96 manual honda accord- problems shifting into reverse
I'm having issues shifting my 96 accord into reverse. I'm new to driving a manual transmission so I checked the manual for the car so see if there was some sort of trick I was missing. It said there was a safety lock that keeps you from going into reverse from 5th gear, but that was all. Since I'm new to driving a stick, I'm not entirely sure what to check or what even could be the problem. Any ideas?
Is the tranny just hard to put into reverse? Check with mechanic and see if you need clutch adjusted. Also try pushing down on the shifter to bypass the safety. Most have to be pushed down from the top of the shifter in order to go in to reverse.
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With the engine off, can you put it in reverse? Can you put the clutch in and keep it in reverse, then start it, and it moves back? If you can, but can't get it into reverse again with the engine running, either the clutch isn't adjusted properly, or the clutch has oil on it and is dragging. Reverse has no syncro's, those are the things in the transmission that help it shift. All the forward gears have syncro's so they can kind of tolerate when the clutch isn't right, they will still go into gear. But reverse needs the clutch to work properly.
just that, try it, in a safe place,
i have 96 jeep with no belt, in fact pump missing.
the pump is optional in most cases, because no body wants to die.
belt flies off.. it just reverse to manual mode.
the only possible issue is lub, for the rack-and-pinon.
the first thing to do is check the linkage by having someone shift the gears while you look at the cable on the transmission. if the cable moves at the gear selector and at the transmission then the problem is not linkage. it could be your TCM is not turning the shift solenoids on to apply the correct gear in the transmission.
A clutch issue youtend to have more of an engagement problem with 1st and reverse gear for a small time period before you notice other gears.You want to check the clutch hydrolic system for any leaks(clutch slave at transmission,clutch master,which you look for leakage on interior above clutch pedal)and at fluid resevoir.you also want to double check condition of trans fluid. strongly recommend using only HONDA BRAND MANUAL TRANS. FLUID when doing maintinance,fluid should be replaced every 30k on this car.The Honda brand fluid is like night and day on these cars,it WILL make a difference in shifting!!TRust Me on this point! Sorry now back to your main clutch issue,when driveing and you go to shift gears and normally notice grinding,with clutch pedal in shft out of gear and before engageing it into next gear do a double pump of clutch pedal then see if when continuing to next gear if it engagees smoother.if so you know you have without a dout a clutch pressure plate/disc problem. I can tell you that in twenty years the only manual transmissions themselves that ever had problems were due to outside influences(gear oil in transmission,improper driveing,etc.)let me know what you find and we can go from there..JOEL
the first common possibilty would be to check fluid level, if the fluid level is good, I would recommend changing the transaxle fluid and filter. if this does not correct the issue, a professional transmission repair person will need to diagnose for you, good luck!