • 1999 HONDA CIVIC
  • 1.6L
  • 4 CYL
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  • AUTOMATIC
  • 155,000 MILES
My car will not Shift correctly and the D4 Indicator on my dashboard is also on.

Here is what happened:

I hit a deer on my way to work, car was drive-able back home (31.7 Miles)

During the ride home the D4 Indicator on the Dashboard was blinking, so I went 30 MPH the entire way home trying to go as easy as possible on the car and transmission.

The next morning surveying the damage seemed like just the radiator got bent up a little bit as well some obvious body damage.

After fixing up the body, went to drive the car and the D4 Indicator Light was still on as well as the Check Engine Light (Which was on previously).

After some troubleshooting, it was decided to get a replacement transmission, which we got from a local salvage yard (the guy said it was from a working 1999 Civic).

Swapped in new transmission, checked and flushed all fluids, the D4 Indicator was still on.

So more troubleshooting, which two Honda techs said it sounds like it was the ECU (ECM) so I went back to local salvage yard and got the ECU from the exact same car (same part number's)

Got the new ECM installed, and programmed to my car.

D4 Indicator Light still blinking, and car is still not shifting.

Any help please!
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
HMAC300
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If you hit a deer and it was not on previously and did the work like PCM I would think that maybe a wire is pinched or shorted out. I am sending which wires to check for shorts from PCM. See picture.
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
TONY GUERRERO
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Original Poster here, just want to give ya a bit of an update:

The D4 Light is still blinking, but my buddy has a video of what the car is doing!
https://www.facebook.com/mikejv/videos/10206350341028113/
Not sure if it is set to public or not though.
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
TONY GUERRERO
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Correction, here is an accessible link for the video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iQvm_mTvHE
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Just to add to this one I know you said that the check engine light was on before. But why not check and see what the exact code numbers are to see if it could lead you to your new problem? I am sure it set a code if the d4 light is flashing.
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Scan for codes like Saturn tech said it may be something else causing this.
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
FENIX0R
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  • 1.8L
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  • 150,000 MILES
Hi,

i got a 99 civic automatic with 150k mileage. Way back before I noticed this problem and went to a mechanic and he said that its normal to all civic that every time it shifts gear, it feels like someone hit you from behind because of the kick. Now, its getting bad. Its not shifting right. For my first gear to 2nd I need to press the pedal really hard for it to switch. My RPM is getting really high. It needs to be like around 45mph before it switches to 3rd gear and for that it consumes alot of gas. This all started when I got a check engine on and I believe number 1 and 2 sensors are dmgd blah2x. Is it my computer that got a problem? Or is it my transmission? If so, how much does it takes to fix it? Thanx!
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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That isn't normal for the transmission to act that way. Since the transmission acted funny when the light came on, it sounds like something electronic. Did you have the computer scanned?
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
TONY GUERRERO
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Will post the codes as soon as I have them handy.
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Yea I did. And it said number 1 and 2 and a manufacturer model blah2x. So does that mean its my computer? Can I repair it? If not can I buy a used one?
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Okay, sounds good.
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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I have to be honest. I don't recognize the codes you mentioned. Was there anything that was started with a letter and then had a 4 digit number?
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
TONY GUERRERO
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The Codes are as follows:

P1298
P1768

Those are the codes as far as I know.
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
Tiny
HMAC300
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The 1298 is too much voltage going to electrical load detector and should really be checked by a profession, but I have sent instructions on how to check it. The other is linear solenoid and there are three different transmissions in this car, two are pretty much the same, but other is a CVT transmission, which has cording to codes you do not have. I have sent instructions for that as well which is a short in wiring if fuse is not blown (15).
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Sunday, November 17th, 2019 AT 10:55 AM (Merged)
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POUMPURP
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Hello I seem to have a problem with my 99 Honda Civic, I had motor problems and I replaced the motor with a 96 Honda Civic motor, both of the motors are D16Y7 but I have the 96 motor installed. There seems to be a few problems with my Automatic Transmission, before the swap I had no problems with the transmission but now it acts up. My D4 Light is blinking, when I take my car out Park to other postions it jerks pretty hard, and when I try to drive my car it does not shift automatically when driving it stays on the first Automatic gear. Linear Solenoid is brand new OEM and I replaced the other solenoids. What could be the problem?
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