Signs & Symptoms of Honda Civic Transmission Problems

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Honda has been experiencing transmission problems with its Civic models made in the early 2000s, with the worst being in cars made in 2001. Honda will usually repair any transmission problem dealing with its models, so it is important to call your local dealer at the sign of any issue.

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The engine will rev up but the car won't shift into gear or go anywhere. The car also could downshift slower than normal, causing bursts of speed in some cases.


A serious symptom of a poor transmission is that the car will hesitate or won't back up at all when put in reverse.


Check the RPM (revolutions per minute) of your vehicle. If the RPMs surpass 3,500, then your transmission has most likely begun slipping.

Colour of Fluid

The colour of normal, clean transmission fluid is red. When the transmission is slipping, the colour of the fluid usually changes to a brownish colour.

Service Light

The service light on the dashboard could indicate that the transmission is working too hard and is overheating. This may be due to a more serious problem with the transmission. If the other symptoms of transmission problems are present and the service light comes on, get the Civic checked out immediately.

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