Stiff Manual Gear Shift

civic
honda
transmissions

#1

In recent weeks the gear shift lever has become stiff. Side to side is still loose, forward and back, into and out of gears is stiff.



I changed the oil last fall, using genuine Honda Manual Transmission Oil.



Any thoughts? Thanks.


#2

Is it the same with the engine running vs. not running?


#3

What’s the temperature been where you are?

Manual tranny fluid can get really thick in cold weather. When I lived in North Dakota it would get so thick in the winter I could not even feel the gates. It felt like dragging a paddle through cold molasses.


#4

I had the same problem with my 1955 Pontiac manual transmission and my 1954 Buick with a manual transmission. I would idle these cars for about 5 minutes in neutral with the clutch out. That seemed to help. I guess some things never change.


#5

It is the same, running or not running.
Honda uses 5W-30 oil in the gearbox, so it’s not a temperature issue.