You guys are great… I listen most weeks.
I’ve got a 96 Honda del Sol with 135,000 miles on it… and want to keep the car indefinitely. I’ve always had all maintenance done as needed.
For about the last 6 months, as I’m going up in RPMs in 1st gear, the sound of the transmission will all of a sudden get noticeably louder. Not an odd sound, just louder. This may be happening in 2nd gear too… but not as noticeably. Nothing sounds different in 3rd, 4th, or 5th… and it functions just great.
I’ve got the original clutch… and a service shop I used to go to said they thought I had plenty of life on the clutch. The service shop I now go to said that this sound was indication of internal transmission bearings going out… and that… at some point, I’d need a new transmission… and the bonus is I’d get a new clutch in the deal. They suggested a refurbished, used transmission… that they could get… and that the whole replacement should be ~ $1800.
Does this sound right to you? Are these bearings that are an integral part of the transmission and can’t be replaced ? How soon would you think it would fail… and will failure mean the transmission just locks up?? Does their price sound right? … so many questions.
Any help would be appreciated … I know you guys know your stuff.