Try to explain this one
Every week I receive emails regarding car repairs that are hard to solve. The subjects range from a desire for more information to a cry for help. There is a common theme in the majority of the letters I receive: a lack of communication between the owner and the repair technician. The owner can’t explain correctly the symptoms of the complaint or the tech can’t explain his lack of repair. This lack of ability to communicate is a serious problem and it’s only going to get worst. As cars go high tech the communications gap between general knowledge and the ability to grasp new concepts grow.
Case in point: We had a 9-year-old model Cadillac Deville in for a drivability issue. The car would start, run until you put it into gear and shut off. To top it off, the car exhibited this condition intermittently. The owner didn’t trust the car anymore and stopped using it. How can a tech explain such a complicated repair? You see, this Cady uses a common communications BUS to transmit data from the various computers and modules that are in operation. A failure in a computer or even a short in 9-year-old wiring would cause the entire system to fail. Big job! Big bill! A lot of this work involves removing interior components and testing each computer or module individually. A very time-consuming process.
Well, as it turns out, there was a short in the harness that operated the passenger electric seat. A supporting clip had failed and caused the wire to pinch. Easy repair? It took us eight days to find it. Now, the hard part— trying to explain that your car didn’t start because your wife has short legs. Some days it doesn’t pay to get up.
I have a 2008 Honda Civic LX sedan automatic transmission. The auto tranny is terrible: it always seems to be in fourth gear. Whenever I step on the gas pedal to accelerate after either cruising or braking,
the tranny needs a full second or two before downshifting to allow acceleration. The “ lag” is followed by a lurch/ jerk. A search of the eighth generation Civic discussion forum shows that I’m not the only one with this problem. My question: Is this purely a “ design/ manufacture” problem and thus cannot be fixed, or can there be a way to “ cure” the terrible transmission?
Thanks for the question. I have never heard of this issue. Civics are really benign cars and easy to drive. You may have issues with this transmission itself. Contact your tech and book a road test. I’m assuming it’s under warranty. Make sure they take the time to run the car and understand the issue. The result maybe a complete transmission replacement.