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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I've actually been having this issue too, this Phoenix winter has been colder than normal but the shifting thing is more of an annoyance than hindering my getting home. If it keeps up I'll probably try to change the fluid, great thread!
I changed the fluid right before winter and even on cool fall mornings it would be rough to get it into first. After the fluid change it made it much easier. Not buttery like my old honda was after a fresh fluid but definitely noticeable. I bought 6qts MT-85 from redline. Bought it off amazon.
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