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Shifting gears in 5 speed is difficult

When i shift my car, its hard to put it into gear. it feels like i'm pushing through gum!! when i pull it out and put it in gear again its fine. it also popped out of 5th gear while i was driving. it has been very cold here, so i'm not sure if this has anything to do with it.

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  • ashley_h717 Jan 12, 2009

    its been below zero weather wise. and i just bought the car in june, and havent checked tranny fluid. its had regular maintenance, but is due now. and the clutch feels the same, nothing out of the ordinary there. the car has 110 000 km.

  • steven1018 Jan 21, 2009

    i have a 2002 dx and when i am shifting i have to either double clutch or put the shifter into gear twice in order to properly shift... the car was just checked over at honda before i bought it in october everything checked out. what should i do? should i have the transmission fluid changed? any help would be appreciated.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what is very cold? does the clutch pedal have a free play before it starts to be resistive to going down? how many miles on the car and transmission, have u ever changed the fluid in the transmission?

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Sounds like ur sencanizers r broke

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Try using a synthetic trans gear lube, also when u drain the trans look for metal flakes, if u see them the trans shift synchro's are worn out and the trans will need to be overhauled.

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