Ok, I have a 1995 Honda Accord LX with 115K miles with a 5 speed clutch
living in NC.
Last year, I drove it into the shop because I could not get it in gear,
especially 1st, but reverse seemed to be all right.
The mechanic took the clutch all apart and could not find anything
wrong with it, and it worked. Unfortunately for me, the next day, he
told me that the clutch cylinder was leaking, and replaced both the
master and slave clutch cylinder for $800. About a month afterwards, I
was experiencing the same [but not as severe] problem, but it went
away. I think he said the work was guareenteed for a year, but he put
nothing in writting.
Now, about 14 months later, I am having the same problem, the car will
not let me push the clutch in gear, even reverse.
Should I have him look at it. Obviously, he will find something else
wrong with the clutch as well. This is my big question!!
The dillemma I have is that I have been sinking $1+K/year into this car
for the last five years. Some of it was to replace the timing belt at
70K as a preventative. Unfortunately, I let the dealer talk me into
replacing the fuel pump, also as a preventative measure. Does it need
I had the exhaust worked on 3 times by 3 different mechanics, most of
them were crooks.
Last month, the breaks needed to be changed.
Three months ago, the CV joint and parts needed to be changed for $1K.
At what point do I just scrap the car? I guess I should have scrapped
it about a year ago.
BTW, the AC has a leak, which cost me another $20 to have the AC
recharged, not including the fact that I brought in my own coolant.
I remember looking at www.ebay.com for parts. I think I can get more
for the parts than at a junk yard, where I got $100 for a Plymoth Colt
'91 with a problem in the exhaust and a deterirating clutch?
The hand knob is hard to manipulate, and does not want to engage.
The thing is I had this exact same problem last year, so would have
expected the mechanic to have fixed it. Should I take it to a dealer
who might be more familiar with the clutch on this particular vehicle?
This year, it has cost me a lot more to repair this vehicle. I think
I am pushing $2K already this year before the clutch job. The car is
valued at $3K tops, especially because it is scratch up and the AC is
leaking as well.
If it happens primarily going into 1rst gear and to a lesser extent 2nd
gear, I would suspect the 1-2 synchronizer hub and rings are worn.
This would require a fairly expensive overhaul to repair. On an Accord
with 115K miles, I would guess lack of trans oil changes would be the
cause of that. Second guess would be too many aggressive shifts with
improper clutch timing. These are not known for wearing out that early
Misalignment of main and counter shafts is a remote possibility, but
you would probably have some horrible bearing noises to accompany the
Otherwise something wrong with the clutch pedal adjustment (RARELY
needs to be tampered with on your vehicle) or a broken component
somewhere in the clutch/hydraulic linkage could cause insufficient
clutch release and resulting difficulty in shifting.
They will be able to diagnose it properly as would any competent
mechanic. I trust you shop on price alone based on your previous
comments, so good luck to you.
Toyota MDT in MO
If you take it to a Honda dealership and get it fixed by people who
understand Honda manual transmissions, the problem will go away.
Honda cars are among the most reliable autos on the planet, provided
that you do not abuse them, and you take proper care of them.
I have a 93 Acura Integra with 245,000 miles on it. most recent tank of
gas was 30.5 MPG. We've replaced the brakes once, time to do it again.
We've done the 90,000 mile scheduled maintenance twice and its nearing
time for the 3rd one of these. it uses less than a pint of oil between
I agree with the other poster that suggested that you are unhappy with
this car for other reasons (doesn't fit your image of who you are, too
old, too ragged in appearance) and want a newer vehicle. Fix this one
properly and it will give many many more years of fine service to some
Actually, I would hope not. Years ago, Subaru had a commercial that
said that "A car is metal, glass, and plastic, and if your car
impresses your friends, you live amongst snobs."
A quote I use all of the time.
Unfortunately, the car is valued at $3000 tops, and scraped up with the
AC gone (Im living in the South). I just don't want to be sinking
money into something which is costing me more to maintain. I know it
is a good car, but I swear I must have sunk $4K into it over the last 3
Secondly, it is hard to guage a mechanic. I trusted my old home town
mechanic until his ex-wife called him a crook at a BBQ.
Robert Gammon wrote:
I know the feeling. I finally went from an '89 Prelude Si 5spd to an '05
Accord 5sp manual. Loved the Prelude but cost of maintenance was getting
annoying, especially when unusual things go wrong.
After a year of driving the Accord, it's nice to not really worry about
unusual maintenance and know the car is reliable. Just oil changes, rotate
tires, etc. Have car payments now but the peace of mind is great. Also the
a/c was out on the Prelude and other little minor things I knew had to be
addressed sooner rather than later. I'm in Maryland and it's great to have
working a/c again! (Also to defrost the windows).
I've discovered it's best to find a good mechanic/shop or dealership and
stick to them. They're more willing to help out if something strange comes
I don't find $1k a year outrageous for car maintenance. My logic is;
what could I buy for $1k a year that I would like as well. I drive old
cars, my newest one is an '87 pickup. I seldom spend more that $1k per
year on any of them, but I can do my own repairs. Sounds to me like you
want a new car and are looking for support to justify the idea. As to
the E-bay idea, A car is always worth more for parts even when they are
brand new. When I worked at a dealership they took a new pickup apart
and sold it over the parts counter @ 4-5 times the retail of the truck.
But, it is a tremendous amount of work and if you are not mechanically
inclined enough to replace a clutch cylinder, how are you going to do
at taking one completely apart? I have problems getting things apart
sometimes, and I have a lift, torches, air tools and a lot of specialty
wrenches / tools.
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