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Old 10-27-2008, 03:18 PM
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I would definatly replace the battery, and the coroded battery cables with a new set as the corosion
usually gets deeper into the cable than it looks. At least that will eliminate one posible cause.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:46 PM
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This sounds like the 6th generation tranny death. Be prepared for the worst. I've been through it and am now loving my Scion.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:33 PM
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I would try to extract TCU codes. On earlier models (through 97 at least) some codes did not cause the D4 light to flash. Short service check connector and watch for D4 light to flash code/s. See DIY section for further guidance.

Drain and replace fluid w/ new Honda AT fluid. Too cheap a fix not to try.

You should be able to find a good used trans w/ low miles at reasonable price and have installed. I would guess $1000-$1200 all in. Check for a used trans near your location, go by and inspect for appearance and storage care.

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Old 10-28-2008, 12:04 AM
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Hipkovo, your ATF should be drained and filled with new fluid every 30k miles. A friend of mine had the same symptom last month, we drained and filled it and now it shifts normal.
Mine is a '98 Accord LX 4 cyl auto with 277k miles, ATF was changed 20k 1st time with Honda ATF and every 30k there after. I used Honda ATF in the 1st 100k and thenswitched to Valvoline ATF for high mileage carand did not have any issue.
You can change the ATF yourself, raise the right side of the car where tire is just aboutto barely touch the ground andyou should seethetransmission plug, take out the drain plug (be sure to havesomething to catch the ATF coming out,lower the car until the old ATF is drained-the magnetic plug should be nasty and black with some metal shavings and be sure to clean off,raise the car up again andplug the transmission and lower the car, fill it with new ATF to the appropriate level.

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Old 05-22-2009, 02:44 PM
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It does not sound like tranny death to me either if the fluid is clear and doesn't have a burnt smell.
This may sound weird, but have the alternator checked at an AutoZone or similar parts store (free). A lady at my office had a 2000 EX V6 and her trans was acting fairly similar to what you describe. At first I told her it could be a solenoid, or the trans was toast (because of the infamy.) One day the car died. The dealership told her she needed a new trans. i told her not to let them touch it and to take it to a more trusted mechanic. He checked the alternator (tested bad) replaced it and all the problems went away. The car had a little over 100k on it.

I'm not telling you to replace the alternator - just have it tested for free. You can't beat free diagnosis.
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