I have a 2006 Honda Accord EX (3.0L) fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission. While I have no major issues with the car, putting the transmission in 3rd gear is sometimes more difficult than it should be.
The gear just doesn’t seem to engage easily and I have to push it a bit harder to feel it click that last .5″. Is this a problem on a car with 68,000 miles that has had every inspection done on time?
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If it’s a hydraulic clutch I would check the clutch fluid level and top off with brake fluid. The clutch reservoir is probably next to the brake fluid if it’s a hydraulic system under the hood of the car. When the fluid gets low, it is hard to select gears and you will grind the gears when you try to shift.
If not hydraulic I would inspect the clutch cable for need of adjustment or replacement. Same with the low fluid issue, a worn out clutch cable can cause hard to shift and gear grinding issues.
Worst case scenario is there is internal wear inside the transmission or the clutch is worn out. I would not be too surprised if the clutch needs to be replaced at this mileage. You want to replace the clutch disc, the pressure plate and release or pilot bearing when you do the job.
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