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Old 08-12-2007, 01:26 PM
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Transmission Issue, need help fast!

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The problem is it refuses to even enter reverse. Before I was having a similar issue where it would start to move into reverse but not mesh properly. It randomly went away and was fine. Now the other day it just won't go into reverse at all. I'm wondering how bad this might be, if anyone else has experienced this, and what I might be able to check. It's a little difficult to go about daily business without reverse. It's either this or an 86 TA that doesn't always like to start.... the Prelude is still the reliable of the two.
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try letting the clutch out slowly AS your pulling the shifter into reverse

sometimes my reverse is a lil stubborn but engaging teh clutch works 100% of the time. but maybe your problem is a lil more serious than mine.
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:03 PM
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My car is kinda finicky about reverse sometimes it wont go in at all. It feels like if i force it really hard maybe it will go but most of the time if it wont go, I just put it in fourth then flip to reverse and it works. I heard something about the lock out mechanism, that it can sometimes mess with going in to reverse not sure though...
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My reverse has been screwed up too ever since I had a friend drive me and my car home from the bar. He grinded 2nd and 3rd really bad and the next day it took me like 15 minutes to finally get it into reverse. At first, I couldn't shift into any gear! I was told the same thing about feathering the gas and letting out the clutch simutaneously. It works but I really had to apply some force to get reverse to engage. I was also told that my release bearing may have been damaged. That is beginning to sound right to me now as my clutch is not nearly as stiff as it was (this is about 2 weeks from then). I'm just gonna replace the whole clutch and release bearing and hope for the best.
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I used to try slipping the clutch, it would work for a while. I would try maybe 10-15 times and eventually it would work. When this was happening to me before it would act like it was in but then grind a little but slip into place. Now it won't even grind for me. I was attempting to force it into place and slip but nothing would happen, I was hoping for some little hint, but nothing. Then it would be difficult to even move the shifter from the reverse position as though there was some binding or obstruction. I'd have to force it into 4th or 3rd and it would finally loosen enough that I could move it toward 1st/2nd. I'm a little too pessimistic for it to be a simple solution.
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Yea, I don't blame you there. I still say troubleshoot the clutch first though in hopes that the necessary repair won't be too expensive.
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Of course I have to try everything smaller/cheaper/easier.. I just hope I'll be able to stop after that
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i know this is is my first post and i just got my 97 2 days ago but could it be one of the cables that go from the gear lever to the trans. when i sold my del sol i was kind of concerned about cable shift? just a thought. great forum i love all the info you guys give!
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Sounds like it may be your release bearing. I think I have the same issue with my 97 SH. I'm going to put a new clutch and flywheel in and see if it helps. If you are on a budget, go on ebay and look for some package deals. A good thing to keep in mind is that Exedy OEM clutches are (correct me if i'm wrong here guys) the same clutch that Honda is going to sell you, and for a whole lot less usually. Exedy makes the OEM clutches for all major Japanese car manufacturers. For instance, I found a package on ebay, it's the Exedy OEM/OEQ clutch kit (complete kit, with disc, pressure plate, and release bearing), AND an 8 lb lightweight Fidanza flywheel for 249.99.


Hell, you can even get an Exedy Stage 1 Organic for about 230 if you are vigilant enough with your search.

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I have a similar issue with my '99 SH I was told it was something with the synchros if it won't go in reverse try putting it in first and roll it forward just a little and then select reverse my just drops in fine, no grinding or nothing.
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