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Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

I did some searching but couldn't really find anything specific, I listed a couple things from previous threads to check when I go to my mechanic tomorrow.

I have a 2001 Prelude, it isn't SH (auto tranny) so I'm assuming it's base but I'
m not 100% yet. From my understanding auto trans on the Prelude's are notorious for failing, unfortunately I wasn't aware of this when the car was offered to me and it's too late now (sadface).

The jerk occurs when the car goes from 1st to 2nd, not sure if it happens from 2nd to 3rd. I just got the plates on the car and haven't had THAT much time to drive it but it DEFINITELY jerks from 1st to 2nd gear.

Tomorrow I'll be changing the oil, transmission fluid and some other stuff to make sure everything is clean.

If I replace all of the essentials and the problem still occurs where should I check guys? Really don't know what to look for on the Prelude so please post up any possible solutions to this problem.

I absolutely love the car but this jerking is driving me crazy and I can't help but think every time it jerks it's just doing damage to the car.

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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

Start saving for a 5spd swap.

Change your fluid and clean the screens on all the solenoids/sensors on the trans. Don't use the sports shift and drive it like a granny. It might last a little longer til you can do the swap.
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

Is it only jerky in the tiptronic mode? Does it do it even in drive? My trans shifts much stiffer when I shift in tiptronic and much smoother in drive. Is there any delay in shifting? Does it rev while its waiting for 2nd to engage? Thats the first sign that the trans is on its way out. Change the oil to Honda ATF fluid. Clean your solenoid's screens. Also take a look at your motor mounts. Faulty mounts can create a rougher shift.
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

I don't even touch the tiptronic mode, a lot of people tell me to stay away from that because it'll just kill the transmission even further and I take heed to that. Ever since I got the car I haven't even considered moving it anywhere near tiptronic.

There might be a second delay in shifting, it isn't a quick jerk, it like gets ready to shift and BAM the jerk happens so I guess it's like a second or two delay.

I'll look at the motor mounts, I'm writing all of the suggestions down so I can check.

Where can I get the Honda ATF fluid, is it the best for the Prelude?
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

Fluid is at any honda dealership and is the beat for a Honda trans
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

Yeah those are the first signs of it going out. Clean the shift solenoid screens. That will help the most. But start saving for a rebuild or a 5sp swap. You may have any where from 100-10,000 miles left on it. I found that shifting with the tiptronic allowed me to let off a little before the next gear engaged(i had almost a full second of it neutraling out between shifts). That helped it not slam into the next gear due to over revving.
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

stay away from tiptronic, and change your fluid, since its slightly on its way out you can also use a tranny cooler but besides wasting money save up for a swap
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

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Use of the tiptronic (provided you're not being stupid) won't make the trans fail any quicker. I've driven mine on the tip shifter practically every day I've owned the thing (5+yrs) and my gearbox is no less healthy than the other auto H22 I drove a short time ago.

Keep fresh fluid in there (I'm using Honda ATF, every 10,000 km) and be gentle. A trans cooler won't be much use since the factory kindly directed the trans cooler lines through the radiator.
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Use of the tiptronic (provided you're not being stupid) won't make the trans fail any quicker. I've driven mine on the tip shifter practically every day I've owned the thing (5+yrs) and my gearbox is no less healthy than the other auto H22 I drove a short time ago.

Keep fresh fluid in there (I'm using Honda ATF, every 10,000 km) and be gentle. A trans cooler won't be much use since the factory kindly directed the trans cooler lines through the radiator.
Nobody on here knows what that means Brash.. Lol I only know because my speedo is in km too. I forgot you u even had an auto



I'd listen to Brash and change it at around every 6k miles and just be gentle
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Use of the tiptronic (provided you're not being stupid) won't make the trans fail any quicker. I've driven mine on the tip shifter practically every day I've owned the thing (5+yrs) and my gearbox is no less healthy than the other auto H22 I drove a short time ago.
ditto on that. **** i just took it about 30 laps around the hockenheimring in tiptronic mode the hole time. never a problem. i've also done autocrossing in tiptronic mode. just keep fresh fluid in there. i do mine ever 10-15k miles. i should probably do it more frequently. but it doesn't come out burnt..

anywho. how long have you owned it and has it gotten worse of the period of ownership? i've always known honda auto trannies to shift hard from 1st to 2nd. mine has shifted pretty darn hard ever since my mom owned it brand new. and if anything the shift has gotten softer.
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

Well I bought oil yesterday, I got Mobil Super, high mileage.

Protecion for vehicles over 75,000 miles, 5W-30. Is that good to use?

I'm assuming I can only get the Honda oil at...Honda? Or is it like a brand that I can buy so I don't have to drag myself to a Honda Dealer. I apologize if these are stupid question, just curious to know. :X

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yeah that oil is fine. the honda tranny fluid you have to get at honda.
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

I would also only use Honda Power Steering fluid whenever you add fluid to that

I believe that Hondas ps fluid is different than regular ps fluid and I've heard that regular ps fluid might cause premature failure.. It's pretty cheap so u might as well get Hondas
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My dad is hellbent on using this transmission fluid our mechanics orders, he says it works miracles lol. But I should really go for the Honda right? I'll probably push for that.
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

Yeah I just ordered a case of 25 liter bottles of Honda ATF fluid last week. It was only around $60 including shipping. I have never used anything but the triptronic on my 98 and still haven't had any tranny problems. I change the fluid every 10K but she does only have 67K on her. But definitely stick with the Honda ATF.
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Re: Jerky Auto Transmission - 2001 Prelude

same thing is happening to my 01 . 1-2nd it kicks, then 2nd-3rd it kicks. 3-4 is fine tho. im an idiot and didnt listen to everyone sayin not to push the car in tronics. i wanted to turbo it and i was wondering how much a manual tranny with the clutch and the cables and everything would be. is it worth it? or should i just get another auto tranny? plz helpp
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