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Old 01-31-2013, 12:23 PM
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Good morning,

Well it is -18 degrees out here (North Dakota) this morning and i went out and started my 97 manual prelude. It started on the first turn over, but didn't want to. I went back inside and finished getting ready. Let it run for about 20 minutes. I put it in reverse and backed out of my parking spot. When i went to put it in first it wouldn't even go in gear. I couldn't get it to go into any gear not even reverse anymore. My clutch also felt diffrent. Like i could push it in way farther before i started feeling the resistance. I finally did get it to go into second and get the car moving. As i was driving down the road my car sounded funny. It was almost like a soft clunk clunk noise. Thank goodness my office is only a little ways away. So i made it to work fine, but i don't want to try driving it again if there could be something seriously wrong.

I hope i don't sound crazy and someone can help. Also it won't be a DIY because i'm not exactly machanically inclinded.

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Re: Having a really hard time going in gear?

Have you checked your clutch fluid level? I don't know if it becomes more viscous in severe cold. Mine's always gotten more clunky feeling when shifting in winter.
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Re: Having a really hard time going in gear?

first thing to try would be clutch fluid level ^ as the last person recommended. then bleed the clutch line with new fluid. this is only really possible with a friend to help. have one person hold the clutch to the floor while you loosen the bleeding bolt on the slave cylinder (front of transmission, probably looks rusty and is a cylinder with a rod surrounded by a boot sticking out of it) then tighten the bleeding bolt, have your friend pull the clutch up from the floor, check the fluid level, and repeat until you have clean brake fluid coming out of the bleeding bolt on the slave.

and the clutch fluid is brake fluid. if any water has possibly gotten in the clutch fluid, it may have been frozen and the cause of it acting up.
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Re: Having a really hard time going in gear?

ESPECIALLY in the severe cold of negative temps, tranny oil is just like motor oil; extremelyy thick (viscous) making it much harder to shift into gears. You just gotta take your time when shifting in the cold. Normally by the time the engine is fully warmed up, so is the tranny.


But it also sounds like you might have air in your clutch hydraulic system, which is why there wasn't any pressure in the clutch pedal. First thing I'd check is maybe the master cylinder reservoir is empty;

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Re: Having a really hard time going in gear?

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ESPECIALLY in the severe cold of negative temps, tranny oil is just like motor oil; extremelyy thick (viscous) making it much harder to shift into gears.[/url]
pretty sure the tranny oil in 5th gens IS motor oil
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Ahhh spring time in the Dakotas. Anyway to add a block warmer?
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Re: Having a really hard time going in gear?

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pretty sure the tranny oil in 5th gens IS motor oil

Ahh I was using Honda MTF in mine, and heard motor oil was an acceptable substitute.
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