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87 5 SPEED

1987 Honda Accord

OK replaced clutch components on car last year(pressure plate, clutch disc, release bearing). Driving the other day and suddenly would not shift into gear. Eventually was able to get to shift enough to make it home. Now when I step on clutch with engine running will not shift but when engine is off will shift into all positions. I can start the car if I leave it in gear the car moves but if I try to switch to another gear it won't let me. I am figuring problem with release bearing possibly slipping off of release forks. 150,000 miles on the car. Thanks for the help!
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Eliminator
January 9, 2007.



That vehicle has a cable and is it still connected? Do you still feel good pedal pressure? Your idea on the throwout bearing is one to consider and I doubt I would simply just reconnect it. The fork could be bad or even the bearing could be a touch different than the bearing designed for the fork. I have purchased clutch kits before in the vintage of Honda and gotten the wrong bearing. Ended up changing fork to fit bearing.

Bruce Hunt
Jan 9, 2007.
I checked the cable and it is still connected. I had my wife push in on clutch pedal while I watched cable and it does engage the release arm. I talked to a friend of mine and he said something about maybe being out of hydraulic fluid from the slave cylinder. I don't know if my model car has one or not. I thought you either have a cable or hydraulic. Can you have both and if so where would it be on my car? Thanks again.

Tiny
Eliminator
Jan 9, 2007.
There may be an exception in the world but not in the Honda realm where a vehicle has a cable and hydraulic system. You will have NO slave cylinder. I would venture that the throwout is not connected anymore to the fork. The fork could poorly fit the bearing, the bearing could have chipped where it retains the fork. Regardless, it sure appears that cracking open the tranny from the engine is next to try.

Bruce Hunt
Jan 9, 2007.
Update on status of car. Ok I'm no professional but did the work myself and didn't realize you need to resurface or machine flywheel before installing a new clutch : oops: . So found out from certified mechanic that the flywheel wore out the new clutch because it hadn't been machined. Still did the work myself but bought a new flywheel to go with new clutch. Lesson learned! : Wink: Thanks for all your help. Great site! : P

Tiny
Eliminator
Jan 21, 2007.