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Thank you for your assistance. My 1997 Honda Prelude SH has just started having an issue where I cannot find a gear to shift into, usually when downshifting. What I mean is, I will try to downshift and there is nothing there. I can't shift into any gear and at times have had to pull over and come to a complete stop to get her into gear. At times I will play with the stick and get her into a gear. It is intermitent at this point. I've noticed a few times when I am able to get into a gear I hear not so much of a hard grinding sound but more of a high pitched wheezy grinding sound. Previous maintenance has included regular services. Also a slipping clutch was replaced about 6 years ago. She has just over 156,000 miles on her. I did buy this car new so I'm the only owner she's had, so issues with previous owners. Any advice would be greatly appreciated before I take her to Honda this weekend...Thanks.

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I believe your problem is your hydraulic clutch system. There are only two components involved . The master cylinder , located on the firewall driver side in the engine compartment . And the slave which is located down at the transmission itself . First , be sure to check the fluid level in the clutch master cylinder . Add brake fluid if it is low . If it was dry , there's probably a leak either in the slave or master cylinder . Look for wet spots or drops underneath both components . In either case , you'll probably have to replace one or both components and then you'll have to bleed the system as you would your brakes . Same procedure is used to bleed the clutch and brakes. Visit and enter your vehicle information to access free repair guides with instructions on how to replace both components in question . It's free to view , print , etc.

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