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Hello I have a 1996 Honda Accord EX, with 167,000 miles. My problem is that in first and second gears, the car chokes as in the gears does not go through their full cycle. from third to fifth gear it is fine. Help Terrie

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Theresa, By your description it seems you may have a "hard" shift in your top end gears, you should have your drive train inspected by a specialist to confirm your drivability concerns.

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hello Theresa, Is your car a manual or automatic transmission? At 167,000 miles, have you had any service to your transmission? If possible, take a look at the fluid. That can give you an indication as to what is going on inside the unit. Is the fluid at the proper level? Does it have a foul scent? What color is it? Once you gather this info, bring it into a shop (askpatty.com has great ones) and have them road test your car and take a look at the fluid. Audra (the auto-motivator)

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Theresa- the transmission is computer controlled-most likely the problem is either with the computer or the shift control solenoids - if the fluid smells burnt there maybe issues with the internal transmission parts- hope this helps - thanks Super Girls Auto.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Terrie.. My first inclination: the Transmission is the problem, and on the onset...Honda tranny*s are very particular with their fluids and you may want to have it flushed and then (synthetic oil) put back in.... Well, it*s the easy fix and I hope it solves the problem. Since these don*t have external parts/controls...and if the flush isn*t the solution~ You will be looking at a replacement of the Transmission, new or used. These are plentiful in the industry and a reputable used tranny dealer can assist you...these do come with a guarantee. (Most come with a 12 mo/12,000 mile warranty.) Hope it*s only the Flush!

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