Car Questions
RepairPal is your advocate for car care advice and guidance

Transmission questions

(1990 Honda Accord)
in Jackson, MS on March 09, 2011
My "S" light flashing my transmission well not change gears but I have to change gears at stick to drive
Ask a Question
Displaying 1 answer & 0 comments
Popular Answer
on March 09, 2011
My 1990 Accord (Automatic) The "S" light flashes telling me there is a poblem with the trans. But also the speedometer does not work, The engine light comes on. I checked the ECU codes and it flashes 17 (speed sensor) The Haynes manual says to take it to a dealer to have the sensor chacked. Can these problems be related? And do I have to go to a Honda dealer or can a regular garage check the speed sensor? I bought the car used It came like this.They said they changed the speedometer and it did not.
What you are expierencing is a very common problem on your car. You have a bad speed sensor. It sits on top of the trans. If you check my archives, I explain how to replace it in detail. And yes, the S light flashing and the speedo not working are related.
If you can't replace it yourself, any garage should not have a problem doing it for you.
Good luck.


Question Details Asked:Apr 14, 2009 - 03:33 PMStatus:Closed
cjohn40 90 Honda Accord. Automatic transmission starts out in 3rd gear. Sport light stays on at all times. Buzzing noise from under dash.90 Accord, auto. trans. starts out in 3rd gear. Sport light stays on at all times. Buzzing noise from under dash, goes away with brake pedal application.

Transmission shifts normal when done manually.
In Maintenance & Repair > Transmission > Automatic
In Makes & Models > Honda > Accord
3 answers - 682 days ago
Answer This Question
Watch this Question | Email to a FriendReport It

Note: Per our Visitor Agreement, does not guarantee the accuracy of any answers. We recommend that you use common sense when following any advice found here. Voted Best Answer

3:30 pm PST
disconnected trans. control module, then reconnected, problem went away, vehicle now operates properly. probably could have unhooked battery and done the same thing. If problem comes back Im gonna replace the module.

(1)(0)Report It


11:03 pm PST
Edit Answer (for another -33 minute)
I don't know what the sport light is but the buzz could be indicating that it is on. I don't know why the brake pedal would effect it.

(0)(0) Report It


6:19 am PST
Edit Answer (for another -17 minute)
I suspect the transmission computer is fried, not the transmission itself. Black spots on the curcuit boards inside would confirm this. The buzzing is probably unrelated, and could be a sticking relay.

Sign in to reply
Get a repair estimate
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 2,000 quality certified locations nationwide.
Or interested in getting a repair? Find a Shop

Similar Questions

View answers to similar questions from RepairPal's community of auto experts and enthusiasts.
There is a bolt positioned on top of the transmission, that does not seem to hold anything together. i would like to ...
my car shutters when taking off from a stop then after a week or so with the engine light on and ima light on althou...
Didn't find what you were looking for?