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Posted: 4/22/2014 2:17:49 PM EDT
Hey guys, I'm looking at selling my 2004 Civic pretty soon and have an annoying problem I'd like to get fixed first.
Sometimes it doesn't want to shift into reverse. There's nothing blocking it, no grinding...it's just like there's nothing there and I don't hear the telltale "snick" sound of it going into gear...it kind of feels mushy. After a few times it will eventually go into gear and work fine.

Any ideas what it might be? Expensive/cheap to repair?

Thanks for any help.
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 2:30:56 PM EDT
How old is it? Shifter bushings might be worn out either on the shifter end or the transmission end. Pretty easy fix, more a PITA because of the tight space.
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 2:32:43 PM EDT
About time for a new clutch and pressure plate.
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 2:52:30 PM EDT
2004 w/ 103,000k on it

Thanks guys
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 2:53:16 PM EDT
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About time for a new clutch and pressure plate.
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wouldn't that effect all the gears not just reverse?
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 3:28:15 PM EDT
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wouldn't that effect all the gears not just reverse?
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Originally Posted By fxntime:
About time for a new clutch and pressure plate.


wouldn't that effect all the gears not just reverse?


Always seems to affect reverse first.
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 3:45:04 PM EDT
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Always seems to affect reverse first.
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Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
About time for a new clutch and pressure plate.


wouldn't that effect all the gears not just reverse?


Always seems to affect reverse first.


Ok gotcha.

What sort of prices should I expect to pay for these possibilities?
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 4:14:22 PM EDT
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Ok gotcha.

What sort of prices should I expect to pay for these possibilities?
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Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
About time for a new clutch and pressure plate.


wouldn't that effect all the gears not just reverse?


Always seems to affect reverse first.


Ok gotcha.

What sort of prices should I expect to pay for these possibilities?


$700-$1000 if you pay someone to do it.

Check the master and slave unit to make sure they are not leaking internally first.
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 4:22:14 PM EDT
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$700-$1000 if you pay someone to do it.

Check the master and slave unit to make sure they are not leaking internally first.
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Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Originally Posted By RolandofGilead:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
About time for a new clutch and pressure plate.


wouldn't that effect all the gears not just reverse?


Always seems to affect reverse first.


Ok gotcha.

What sort of prices should I expect to pay for these possibilities?


$700-$1000 if you pay someone to do it.

Check the master and slave unit to make sure they are not leaking internally first.



Ok will do. Thanks a lot. $700 totally isn't worth it for a car I'm going to sell anyway....
Link Posted: 4/24/2014 5:56:15 PM EDT
Could be a number of things.

Reverse isn't synchronized, but all forward gears are. If you have a hydraulic problem, and the clutch isn't completely disengaging, often it'll be tough to get into reverse. Does it grind at all when you try to get into reverse?

Have you tried double clutching it before putting it into reverse? Basically shift into neutral with the car stopped, let out the clutch, then push the clutch in and shift into reverse. Does it get better? Putting it in neutral with the clutch out (and the car stopped) will spin up the input shaft and can sometimes help align the dog clutch to the splines.

It might just be shifter bushings (at the shifter or on the transmission). If things get squishy and the cable aren't correctly lined up, it can get hard to shift.

RF

Link Posted: 4/24/2014 5:58:30 PM EDT
Nope no grinding at all, just sort of "soft" when it doesn't engage right. I'll try double clutching next time it does it. Oddly enough it hasn't done it now in a few days....though now the damn airbag light is on lol
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 3:20:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/25/2014 3:22:31 AM EDT by GUNGUY148]
Due to reverse being unsynchronized it can be hard to engage which in turn wears out bushings, linkages, etc. Its pretty common on most vehicles for rev to be a slight pita to get into. I wouldn't worry to much about it myself.

ETA: So basically what refurb said
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 6:43:44 AM EDT
Thanks everyone. Not going to worry about it since I'm selling it I think, just not worth it. I did get the airbag light to reset though so thats good
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