Honda Civic Gearbox

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Honda Civic gearboxes

Civics’ first generation 1973 to 1979 gearbox options were kept to a minimum, consisting of air conditioning, an automatic gearbox called the Hondamatic.

The Hondamatic (also called the H2) was Honda’s first automatic gearbox. It was produced from 1973 through 1979. The Hondamatic name is used on all automatic gearboxes from Honda.

More about Civics’ Hondamatic:

The original Hondamatic, like all following Honda automatics, featured sliding gears on parallel axes rather than planetary gears like most other automatic gearboxes. The design is noteworthy because it preserves engine braking by eliminating a sprag between first and second gears. It also featured a unique shifting action controlled by stator torque rather than traditional hydraulics. The Honda torque converter had a lockup, leading the company to sell the original Hondamatic (which had just two forward gear ratios) as a 3- peed. The true 3 speed H3 was launched in 1979.

Civic’s second generation 1980 to 1983 offered 3 gearboxes: a 4 speed manual (on base models), a 5 speed manual and a 2 speed automatic.

Civic’s third generation 1984 to 1987 offered on the wagon was a front wheel drive gearbox; and in 1985 and later a part-time any-speed four-wheel drive gearbox. The four-wheel drive gearbox also introduced a low-speed granny gear which could only be engaged in four-wheel drive. In 1986, this Civic model came with a manual five-speed gearbox.

Civic’s fourth generation 1988 to 1991 offered a 6-speed manual gearbox (with a super-low gear left of first) or an optional 4 speed automatic.

Civic’s sixth generation 1996 to 2000 offered on most models were available with a standard 5 speed manual gearbox with a hydraulic clutch, or an optional 4 speed automatic gearbox. The CX has an uncommon gearbox with longer gears than the Si. The HX model was offered with the 5 speed manual or a CVT Continuously Variable Gearbox which offered three driving ranges, D (for normal driving), S (for spirited driving with higher engine speeds), and L (to keep the engine running as low a speed as possible). The conventional 4 speed automatic was not available on the HX model.

More About Civic’s continuously variable gearbox:

A continuously variable gearbox (CVT) is a gearbox which can change effortlessly through an infinite number of effective gear ratios between maximum and minimum values. This contrasts with other mechanical gearboxes that only allow a few different distinct gear ratios to be selected. The flexibility of a CVT allows the driving shaft to maintain a constant angular velocity over a range of output velocities. This can provide better fuel economy than other gearboxes by enabling the engine to run at its most efficient revolutions per minute (RPM) for a range of vehicle speeds. Alternatively it can be used to maximize the performance of a vehicle by allowing the engine to turn at the RPM at which it produces peak power. This is typically higher than the RPM that achieves peak efficiency.

Troubleshooting Honda Civic’s Gearbox

The Honda Civic gearbox allows the Civic to transfer the power generated by the engine to the wheels. It does this by connecting to the engine through the clutch assembly. Although, traditionally, a gearbox referred to this intermediary device on rear-drive cars, the name has carried over to front-drive vehicles, such as the Civic. Over time, every car’s mechanical components have the potential to break. Honda gearboxes are no exception. However, before rushing off to the gearbox shop (since they can be rather expensive), you can troubleshoot a Honda Civic gearbox yourself to make sure you know exactly what’s wrong.


1. Check for fluid leaks. If your Civic is leaking a deep red fluid, this is gearbox fluid. It may be a main seal leaking or it could be leaking from the gearbox housing. The only way to know what seal has failed is to get underneath the vehicle and check for the source of the leak.

2. Check to see if the gearbox fluid is brown or has a burned smell. This indicates the fluid has burned. This can be caused by a number of different things. However, if your gearbox fluid was low to begin with, this is commonplace.

3. Check to see if the Civic gearbox downshifts when you press the accelerator to the floor while driving in 3rd or 4th gear. If it does not, this can indicate the throttle valve cable is out of adjustment and needs to be adjusted.

4. Check to see if your Civic will start in gears other than park or neutral. If so, then your neutral safety start switch is malfunctioning. 5. Check to see if the gearbox slips, shifts roughly or is noisy or has no drive in forward or reverse gears. This usually indicates that fluid levels are too low. However, it could indicate gear failure in the gearbox. Checking and maintaining proper gearbox fluid levels is the first step in solving this problem.

Checking the Gearbox Fluid in a Civic

Automatic Honda Civic Gearbox:

1. Pop the hood of the car. The car does not have to be warm to check the gearbox fluid.

2. Locate the gearbox dipstick to the side and rear of the engine. Make sure it isn’t the engine oil dipstick; the engine oil dipstick is at the front of the engine.

3. Pull the gearbox dipstick out, wipe the tip of it with a towel and insert it completely back into the tube. Pull it out again and look at the end of the dipstick. You should see oil at the end of the stick between two marks. If the gearbox oil is not on the dipstick at all or is below the lowest line, the gearbox needs oil. If the oil level is above the highest mark, the gearbox is filled too much and should be drained.

Manual Honda Civic Gearbox: 1. Place the jack under the front of the car on part of the frame to jack it up. Once it is in the air, place jack stands behind the front tires on the frame of the car.

2. Get under the car and find the side of the gearbox where the two drain plugs are. The bottom plug is the actual gearbox drain and the top plug is used to check the oil level.

3. Use a ratchet and socket to remove the top plug from the gearbox. Put your finger in the hole. If your finger can touch gearbox fluid, the level is good. If you cannot reach any fluid through the hole with your finger, the level is too low. If fluid pours out of the hole when you unplug it, the level is too high.

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