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#24 of 143 Shift Lock Release on 1996 Honda Accord
Jan 24, 2008 (9:53 pm)
Can anyone tell me some of the possible causes of the Shift Lock? And perhaps how much money it might cost to repair "whatever".
Have had to use my key in the shift lock release 2 times today. Strange thing is that just last week we had the transmission flushed. Was running great until today. I know very little about Hondas or most cars - so an elementary explanation would be greatly appreciated!
The owner's manual said that if I've had to use the Release button - it probably means that something is needing a "Honda Dealer's" attention.
Thanks for anyone's help!!
#25 of 143 Re: Shift Lock Release on 1996 Honda Accord [jannallen]
Jan 24, 2008 (10:40 pm)
Probably caused by the Brake Pedal Position Switch (located near the brake pedal arm). This switch also activates the brake lights, so if the brake lights are not working right, the switch is the problem. When you press the brake pedal you should hear a click sound (has to be quiet) inside the console. The clicking sound is the solenoid releasing the shift lever, which is activated by the brake switch. How much a shop would charge to fix this depends on if the switch has to be replaced or adjusted, and how much they decide to rip you off. Here's a description from the service manual.
#26 of 143 1996 Honda Accord transmission
Feb 25, 2008 (2:41 pm)
If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. I have a 1996 Honda Accord "Anniversary Edition", which has about 70,000 miles. I don't travel much. I have took it to my locate Meineke shop and they said it maybe something in the transmission. What is does is when I brake the whole car shakes and vibrates like crazy. I have taken very good care of is since I purchased it with 13 miles on. It has all the maintenance upkeep and oil changes. I think I have done everything to keep it in good shape until now. I would appreciate any help, tips, and advice.
#27 of 143 Re: 1996 Honda Accord transmission [banksaccord]
Feb 25, 2008 (9:43 am)
Honestly, it sounds like your brake rotors may be warped. I'd try a different shop, but I'm not an expert.
Elroy will chime in soon (he's good about having answers ).
Best of luck,
1996 Accord LX, 178,000 mi
2006 Accord EX, 29,700 mi
#28 of 143 Re: 1996 Honda Accord transmission [thegraduate]
Feb 25, 2008 (2:46 pm)
Thanks the graduate. I appreicate any help I can get.
#29 of 143 Re: 1996 Honda Accord transmission [banksaccord]
Feb 25, 2008 (3:25 pm)
It could be the transmission. If you brake, and the transmission refuses to downshift, it could cause a lot of shaking. A sign of this would be if the rpm goes down really low even at higher speeds. Do you feel the transmission downshifting? Warped brake rotors can cause vibration also. Do you feel anything at the brake pedal? Engine/transmission mounts can cause some serious shaking, but it would shake even at idle sitting at a red light. Bad suspension components will make any other shaking even worse. My advise is to get a second, and maybe third opinion on this issue.
#30 of 143 Re: 1996 Honda Accord transmission [elroy5]
Feb 25, 2008 (3:39 pm)
Thanks elroy. Now that you mentioned it, I do feel something at the brake pedal. Would you suggest I get an opinion from a transmission specialist or take it to the dealership or both?
#31 of 143 Re: 1996 Honda Accord transmission [banksaccord]
Feb 25, 2008 (4:00 pm)
I would get the rotors checked out. Maybe get them to test drive the car.
Sure, if you can find the time, get estimates from a few places. The dealership knows Honda cars better, but they are usually more expensive too, so that's entirely up to you.
#32 of 143 Re: 1996 Honda Accord transmission [elroy5]
Feb 25, 2008 (5:46 pm)
Thanks elroy5. You have been a tremendous amount of help. At least this gives me something to go on. You know some mechanics like to take advantage of some women. Thanks again.
#33 of 143 Re: 1996 Honda Accord transmission [banksaccord]
Feb 25, 2008 (8:14 pm)
I told ya elroy would be more help than I could be.
Keep us posted on your situation!