My name is Ted, I have worked on Honda's for 16 years. The 1st thing I would like you to do is raise the car & look for a leak around the trans. Look around the end of trans, see if there is a leak at the end cover gasket, if not there, check axle seals where axles go into trans. 5th gear is in the end cover, & I think reverse is also. It's been awhile since I had one apart. Anyway, the 1st thing you will have problems with when low on oil is 5th & reverse because they are higher up than the other gears. The plug is on the right side of trans. & Is a size 17 or 19 mm. Remove plug, car needs to be level so if you jack the frt., Jack the rear to same height. W/plug out, stick finger in hole, you should get oil on finger just inside hole. It may even drip out when plug removed. If all of this is o.K. & Oil full, no leaks, IT IS O.K. TO DRIVE. So then I would like you to ck. Shifter bushings & shift linkage. If the shifter feels "looser" than it use to, or "sloppy" so to speak, this may be your problem. I have been out of mechanics for a couple years & can't remember exactly how the bushings are, I know there used to be a set at the bottom of shifter then the double cable is on the top of trans. The best thing I can tell you for this is to go online to "Mitchell1. Com" & rent Service Manual for your car. It will give you all the details you need to ck. For adjustments or how to replace the bushings. It's only $15.00 after tax. I use all the time because it also gives you all Technicall Service Bullitens & Recalls for you car. Even if you have to get repairs done at a repair shop, you will have all the info you need & this will help you from getting ripped off ! Let us know how you make out. If you have more questions, e-mail me at,
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Friday, September 18th, 2009 AT 3:35 AM