Stuck stick shift - 96 Honda Prelude

manual-transmissions
cylinder
transmissions

#1

Sometimes it just won’t get into gear. It feels physically stuck, like I might almost break the handle off when I try and put it in gear. It is sporadic, happening sometimes when I start my car after it has been sitting for a while. I eventually force it into gear and then it is ok after a few minutes of driving. I just had the transmission fluid changed but this appears to have had no effect. Someone has suggested the slave cylinder may need to be flushed? Any suggestions?!?!?!


#2

If the transmission shifts normally with the engine turned off, then the problem is in the clutch, not the transmission. It sounds like your clutch is not dis-engaging all the way, making it hard to get the transmission in gear. I suggest you check the clutch fluid level for a start.

Even if the fluid level is correct, there could be an internal leak in the master or slave cylinder.


#3

I second MC’s diagnosis. If the transmision goes into and out of gear with the engine off you have a clutch issue. It could be a weak slave cylinder or clutch master cylinder. You might have a small leak also. Next time it acts up try pumping the clutch pedal 4 or 5 times and then see if it goes into gear easier.
~Michael (Dartman69 logged out again)


#4

sounds like the schronizers are going out had same problem on a car


#5

My vote is with MC and Dartman.
(Getting tired of wearing out your LOGIN key, Dartman?)
:slight_smile:


#6

Thank you! I added some clutch fluid and it has loosened up quite a bit. I’m hoping there isn’t a slave cylinder leak, since that would probably mean an entire clutch replacement. Thanks for all your help :slight_smile: