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Old 04-30-2013, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2002 Accent Hard Shift (Automatic)

The Accent has been working great recently until the other day when I got in to go to work and now it suddenly shifts very hard into 2nd. And sometimes 3rd.

This problem seems to come and go. Sometimes it will shift smoothly. Other times it will have to reach super high rpm and I will have to let off the gas and slowly accelerate to get it to shift. This seems to happen throughout all the gears and it does not make any difference if overdrive is turned on or off. Also reverse works just fine.

I checked the fluid and it is at the proper level. It does seem to be a little dirty (not burnt) so I am planning on changing the transmission fluid, but something tells me that is not going to solve this issue. It seems like an electrical issue to me. Anyone have any advice on what it could be?

Oh yeah, and there are no codes at all on the car.

EDIT - Don't know if it matters but the car just turned over to 100k miles. I've been reading on here about all the problems the automatic trannys have in this car but 100k seems a bit early to have any serious transmission problems.

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Old 04-30-2013, 01:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You would be surprised how early the tranny will go lol. Mine was shifting hard and I did the same thing...changed fluid and filter. Didn't make a difference. Either yours is starting to go, or something else I don't know of. I'm sure someone can help with these crappy transmissions.
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