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Old 10-06-2011, 04:18 PM
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Hard to get into gear

I have a 96 prelude si 5 speed. ever since i got the car it was pretty rough getting into gear, but once i get it in gear the clutch shifts perfect. i have since changed the master and slave cylinder and bled the clutch and it worked perfect and went into gear like butter for about a week. then after some driving it started to get difficult to get into gear again and its been progessivly getting worse.it feels like there little notches blocking my shifter when i shift and sometime i have to push it hard. somebody told me to change to amsoil synthetic transmission fluid.

i checked my clutch fluid resevoir and its still full so i dont think i have a fluid leak. when the car is off i can row through the gears pretty good which tells me the tranny is ok. my clutch does sqeak a little bit when depressed so maybe the release bearing? i had a mechanic look at the actual clutch and he said it was fine

anybody know what this might be?
any help would be appreciated

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Re: Hard to get into gear

Could be your shifter cables or syncros

try changing your transmission fluid first.
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Re: Hard to get into gear

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Could be your shifter cables or syncros

try changing your transmission fluid first.

i just don't see it being the transmission because it went into gear so perfectly before, i feel like something else it out of place.

also about 1/3 of the time it will go into gear smoothly. it seems completely random it just goes in good when it wants to. but all gears work equally so i don't think its the syncros

but anyways i just ordered two quarts of amsoil tranny fluid and the tranny drain and fill washers
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Re: Hard to get into gear

Yeah get Honda MTF. I`m haing the same problem. Check under your car 4th gen to see if the shift cables have any damage and you can also check under the middle compartment for anything that`s loose or etc. I usually just go to second gear let go of clut and push it in and then go neutral and move it side to side and then it goest into 1st. Same problem with reverse. Other than that it shifts very well.
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Re: Hard to get into gear

i was gifted a 95 h22a 5sp that had another h22a put in it n wen i got it wld shift hard, the guy never tightened the bracket that holds the cables down to the block so it was jst barely missing the guides. so check that however the main prob came wen i went to change the cv axles and drained the fluid which had been replaced wen the 3,4,5 synchros clutch and cvs were replaced sum 5000 miles ago. wen i opened the drain brown sludge poured out. my guess is the guy who did the cvs didnt replace the tranny seal so water was welcomed right in. its a wonder how it shifted at all. i think new fluid otta do ya good, cleaned mine up but it did have a break in point where it gradually got better over a cpl days of driving
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Re: Hard to get into gear

ive already took off the center console and everything connected to the shifter seems to be in order

I think im gonna check out my shift cables. Does anybody know how to check those out and what i should be looking for?

and again, it worked perfect after i bled the clutch so im thinking it could be related to that. Is it possible for air to leak into your hydraulic system without fluid leaking out?
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Re: Hard to get into gear

wen u bleed the clutch u have a hose attached to the bleeder and the other end is submerged in clean fluid right? otherwise air will make it up in the lines even if u put a gallon thru it. ASK ME HOW I KNOW! lmao and like i said there is a mount that holds the end of the shift cables on the block side not the shifter side check that. as for the actual cable take the cotter pin out there is a steel washer then under that there is a plastic washer that keeps the perfect spacing. check that washer for wear or gouging its not exact enough to bother measuring jst check it, grease up the pin wen u reassemble.do not bend the wires as any slight deviation will cause misalignment. if all else fails replace the shift cables check your bleeding procedure but that will cause a grind as the clutch is not fully engaged so if it does not grind assume the clutch is fine
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Re: Hard to get into gear

If you got a mechanic to look at the clutch why didn't you see if he could remedy the problem? :s
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Re: Hard to get into gear

FWIW, the squeak when you depress the clutch is probably the return spring. Mine drove me nuts until I figured out what it was.
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Re: Hard to get into gear

Change fluid but use honda manual tranny fluid. They same thing happened to me, changed the fluid and have had no problem since. That was about 9xxx miles ago.
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