I have a 95 Honda Accord 5 speed manual transmission. When I start my car in the morning it is impossible for me to put it into gear without jamming it in gear and when I switch from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd etc it sounds like the clutch isn't engaging fully because it makes a grinding noise when I put it into gear. Eventually the longer I drive throughout the course of the day the transmission goes back to normal and is smooth shifiting in and out of gears. Does anyone know what the problem could be and how I could fix it or am I going to eventually have to bite the bullet and buy a new transmission?
The problem should be with the clutch rather than the transmission itself. With handbrakes engaged and brake pedal depressed, depress clutch, engage 1st gear and start engine. Shift out of gear and without releasing the clutch pedal, shift into another gear, is it easy to engine without the gears crashing?
What is the clutch pedal height when releasing the clutch at take off? You could have a bad master cylinder that is not providing sufficient slave cylinder movement. Do you have clutch fluid losses issues?