1st Gen Manual transmission - hard to shift when cold
I've got a first gen manual, and this is the first winter I've had it through, and I've noticed lately two things as its been colder:
1. It can be a bear to get into second gear when it is cold. I have to pump the clutch and work it down into the gear.
2. It "clunks" when you shift into second gear. All the other gears are pretty quiet and smooth when I shift, but unless I carefully ease it into second, I hear and feel a sort of a metallic clunk as I pull the shifter back. It seems to have become more pronounced recently, and is more pronounced when cold.
Is this fairly normal? We're talking Houston, TX winter cold, so maybe 30-45F at night...
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