Transmission console switch.
Repost of someone else's experience:
My friend purchased a (transmission) console switch from www.hparts.com .
The part is Honda# 35700-SM4-A91 hpart# 327830 and the price was $31.63
plus $5.62 S&H. She had a very experienced amateur install it. He looked
at the manualbriefly then went out and installed it in under 20 minutes. It
should be pretty straight forward for anyone with just a little experience,
only slightly tricky part is to adjust it (if necessary) so that the
indicator lights match the shiftlever position.
Results: Since installing the switch January 2000, she has had absolutely
no problem with it. Previously the car would always experience the
syndrome until it had been warmed up for at least 20 minutes on even a
moderately cold day.
To recap the symptoms:
- Vehicle is 1990+ Accord with AT (others with AT may be affected
- Problem is strongly linked to cold temperatures.
- Key cannot be removed after shifting into P
- Dash indicator light does not indicate "P" even though transmission
is positively in P
- Car cannot be shifted out of P after this has happened
- Problem solves itself when the "P" indicator lights which occurs
after a period of time related to the interior temperature of the car.
Or if you're mechanically inclined, you can take the unit apart, clean
out the dried up grease inside, regrease the mechanism, and reuse the
The part uses a sliding mechanism with a spring-mounted contact that
touches pads below for each lever position. Over time, the grease
used to lubricate mechanism hardens, especially in cold temperatures.
When this happens the contact will tend to bind in its slot, and fails
to make a connection with the pads. Cleaning this out and regreasing
will make it work like new again.
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