I recently purchased a 1985 Accord. It has 186K on it. Other than the normal maintainance stuff (oil, change all filters and fluids), and the timing belt/water pump, what else should I check/change? It runs strong, but the clutch slips a little when you let off the gas and get back on it. Periodically you can hear it slip when it is in fifth gear, and it likes to slip out of fourth after about ten seconds. Feels like the clutch, not the tranny. Would trying to tighten the clutch get me a few more months? Any advice would be appreciated!
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The fluid is not your problem.. you can change it without creating any problems.. at the same time change your trans oil filter.. when you take the pan off the amount of metal in it will give you an indication of the condition of your trans. Some metal is common.. lots of metal tells you a problem is comning. A certain amount is common because the trans clutches (the black stuff) and metals (silver stuff) wear as they are used. I think your truck.. C6 trans has a Modulator on it.. check that and check the vac line going to it.. Check to see if it has a pressure controll coming from the throttle valve.. C6 is one of the best trans ever produced.. (in my opinion)
My car is RX300 1999 and has the same problem. I changed the fluid 2 years ago after the trans slip and lost the shift. Afterwards it worked for another 2 years. But recently it doesn't work again even I change fluid and put Stop Slip additive to the trans. I was told the trans has to be rebuilt. So changing fluid and filter can help to maintain the trans for sure and can prevent problem. But if the trans has already worn a lot, it can't help at last.
This fooled me for a little while, as I'm not familiar with the car. Actually what you are seeing is a maintainence message that tells you first, that you need to perform a maintainence type A or B. Then it tells you what maintainence sub items you also need to perform.
So, what you are being told is perform maintainence B and perform sub items 1, 2 and 5
MAINTAINENCE A CHECKLIST: Replace engine oil
MAINTAINENCE B CHECKLIST: Replace engine oil and filter Inspect front & rear brakes Inspect parking brake & adjustment Inspect Tie rod ends, steering box & boots Inspect suspension components Inspect Driveshaft boots Inspect brake hoses and lines including ABS Inspect All fluid levels and conditions of fluid Inspect Exhaust system Inspect Fuel lines & connections
SUB ITEMS CHECK LIST 1: Rotate Tyres
2: Replace air cleaner element (Every 15,000 miles in dusty conditions) Replace dust & pollen filter (Urban areas with high concentrations of soot, replace every 15,00 miles) Inspect Drive belt
3: Replace Transmission Fluid
4: Replace Spark plugs Replace Timing Belt Inspect Water Pump (V6 Engines only) - If regular extreme conditions over 110 degrees f or under -20 degrees F, replace every 60,000 miles Inspect Valve Clearance
1. Engine oil and filter 2. Transmission oil and maybe filter 3. Valve train adjustment 4. New belts for alternator, power steering, air conditioning
I would have the brake fluid changed every two years to remove moisture and prevent rust. I also change the power steering fluid.
Be sure that genuine Honda transmission fluid is used or else the shifting may become wierd. Don't let the shop use ordinary Dexron with an additive like Lubeguard because it won't be the same.
Some shops may also recommend a new timing belt at 60K, although Hondas now require the change only at 90K. If the water pump is driven by this belt, get it replaced as well because when a pump siezes it will snap the belt.
It means it's time for service---- to change engine oil -- check air filter and various maintence stuff--- if you have the owners manual it will show you what service to perfoam and to log it in the service book.
Also has intructions in the owners manual as to how to reset the service warning light-- kind of tricky but once you get it it's pretty simple.
Consult your owners manual for the type of fuild to be used, don't recall if Honda bothered to put a drain plug on the transmission, most vehicle manufacturers do not! This will mean removal of the bottom pan from the tranny, of course prior to doing this purchase a replacment gasket and filter for the vehicle also have an adequeate quantity of fuild to prour back usually no more then 6 quarts is required, expect it to be less. Have a containor sufficient to hold that volume. Normally without a drain plug you would start loosening all the bolts holding the pan, only slightly, then select the corner that is simplest to reach and put your drian pan under it, this may require raising the vehicle off the ground and placing it on jack stands, unless you have access to a vehicle lift, loosen and/or remove the bolts in that corner till the fuilds drain into the holding pan, don't attempt this on a HOT vehicle, the fuild can be several hundred degrees and burns are possible. After you have drained the fuild, remove the pan, then remove the filter. Install a new filter and replace the gasket, some additional adhesive helps to make the new gasket stick to the pan, talk to the counter person where you buy the filter and gasket, they will recoomend something the can also tell you the quanity and type of fluid to use. If you lack the equipment to do all this then a local transmission shop will usualy have a fluid change special and they get dirty and dispose of the old fuild for you!
I have experienced problems w/ cars that have sat unused for some time, Here's what to expect: The gas can be a major problem. Gas can go bad after several months, although I have had vehicles sit for a year, and they started and ran fine, hopefully you will have the same luck that I did. If it goes bad, it gets gummy, and clogs up the carb or injectors. Next thing to consider is the brake system. Fluid should probably be flushed throughout the entire system. It's common for brakes to 'drag' after sitting for long periods, especially if brake fluid hasn't been changed in a long time. You may find that brake calipers or brake cylinders are seized up and need to be replaced/rebuilt. Other than that, change the oil and filter, also the air filter, (check for mouse nests in the air filter ) and once it's up and running, change trans fluid (is it auto or stick?). 60k, WOW, what a car! Good luck! Curt
If unit has been neglected, my first thought is serves you right! Maintaining this stuff is essential. That being said, change the fluid and filter. Use a container of Lucas transmission additive, along with the new oil. Do not expect a miracle. If it does help, change the fluid again in about two weeks. You don't have to drop pan if it has a drain plug when changing the second time. Put additive in on both changes! Likely you have a bad varnish buildup on the insides of the valve body.. you must be a really good tech to take one apart to clean it, so do not even think about it!!! Most shops do not advise changing fluid on neglected units but, if it already is malfunctioning you have everything to gain and nothing to loose at this point! Good luck