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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Honda Civic Possible Shift Control Solenoid Fault
Honda Civic Problem
Drive Trains Affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
Average Mileage: 118,535 mi (11,145 mi - 254,000 mi)
Visitor, 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...
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 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.
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
no drive reverse
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 1997 Honda Civic, Automatic Transmission, 123,000 mi
rough shifting 20 to 40 mph
Visitor, 1997 Honda Civic, Automatic Transmission, 150,000 mi
Harsh shifting between 1_2
Visitor, 2007 Honda Civic, Automatic Transmission, 84,000 mi
Very hard to shift the gear from Parking to Drive
Visitor, 1999 Honda Civic, Automatic Transmission, 150,000 mi
Shifting from 2nd to 3rd takes a long time and a heavy foot.