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2001 Prelude having trouble shifting into first

I just bought my prelude last week and I absolutely love it. However, about 2 days ago, I started my car and I had to push it into first. The night prior, my car was shifting as smooth as it could possibly shift. I drove around all day trying to see if I was just shifting terribly, trying to calibrate myself with the car (I just picked up learning stick in this car), but I was driving fine. Then, yesterday as I got ready to leave for work, I put the clutch in, tried to shift into first, but it wouldn't pop in. I tried a few more times before I was finally able to push it in. It now usually does this every time I have the car sitting for more than an hour or two. It's really hit and miss when it won't shift though, there's times when I shift into first from a dead stop no problem, and other times it just won't happen without a few times letting off and re-applying the clutch. Also, when I get moving and then have to shift into first at a stop sign/light, I either have no problem getting into first (smooth as it was before) or I have to push it in a bit. Nothing compared to trying to shift into first after I get off work or get in it in the morning. Really don't know what to think as it never seems to be consistent. My co-worker was trying to tell me it's my clutch going, but I've done a few clutch tests with my buddy who's a mechanic and it seems to be fine. Any help would be appreciated. I'm trying to keep this thing pristine as it's absolutely beautiful.
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Re: 2001 Prelude having trouble shifting into first

Either your clutch fluid is low and needs bleeding or your throwout bearing is going out.
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Re: 2001 Prelude having trouble shifting into first

Sounds like your throw out bearing going out , it's a common symptom when your bearing is going out.
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Re: 2001 Prelude having trouble shifting into first

Mine does the same thing on occasion. I usually have to put it into 2nd before it'll go into 1st.
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Re: 2001 Prelude having trouble shifting into first

Check your clutch fluid. That happened to me once but my clutch fluid was drained by a shady mechanic. I just refilled it with honda dot 3 and never had that problem again!
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