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Old 06-06-2011, 05:34 PM
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Options for a failing transmission

The auto 98 prelude base model that I bought slips a lot when shifting from 1->2 and 2->3 My mechanic pulled 2 codes off the CEL and they show as two solenoids.

I understand there is a transmission failure guide, but I already know that it's failing (description for those who want it: it does not make the sounds as described in the guide, but when I accelerate to 3k-ish, it will shift into neutral, hang for a bit, then rev up to 4k, then engage harshly and drop back down in RPM. it shifts smoother if I let off the gas while it's shifting...I have done a tranny fluid flush, and it did nothing)

I have a couple of options. i was wondering what the best options were...

1) I scrapped my last car (95 accord) but my mechaninc kept my transmission, he said it will bolt on, and I know its still good, but will I lose tiptronic? is it controlled by the ECU or the tranny?

2) I saw a 2000 SE manual transmission (200k km) on craigslist, JUST the tranny. the guy was selling it for 250$. my mechanic has all the other parts including the ECU and cables (minus the pedals) for the swap

3) My mechanic also said he could get me a manual accord tranny with a warentee for about 250$, and that I would get better gas milage at the expense of acceleration.

I do a lot of driving (my '98 currently has 318900km on it) so im thinking maybe option 3.

what are your thoughts/suggestions on the matter?
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Re: Options for a failing transmission

5 spd swap.
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5 spd swap.


But make sure you run an h22 ECU and you get an H22 trans. No accord tranny or the such, otherwise you will fall out of vtec at the end of your gearing, especially in the taller gears (4 & 5)

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Yea....my car was doing that when I was AUTO. Turns out my transmission module inside the tranny was worn and that the gears inside were grinded as fukk bc after doin the 5spd swap we took the tranny drain bolt off and the magnetic bolt had so much metal shavings I was like !!!

On top of that my motor was going too!!! The crank shaft key was half shredded n barely holding onto the crank pulley. The pulley teeth in the center holding the crank shaft was rubbed off n wobbling from time to time!!!

That's where I decided to search and went from...

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Re: Options for a failing transmission

My mechanic just gave me a BOM, and has quoted me about 1k in parts alone, I thought a swap would cost about 500$ :S

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But make sure you run an h22 ECU and you get an H22 trans. No accord tranny or the such, otherwise you will fall out of vtec at the end of your gearing, especially in the taller gears (4 & 5)

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The thing is, my mechanic told me if I wanted the h22, to go for it, but if it was him he'd put in the accord manual tranny. on top of that, everyone of my friends has said accord tranny with the exception of 2 people, you, and someone that suggested I swap in a h22 tranny, but change gear 5 to an accord gear (is that even possible, or is he talking outta his ass?) honestly, I don't push my car hard, I haven't even hit vtec yet. I'd rather go for fuel economy, like i said, my car has 319k on the clock, and I drive a lot to work, so i'd rather have that, and i hear the loss in performance is not much, unless I want to take it to the track.

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Yea....my car was doing that when I was AUTO. Turns out my transmission module inside the tranny was worn and that the gears inside were grinded as fukk bc after doin the 5spd swap we took the tranny drain bolt off and the magnetic bolt had so much metal shavings I was like !!!

On top of that my motor was going too!!! The crank shaft key was half shredded n barely holding onto the crank pulley. The pulley teeth in the center holding the crank shaft was rubbed off n wobbling from time to time!!!

That's where I decided to search and went from...

USDM --> JDM H22a

AUTO --> 5SPD
if you don't mind me asking, how much in parts and install did it cost you?
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Re: Options for a failing transmission

1000 for a swap and all the parts is not bad...
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The thing is, my mechanic told me if I wanted the h22, to go for it, but if it was him he'd put in the accord manual tranny. on top of that, everyone of my friends has said accord tranny with the exception of 2 people, you, and someone that suggested I swap in a h22 tranny, but change gear 5 to an accord gear (is that even possible, or is he talking outta his ass?) honestly, I don't push my car hard, I haven't even hit vtec yet. I'd rather go for fuel economy, like i said, my car has 319k on the clock, and I drive a lot to work, so i'd rather have that, and i hear the loss in performance is not much, unless I want to take it to the track.
Yes its possible.

You won't miss Vtec until you don't have it any longer. If your vehicle has ever been over 5k rpms you've most likely been in vtec (you've never passed anyone?)

With the taller gearing you will have a loss of performance. Taller gearing = More top end, less low end. So from a dead stop you'll have a bit of a slug, on the top end it'll keep your RPMs down. That's your decision though, but I'd keep it OEM. You never know when you'll want that power back. Once its in, I can guarantee you aint getting it changed back out. That's a good chunk of money.
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If you can get the auto to work as it was originally designed to work ,I think the car can be a ball to drive because the sport shift is not a bad idea and because the Prelude is a drivers car.People who think you need a 5 speed to go fast probably need to improve their driving skills and stop using their drive train as an excuse in my opinion. You should read this very informative article in the link below about 2 companies that rebuild these SS auto transmissions and even warranty them for 50k miles .Save yourself a lot of automotive drama and leave the re-engineering to the engineers.

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If you can get the auto to work as it was originally designed to work ,I think the car can be a ball to drive because the sport shift is not a bad idea and because the Prelude is a drivers car.People who think you need a 5 speed to go fast probably need to improve their driving skills and stop using their drive train as an excuse in my opinion. You should read this very informative article in the link below about 2 companies that rebuild these SS auto transmissions and even warranty them for 50k miles .Save yourself a lot of automotive drama and leave the re-engineering to the engineers.

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who wants to buy a new transmission, or pay to have it rebuilt every 50,000 miles? seriously man, you give the absolute worst advice.
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People who think you need a 5 speed to go fast probably need to improve their driving skills and stop using their drive train as an excuse in my opinion.
you dont NEED one to go faster, but it does put more power to the ground, also dyno proven
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