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02 MANUAL 5TH GEAR ISSUE

2002 Honda Civic • 4 cylinder FWD Manual • 138,000 miles

Hello,
I have a honda civic 2002 lx that is a 5 spd manual. A few months ago, the gear shifter began to pop out when placed into fifth gear.
This took anywhere from 30 sec to a minute. This is the only gear this problem occurs in. I used to be able to hold it in and just keep my hand on it and I would feel it try to come in but now the shifter comes out of fifth gear the instant you put it in, along with some grinding noise.
I have heard that this is an issue with the synchros because they were made of brass and are flimsy. I have heard the solution is aftermarket carbon steel synchros that are really made for performance but outlast oem synchros. Is this true? I took it into a transmission shop and they want to rebuild the entire transmission, yet I have seen stories of people doing this even with the same exact car and problem that were almost new (20-30%2
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88v8fiero
January 27, 2011.



Sorry it was cut off at (20-30,000) miles and 10-20,000 miles the problem was back again. I dont want to rebuild the transmission just to have it screw up again in 6 months or less. Fyi I am not the first owner and car has about 138,000 miles on it. 5th gear is the only time this occurs. Thanks a ton!

Tiny
88v8fiero
Jan 27, 2011.
Also all fluids trans wise have been checked by mechanic and are all fine.

Tiny
88v8fiero
Jan 27, 2011.
This is a fault with the 5th gear and I do not see the necessity to rebuild the complete transmission. You can only repair the 5th gear but it might not be the synchro gear alone. The hub and sleeve might need to be replace if it is bad.

Usually synchro gears are very lasting and one of the most common fault would be lack of transmission fluid. If repairs were carried out and not all related parts were replaced, it might not last very long as wear of the hubs would result in premature wear of the synchro gears.

KHLow2008
Jan 27, 2011.