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From your description, there could be 3 different problem.
1. Gear shift linkages. Excessive wear of the linkages has resulted in the gear lever having excessive free movement when gear is engaged.
2. Clutch system. Could be hydraulics or the clutch has failed.
Check the clutch fluids level. If level is low, top up and bleed is possible. If not, pump the pedal a few times each time releasing it slowly. If pedal height increases, try engaging gears again.
Check the clutch push rod free travel. Excessive free travel would not allow the clutch master cylinder to provide sufficient travel of the slave cylinder.
Do not start vehicle. Try engaging through the gears. Repeat a few times, is it easy to engage? If yes, the linkage is not the cause though it may have excessive free travel.
Apply brakes, handbrake and engage 1st gear.
Start engine, does the engine try to pull the vehicle as if the clutch is partially released?
If no, shift to neutral without releasing the clutch pedal. Shift into any gears, are you able to shift?
Inability to shift into 3rd or 4th.
The above two items could cause this as well as a bad trans. It could be the synchroniser rings are bad or it could be due to the wrong gear oil used. A high viscosity oil would cause the problem as Honda recommends only low viscosity gear oil.
Test the hydraulics first, that can be the root cause of all.
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 AT 11:00 PM