1996 Honda Acura 3.5 RL Hard Transmission Shift From 1st to 2nd gears

John’s question:

I have a 96 Acura 3.5 RL with only 74K miles on it. While back I noticed a hard shift between the 1st and the 2nd gear.At the dealer ship they told me to do a transmission flush which i did and it ran fine for a few months. But now iam noticing the same problem poppin up. What should i do? Please help!!I love Your site.


Personally, I would live with it. That first to second hard shift is pretty typical as those Acuras age. Since the transmission is pretty much a motorcycle style (Honda) unit, it must be removed from the vehicle to do any serious repair work. Acura does have kits that repair that poor shift, but due to its age a total rebuild would probably be a wise move. Most guys charge between 2800 and 3500 dollars to do that. If you baby the first to second shifts by not accelerating too harshly, it can last for quite some time. I have customers that have been driving them that way for years if they continue to baby the tranny on that shift.

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