I have a 91 civic 3-door with 140k km (european) on it.
Im finding it increasingly hard to shift gear from 1st to 2nd...The
problem seems to go away after the 20-30 mins of driving...All the
other gear changes seem fine....Im thinking its one of two
things...time for a tranny oil change or adjusting the clutch cable
(since the change seems easier when the clutch is floored)...any
Shift cable bushings are far more likely as the cause of the problem.
They can be lubricated, which will extend their life (if done properly)
or they can be replaced (good for another 16 years!).
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This is a good time for a tranny oil change. First to second seems the be
the first shift affected by low lube, and new oil should make a big
improvement. Honda MTL is preferred, although others swear by Redline MTL.
That indicates to me that you need to adjust your clutch cable. It's cheap
(you can do it yourself) and if it doesn't fix it then you can look
elsewhere. It sounds to me like it's not de-clutching sufficiently.
I would expect the effect of the clutch dragging to be approximately the
same at all speeds.
My last work truck was doing the same thing - hard 1-2 upshift, worse at
higher speeds and always worse than the downshift - but I couldn't get the
garage to bother with it. After a few months the gears started howling, and
I was nearly a hundred miles from home. After the tranny was filled the
shifting was much more normal.
Well....Today i made sure the clutch is ok....I made the slipping test
where you put the car into 4th, handbrake on and let out the clutch
with the engine dying as soon as I let it out...so at least it isnt
slipping. Still need to take the car to the mechanic for the oil/cable
check....Also to clarify...the problem I have is changing to 2nd gear
at higher speeds..ex. coasting...(not ideal i know i know :) ) ...not
revs...actually with the car at high revs the problem seems to be less
(i.e. w/ choke engaged)....Thanks for your guys help
The test for the opposite - a dragging clutch - can be done by engaging
first or second gear with the clutch in and the car stationary, then
shifting out of gear and right back in without releasing the clutch. If the
shift back in gear is effortless, the clutch isn't dragging. If the shifter
resists going right back into gear, the clutch is dragging.
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