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Old 04-17-2010, 01:26 AM
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Shifting Problem

So i was having trouble with my shifter for a while, it doesnt want to shift into first unless i'm at a dead stop or near a dead stop, and occasionally has similar issues with going into reverse. My mechanic thought it was the throw bearing since it isn't grinding so i swapped in a Competition stage 2 clutch and Competition 11lb flywheel. I love the improvement from those parts, but i'm still having the problem with first and reverse, has anyone encountered this before? This is my first manual car and i'm still kind of a car noob so i'm not familiar with diagnosing issues like this.
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Re: Shifting Problem

that's the purpose of first gear, just to get you moving. your not supposed to shift into 1st @ like 40mph


when ur having problems getting into reverse tho;
try shifting back into 1st gear, once it engages fully, then try reverse again.
if THAT doesn't do it (it usually works about 95% of the time) when your pulling the shifter back into reverse, slowwwlyyyy and gently let the clutch out while pulling the shifter back.
those two tips will def help you w/ reverse.
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X2....What he said. The only real fix is replacing synchros.
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Re: Shifting Problem

yeah i have THE SAME EXACT PROBLEM.. i literally cant go into first unless im completely stopped or going like 2 mph.. which is extremely annoying when your too slow for 2nd but too fast to shift into first.. and im talking like 5mph..too fast for first too slow for 2nd. So im curious if anyone has any opinions on this, its extremely annoying. And reverse for me i just keep trying to get it to go in until it does.. its usually not a problem though but when it is i just keep trying til it goes.
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that's the purpose of first gear, just to get you moving. your not supposed to shift into 1st @ like 40mph


when ur having problems getting into reverse tho;
try shifting back into 1st gear, once it engages fully, then try reverse again.
if THAT doesn't do it (it usually works about 95% of the time) when your pulling the shifter back into reverse, slowwwlyyyy and gently let the clutch out while pulling the shifter back.
those two tips will def help you w/ reverse.
x2 with the reverse, if that happens in first gear at a dead stop do the same thing. Just ease the clutch out ever so much and itll go in. I have to do it so often when at a stop light its almost become second nature for me lol.


But yea, definitely no downshifting into 1st...my general rule is, if I'm rollin, 2nd gear and clutchwork it is. and damn does this thread make me wanna go for a drive. I think I shall here soon
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Re: Shifting Problem

X3 for both. Used to do it in y old prelude. Just slowly let the clutch out a lil way n pull/push on the shifter. It'll fall right into gear. Keep an eye on ur trans oil too.
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Re: Shifting Problem

...wow. First gear is only meant to start you from a dead or near stop...Second gear has enough power to pull you from a speed where first will not engage. I thought that was common knowledge. Listen to Twok on the reverse tips because he is absolutely right. I have the same problem on reverse.
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Re: Shifting Problem

Agree'd with everyone. I have to put it in first then into reverse sometimes to get it to go into gear in reverse.
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Re: Shifting Problem

I know first is only for starting, it's not so much an issue driving it as it is me fearing it to be a symptom of transmission failure or some other expensive issue. Glad to hear it's nothing to really worry about, thanks for the input guys! I just started spending money on improvements, i'd hate to have to start spending again on repairs.
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Re: Shifting Problem

One thing to add. If you throttle to the appropriate rpm you will be able to shift into 1st. I don't remember off of the top of my head so this is just an example, let's say 25mph is 4k rpm, well if you're in 2nd and you want to shift down to 1st and you're going 25mph: clutch in, shift out of 2nd, throttle to 4k and shift into 1st and clutch out. Since you have a nice clutch/flywheel you can just double clutch too.
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One thing to add. If you throttle to the appropriate rpm you will be able to shift into 1st. I don't remember off of the top of my head so this is just an example, let's say 25mph is 4k rpm, well if you're in 2nd and you want to shift down to 1st and you're going 25mph: clutch in, shift out of 2nd, throttle to 4k and shift into 1st and clutch out. Since you have a nice clutch/flywheel you can just double clutch too.
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