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Just bought my [U]1996 prelude v-tec[U]off Craigslist from a face book friend of mine.. well today after Lunch I was testing out the V-tec on a long stretch and when I went To down shift from 4th to 3rd it wouldn't go!!! Got it in 3rd one time and nothing now..someone help!!! Think it might be the shift fork? The shift Linkage from a hard shift? Let me know please I have a road trip in a month!!!! Thanks
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Re: 3rd gear won't work !!! I just bought it today

3rd gear syncro is toast probably.

At least it wasn't 5th gear or else there's no way you could do highway speeds.

If you still want to drive it, just rev a bit higher in 2nd (which is fun anyway) and then skip to 4th. Still smooth. :)

Replacing syncro is expensive as hell...expect at least $500 labor and the individual syncros from Honda cost $100 each...
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Re: 3rd gear won't work !!! I just bought it today

Drain the tranny fluid ... get 2qts of sychromesh ..refill tranny.... take off intake ..have sumbody get in the car and work it threw the gears.. watch the linkage . make sure nothing is kinked or bent look closely at the shafts....if it looks all good.. hop in and drive.. try to either rev up b4 shifting into 3rdcor try to double clutch it... and no more down shifting for you..... report back after you've done this
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Re: 3rd gear won't work !!! I just bought it today

Instead of shifting from fourth to third, double clutch it as has been suggested (cluth in, shift into neutral, let out clutch, clutch in, shift into third) or you can try putting the car into third from one of the gears other than 4th.

I had a lude a while back that would grind into fifth from fourth, but not third to fifth. So i just wound third a bit higher RPM than i normally would and would shift straight to fifth when i was going around as fast as i needed to.

And x2 on the synchromesh. I use pennzoil brand synchromesh.
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