The shift control solenoid externally mounted on the automatic transmission (non CVT) can fail and causes a harsh 1-2 shift. Replacing the shift solenoid and flushing the transmission with genuine Honda automatic transmission fluid may eliminate harsh shifting characteristics. A broken internal spring can cause the same issue. If the shift control solenoid does not repair the problem, the transmission will have to be replaced.
Harsh Shifting of Automatic Transmission on Honda Civic
Average mileage: 112,559 (140–254,000)
Drive Trains affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
58 people reported this problem
27 people shared problem details
2006 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission78,000Visitor
Seems fine while driving, there is a slight hiccup between shifts 1-2 that wasnt there till recently, as soon as that started i havnt been able to get into the 4th gear...at all, so it shifts to the 3rd, and regardless of what i do it doesnt want to shift any higher. seems to happen fairly often in civics...
2007 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission107,000Visitor
Felt and heard a clunk when shifting between 1st and 2nd gear yesterday. Now it wont shift into 4th gear, stays in third. Also does not seem to downshift properly. So when starting from a stop, feels like still in 3rd gear.
1996 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission109,000Visitor
Won't shift into first and slips and shutters. Then it seems to do fine in the upper gears.
1999 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission150,000Visitor
Shifting from 2nd to 3rd takes a long time and a heavy foot.
1998 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission171,500Visitor
We had severe driving issues and went to a mechanic to have the issue looked into and was inform that we may need to replace the transmission and the he researched and found this same issue with other hondas and he now is going to replace the solenoid to see if that resolves the problem.
1999 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission168Visitor
When i start it at first it shift ok but after awhile when it gets hot the gears won't shift.
I have a 2006 Honda civic that drives but does not shift to the next gear when i have it in drive.I think its stuck in drive low. Also the speedometer is not working.I was told if the speedomter does not work its because the transmission could be stuck in drive.Does anybody had that same problem let me know. email@example.com Thank You, Randall
1997 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission150,000Visitor
Harsh shifting between 1_2
1997 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission123,000Visitor
rough shifting 20 to 40 mph
2007 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission84,000Visitor
Very hard to shift the gear from Parking to Drive
2007 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission108,000Visitor
The engine light came on and a green flashing "D" led also began blinking. The 1st to 2nd shift is harsh and also shifting into reverse is harsh. From what I've been able to find online about this problem is that the Pressure Control Solenoid "C" unit is to blame as the ECM sets a P0970 error code that can't be reset.
2006 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission86,567Visitor
My car is the 5 speed auto. 2006 civic coupe. My automatic transmission is having a hard time shifting from gear to hear specifically 1-2 I have a warranty on my car so I am debating whether to take it is or not I do not want to pay out of pocket for this repair.
2006 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission84,500Visitor
slipping just starting...
1999 Honda Civic- Automatic TransmissionVisitor
hard to shift all the time;if pushing the button on the side of the driver'handle,nothing is changing.
2001 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission120,000Visitor
My tranny seems to not wanna revert into the next gear at 30mph and at 55 I gotta redline it to pop into the next gear I have totally redonne the engine but not the granny I had my friend probe it to find the main computer chip to be faulty,he says the whole wiring and computer system has to be taken apart and replaced in a very careful way and if not done right I might as well junk iit.sometimes he too into the its either gas or electrical to start car and wants nothing to do w never cars,does any one know of a way to reset it back to factory or fix it without dismantling it?
1996 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission160,000Visitor
I have a 96 Honda civic that haves no get up taking off but once it goes its gone ....not sure what to do with it so any opinions besides replacing???
2003 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission140Visitor
Wen im in a stop I first had a problem with acellerating I kinda pushed me back and den got into gear and now is wen I start at a stop and accelerate fast it kinda haves like a 2 jump and I still have the previouse problem
1999 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission160,000Visitor
shifts hard from 1st.to 2nd.
2006 Honda Civic- Automatic Transmission106,000Visitor
Auto transmission clunking on change between 3 & 4th gear. Solenoid replaced
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