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Old 02-08-2017, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default 2007 civic SI - Hard to get into gears

For a few months I've been having trouble getting my car into any of the gears. Clutch is in all the way, but the shifter fights me going into gear. It's alot worse the colder it is. Anything below freezing temperatures. And sometimes it's bad just over freezing. Sometimes after around 30 mins of driving it seems to either completely disappear or it will get marginally better. I only noticed it at the beginning of winter when the temperatures dropped. Also, I can feel the car start trying to move forward when I'm at a stop trying to get it into first, as if the clutch isn't engaged all the way. And it doesn't grind when I do get it to it into gear (although it has happened a couple times *shudder*) Any ideas what this could be? I'm not a mechanic by any means but I do have a small amount of automotive knowledge. Just enough to get me into trouble haha. Thanks for any help.
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Old 02-09-2017, 05:14 AM   #2
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Clutch master and/or slave cylinder is most likely bad. Check the fluid level in the resorvoir, check for fluid leaking on the inside of the firewall as well.
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Would that cause it to be worse in the freezing temperatures? On my way home today it was 7 degrees Celsius (Warmed up a bit) and it shifted great. It was just tough to get into gear for the first two shifts.
The fluid level looked fine and I didn't see any leaks. I'll have better look when I get home though. I've also noticed the pedal is a tiny bit soft after its been sitting for a little but. Thanks for any help/insight.
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It could. If the pedal feels a bit soft that's a really good indicator that either the master are slave are failing. If you put it in neutral and pump the clutch pedal a few times does pedal feel and shifting improve?
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It does get a little bit better. It's still not great though. I'll look into replacing those this weekend.
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Just thought I'd update this post. I bled the clutch line yesterday. What came out was very black. I flushed it all the way through until it was clean fluid coming out. It hasn't gone below freezing yet, but so far it feels much better. No issue getting it into gear at all. So Hopefully that solved it. If not, my next step will be to replace the master and slave cylinders. Thanks for the help
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