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Old 07-09-2008, 01:06 AM
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Icon9 Transmission Troubles

I just bought a 1998 Prelude in Toronto, and I'm having some trouble with my transmission. It's a manual tranny, and a couple days after I got it, first and maybe second gear started acting up. I'm not sure about second, but when you take off in first gear, the car revs up but takes off ridiculasly slowly, it takes it forever to get into second, and second might be sluggish too, but since I'm new to the car I'm not sure.

It's a 1998 with 130,000KM. All the other gears feel great, 3rd and up feel fast and responsive. Any ideas what my trouble might be?
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:11 AM
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Clutch.

Time for this http://www.preludezone.com/showthread.php?t=10272

They've been for sale for a while so the owner might take a reasonably offer.
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Oh yeah that is definetly the clutch. the way you can tell if its really going and i mean really gone is if you leave it in 5 gear and let go of the clutch slowly; if your engine doesn't stall you want to change that clutch ASAP!. its about a 6 hour job with a mechanic. That's their flat rate or at least thats what it if for mine. try to go with a better clutch then just the OEM replacement. you will be thankful in the long run.
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hey I was wondering my 5th gear sync is either almost gone or gone already, is there any way that i can just replace the sync or would it be better to replace the entire tranny...just curious..and will not have the sync cause me to lose 5th gear? Because well after i get back from my military work i am gonna be looking into getting a brand new engine and tranny setup, but need to kno if this tranny is gonna last for another 2 months, I drive it really lightly, barely ever break 4k rpm's unless i am at the track, which is rare now since problem has started accuring.
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Well not having a sync surely won't be dangerous, since synchros were never on transmissions until the last 20 or so years. Might just make shifting into 5th a little hard.
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well does anyone know what the shift points are for transfer into 5th gear. i know i can make it smooth under 4k. because i know as long as everything is spinning at right speed when going into gear it will be smooth, but not sure what rpm would make shifting smooth above 4k
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Thanks for the help guys, I did what Coachroy said and sure enough when I dropped the clutch in 5th at standstill, the car didn't even try to stall. So I'm looking at clutches, and since it's my first time buying one, I have no idea what to get. Can anyone suggest some good brands, I honestly don't even know where to begin, and whats the difference between the Fidanza 2.1, 3.2, 4.3, 5.4. I need a balance of price and performance.
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i believe that the 2.1 is stage 1 clutch..and should be all you need if you like daily driver with a little horsepower above stock. but once you go to far up you can't have a daily driver anymore. stage 2 i think is the limit

also look under clutch in 5th Gen Parts Guide.
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Thats great thanks, and that parts list is amazing! Do you know if Exedy or Spec are decent? They seem to be a little more common on the net rather than the Fidanza...
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ah, my trannys shot too.. well it will be within the next month, i'm prolly going to rebuild it in a few weeks
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