How far can a Manual transmission go without a check plug in it?

Tiny
CHRISS
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  • 2007 HONDA CIVIC
  • 24,000 MILES
My mechanic says that the last person that worked on my car left the check plug out on the manual transmission. Now fifth gear pops in to neutral and is hard to shift. It was Honda that worked on my car last 6 months ago and just over 3000kms and they say it would not have went that long without a plug.
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Sunday, October 9th, 2011 AT 4:25 PM

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Tiny
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If they mean the, "Fill Plug and/or Chech Oil Level plug", you most certainly could cause damage to the transmission in several ways. This is an open plug where everything the road can dish out, will get in there. It is about 3/4" in diameter and in a place, passenger side just below the the end of the rear of the engine compartment, so you can imagine every splach of road debris, rocks, everything your tires can throw in there when it hits a puddle, etc.
On top of that, you never knew if you had oil in it if someone did not finish their job and put it back in place. When you tighten them up, they sdon't or should not come out.
Then, oil would be constantaly spilling out, around turns, going over bumps, etc.
If you have gone to a dealership for trnsmission maintenance, You should demeandthat the fluid be drained, althoguh they might have already, and let you inspect it with them.
Honda transmissions just don't faill at 24000 miles, that is brand new.
Demand a new transmission, go to the Better Business Bureau, etc.
I don't even think the oil is suposed to be changed until 30000 miles and therefore the level was the only thing to check. So, if the level cap is missing, it is Hondas' fault any way you look at it.

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Sunday, October 9th, 2011 AT 5:18 PM

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