Harsh Shifting of Automatic Transmission on Honda Civic

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. 

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Average mileage: 119,791 (140–260,000)
Drive Trains affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
11 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
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2006 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 78,000 mi,
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...
1998 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 105,000 mi,
The transmission will not shift into gear. The problem happened yesterday. The car was driving fine and it suddenly lost power. Initially, the forward gears had no power and the reverse did not work. Now nothing works. What could be the problem?
2007 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 107,000 mi,
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.
1999 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 168 mi,
When i start it at first it shift ok but after awhile when it gets hot the gears won't shift.
1996 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 109,000 mi,
Won't shift into first and slips and shutters. Then it seems to do fine in the upper gears.
1998 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 171,500 mi,
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 Transmission 150,000 mi,
Shifting from 2nd to 3rd takes a long time and a heavy foot.
2006 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 93,000 mi,
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. mrwonderful63@yahoo.com Thank You, Randall
2007 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 108,000 mi,
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.
1997 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 150,000 mi,
Harsh shifting between 1_2
1999 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission
no drive reverse
2007 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 84,000 mi,
Very hard to shift the gear from Parking to Drive
1997 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 123,000 mi,
rough shifting 20 to 40 mph
2001 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 120,000 mi,
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?
1998 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 129,998 mi,
Slips gears, slows down, increase rpm.
2006 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 86,567 mi,
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.
2003 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 140 mi,
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 Transmission 160,000 mi,
shifts hard from 1st.to 2nd.
2006 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission 84,500 mi,
slipping just starting...
1999 Honda Civic - Automatic Transmission
hard to shift all the time;if pushing the button on the side of the driver'handle,nothing is changing.