2006 RSX-S, 20K miles
My car is going in soon for an already diagnosed replacement of the
I would like to know what components are accessible or relatively easy
to access while that procedure is being done so I can make a request
to check things out while they're in there. (For example can the clutch
be inspected? how about transmission/synchros?)
The only other issue I have is shifting is notchier and less agreeable than
when the car was brand new and all upshifts/downshifts were teflon smooth.
20K miles is *very* soon for a clutch release bearing to go south.
I'm not saying you have bad driving habits but driving all the time
with your foot on the clutch pedal *could* cause this - and could also
cause clutch plate early wear problems. While they are replacing the
release bearing, they will have done almost all of the labor that is
needed to replace the clutch as well, if indeed it is excessively or a
good part worn as well. They should certainly look at the clutch but
I'm sure that Tegger will be along soon now, and I'll bow to his
knowledge and suggestions on this.
For what it's worth...
Is this being done under warranty (I hope)? If so, it sounds like the
bearing had a particular defect and all should be well when it is completed.
If the shifting is still not as good as new, you can request a gear lube
change. The dealer will use the Honda good stuff.
When I change a throw out bearing, I do NOT pull the clutch plate as
long as there is no evidence of shards of the clutch disc surface
material anywhere. The edge of the clutch disc is visible, and, I look
at the release fingers on the pressure plate, to make sure they are not
damaged, and are all equal.
I inspect the throwout bearing shift shaft, for bent, worn, burned
areas, where the bad bearing might have seized and spun, and I can check
the rubber dust boot.
I also observe the clutch actuation system, for leaks on a hydralic
system, or rusted worn cable (I work on many makes/models). I ensure
the 'transmission' lubricant level is correct.
It is actually a transaxle, combining the differential and the
transmission in one unit.
You mention synchros, and if you are hearing a bit of noise from them,
it is a transaxle overhaul, a much greater and more involved procedure...
definitely clutch disk; if there are many miles on the clutch, might
make sense to replace it now rather than run up another $500 in labor
in a couple of years.
Also, flywheel, after clutch is removed; "proper practice" is to
always resurface flywheel when replacing clutch, but my expert
mechanic just checks it over for flatness without removing it and so
far, I've had no problems.
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