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Old 03-21-2002, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Off Topic, but does anyone know a good Tranny shop in CT for Hondas

I just got a calll from my mother and she told me my father's Honda (87 Accord hatch) needs a new tranny. Its an old car, so droppin $1400 for a rebuilt, or $900 for one from a junk yard is kinda high (even though overall, those do sound "right" from past experience with other cars).
ANyone know of a good tranny place near Hartford?

Also, on a side note, I KNEW that pop's car was gonna need a tranny soon - just from the way he drives. He brought me to the dealer when I bought my WRX in January, and not having been in the same car with him driving in a looong time I was SHOCKED at what I saw. He was backin out of the spot, but while the car was still rollin back, he popped it into drive, and hits the gas to go forward. That day I told him that he would need a new tranny in less than 6- months. Now about 4months later, my prophecy UNFORTUNATELY comes true.

I know this topic doesn;t have to do with Scoobies, but figured you guys might know of a few good local shops.
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Old 03-21-2002, 07:30 PM   #2
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i know of a honda speciatly place on the berlin turnpike. Its near the min golf place
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Old 03-21-2002, 08:01 PM   #3
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Berlin Turnpikr, eh? My parents live off the Pike. Would you happen to know the name or atleast what town its in? And there are 2 mini-golf places on the Pike (the big one with the huge animals, and the one near Centerfolds)
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Old 03-21-2002, 11:34 PM   #4
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the big one with the huge animals
He's talking about Absolute Auto....southbound side of the pike, just before Safari Golf.....

I know nothing about the place, other than they seem to have a dozen or so Honda's for sale all the time....

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Old 03-22-2002, 04:54 AM   #5
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What kinda symptoms is the old girl displaying? Actually, I should be asking what is the exact failure here? This sounds like an auto tranny, yes? From the rolling-reverse-to-drive behavior, I'd say the tranny input shaft is apple-cored(that is, if I remember my auto tranny schematics right)... maybe it's the governer that fails... I can't remember; I'll shut up.

Anyway, if one of those two is the case, you may not need an entirely new tranny... just drop it, swap in the new parts, and go. On the other hand, if the clutch packs are toast/cogs are stripped/fluid smells burned, sounds like it could use a rebuild.

Just offering up some possibly-helpful input. Good luck.
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Old 03-22-2002, 07:43 AM   #6
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SCOOBATV: Dude that is helpful. I actually went to my `rents house to actually SEE the car, but I guess they had driven it to some mechanic to get an estitame or something. Just the faact that it IS drivable means to me that it can't be totaly toast. From what my mother said i THINK its stuck in 2nd gear (since she said that it "doesn't have any power" - which probably means that it starts going really slowly, adn probably tops out at a fairly slow speed). Unfortuntaly they know NOTHING about cars, and I just soo get the fealing that their going to pay quite a bit more than they probably should have to.
I was first gonna see if and how low the tranny fluid is. then see if I was right that its stuck in 2nd and then see if I coudl "force" it into another other gear (since I know that 2nd gear is like the "limp-home" gear that autotrannys go into when something is wrong - Not sure if all trannys are like that though).
You guys reccommend I look at any other specific things before I let them blow $1400 on getting this one rebuilt (I have already advised them against getting one from a junkyard)?
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Old 03-22-2002, 09:24 AM   #7
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Damn, I wish I knew more about slushboxes now...

I had a friend who toasted the gearbox in his T-Bird... it'd only use first and second. I know his clutchpacks were roasted, I dunno what else.

Stuck in 2nd... sheesh. I know on older Subarus(EA 82 cars), that usually points to the governer, and either the apple-coring effect or being gummed up with varnishy crap from old(burned) tranny fluid.

I'd get it checked out professionally(I've had decent luck with Aamco and the like), but it does sound more than likely that a rebuild is in order.
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