I was at a traffic signal with my car on nuetral. When the lights turned green, I accelerated without realising the car was still on nuetral. I then immediately shifted into drive while the engine was revving. My car jerked initially but then drove normally. I didn't realise any abnormalities after that while driving.

I'm worried I may have damaged my transmission. Will shifting into drive while accelerating usually damage transmission or is it something I dont have to worry about.

My car is a 2016 Honda Accord coupe (Automatic transmission)

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Yes, if done excessively, it is possible to damage your car doing this, you could -

  • break a CV joint
  • break a universal joint
  • strip a driveshaft spline
  • damage the gearbox
  • tear a rubber coupling
  • damage an engine mount

and probably damage a number of other things.

If the car is driving as normal, then I wouldn't worry about it. If you start hearing knocking noises after doing this, then you need to get the car checked.

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    No clue who downvoted, but gave my uptick for a good answer to counteract. Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 22:06

Once probably won't damage it unless you are unlucky.

Doing this repeatedly will eventually cause damage sooner or later and that is usually a transmission out and overhaul / replacement - which is not cheap...

  • Probably "sooner". Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 22:07
  • I did twist off the transmission tailshaft on a hydromatic doing that; However i was very young an foolish at the time. and did not repeat. Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 22:10

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