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I have a 2004 tsx 6 speed and it drives fine and feels like I have no lost of power. Whenever i go into third gears ,it makes a noise that sounds like a fan hitting something . If anyone could tell me or even point me in any direction about whats wrong that would help me out alot! check the tag out for the video
 

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First off, I would avoid that gear if you continue to drive the car. This sounds like something inside the gearbox itself.
Check the trans fluid level, and for leaks. Drain the transmission fluid and look for metal particles. Anything that actually feels gritty, like the size of a normal grain of sand, is indicative of a problem. Anything larger than a grain of sand means something is definitely tearing itself apart, and quickly. My guess is the third/fourth gear hub is stripped beyond help on the third gear side. If all other gears still shift fine, you change your trans fluid a couple of times to help flush out particulate, and you avoid third altogether you can probably keep going for quite a while. I'd also recommend installing a magnetic drain plug. There is a magnet inside the trans case but it is not accessible or even viewable unless you open the case. Having another magnet on the plug let's you see how much metal is floating around.
Otherwise it is likely time to rebuild or replace the transmission.
If you want to rebuild... I have my old TSX gear stacks sitting in a box in my garage waiting for their day.
 

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First off, I would avoid that gear if you continue to drive the car. This sounds like something inside the gearbox itself.
Check the trans fluid level, and for leaks. Drain the transmission fluid and look for metal particles. Anything that actually feels gritty, like the size of a normal grain of sand, is indicative of a problem. Anything larger than a grain of sand means something is definitely tearing itself apart, and quickly. My guess is the third/fourth gear hub is stripped beyond help on the third gear side. If all other gears still shift fine, you change your trans fluid a couple of times to help flush out particulate, and you avoid third altogether you can probably keep going for quite a while. I'd also recommend installing a magnetic drain plug. There is a magnet inside the trans case but it is not accessible or even viewable unless you open the case. Having another magnet on the plug let's you see how much metal is floating around.
Otherwise it is likely time to rebuild or replace the transmission.
If you want to rebuild... I have my old TSX gear stacks sitting in a box in my garage waiting for their day.
Thank you for informing me . I did take it to a transmission specialist and he told me something similar but I just wanted to make sure. I have already planned on selling it.At first I wanted to keep it but I just don’t want to go through the process.
 

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Gonna be a hard sale in its current condition. Of course, fixing it would incur a cost you would not get back in a sale either. Only worth fixing if you keep it and use it. Parting out would probably get you the best return, but is also a process that takes time, effort and space... If you do part out I may be interested in some interior and exterior bits depending on condition ;-)
 

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The whole car is in excellent condition besides the transmission. I have a few offering 2k for the whole car as it’s getting more rare to get a tsx manual .
 

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2k is about as much as I would offer on a clean 6MT with a bad gearbox as well. Seems relatively fair to both parties.
 

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Yeah I figure . The car is clean for its age and as far as I drove it , I’ve had no problem til the transmission gave out .
 

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I’ll upload some just to see what you think about it
Will it drive in 3rd at all? Either way, it’s an internal issue. On the bright side, if you get a rebuild done you can get a performance clutch/flywheel, motor mounts, modify gear ratios inside, add a limited-slip diff etc.

info on the car?
 

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Yes 3rd still drives but the transmission is pretty much done . I wanted to keep the car but I’ve decided to let it go. I grabbed a 9th gen si .
 
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