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So I've had this problem for a while and it is finally bugging me

When I first start my tsx or if i have been driving it for a while it has a hard time going into gear...it grinds in reverse unless I run through the gears for a while it loosens up...when I try and put it in 1st the car moves forward a little bit - almost like clutch drag

This is mostly only startup - as I drive it gets better - my clutch fluid does get a little low so I'm thinking the slave cylinder or master is leaking

Seen correct? Any other ideas?
 

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I'd check out the slave & master cylinders.
 

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I just went through this issue. Heres what you should try:

1) First flush the system out, meaning bleed the system until fresh fluid comes out (Reason: You may have water, dirt, or air in the line causing your issue) If that does not fix it move to 2

2) Replace the slave cyl, and bleed the system again. (Reason: A tired or worn slave will not push out all the way causing improper engagement) If this does not work move to 3

3) Replace the master, this is a very annoying job on any other car this would take an hour or less but be prepared to spend 2-4 doing this.

For me I had to do all 3 and I also replaced the clutch pedal assembly. All of these steps are ASSUMING that:
-your clutch is not going bad or slipping
-your throw out bearing is in working order
-and your flywheel is not damaged

Start with the cheapest fixes first and than move up. If you do end up needing a master unbolting the brake booster from the firewall will help you get the CMC line out much easier. GL hope that helped point you in the right direction
 

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So I've had this problem for a while and it is finally bugging me

When I first start my tsx or if i have been driving it for a while it has a hard time going into gear...it grinds in reverse unless I run through the gears for a while it loosens up...when I try and put it in 1st the car moves forward a little bit - almost like clutch drag

This is mostly only startup - as I drive it gets better - my clutch fluid does get a little low so I'm thinking the slave cylinder or master is leaking

Seen correct? Any other ideas?
Your clutch is not disengaging completely. If the slave cylinder or lines are leaking at all, you will loose fluid, so look for residue. If the master cylinder is leaking, it just allows fluid to go back into the reservoir, so you won't see any leaks.

Follow the steps listed by tottenham12712. :tu:
 

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The same exact issue turned out to be my clutch disc, hope this helps.
 

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Adjusted my clutch pedal travel arm. Solved my issues completely. No more grind into reverse and smooth as silk into 1st and 2nd.....butter smooth. Car was not even driveable. When you pushed the clutch in to put the shifter into first gear the car would start to creep forward and wouldnt even go into first.
Wish I tried looking for a pedal adjustment a long time ago.
 

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Grinding into reverse

TSX lovers, At 120000 on my 04,I'm starting to have the problems you described. I will start with the pedal adjustment (cheap way out) then the slave and than the master. I doubt it's the clutch as I don't beat on the car, and I now know that's not the first place to look. Thanks so much.
 

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Alright I am new to the forum here and need some help!
About a month ago I purchased a 2004 tsx 6 speed with nav. It has 120k miles on it. Two days after rolling off the lot the starter went out and the dealership replaced the starter free of charge. Now I have been having a really hard time shifting into first. I have to be rolling to actually get it into first. When i manage to shift into first i come to a complete stop and the car will roll forward ever so slowly. Going down the road shifting varies, some times it is smooth-ish and other times it is super clunky. Reverse grinds at every attempt to shift. Sometimes when i pump the clutch peddle it will be easier to shift into a gear but would grind. I took it to my local Honda dealership thinking that it would be the slave/master cylinder and an easy fix. My uncle who I trust said that he thinks the synchronizers are bad and said it would be more cost effective to buy a used transmission and swap them compared to rebuilding it. I think he is honest in this in that he said he is willing to do the repair on the side. I plan on taking it to the dealership I purchased it from to get a second opinion. I wanted to come to the community and see what y'all think? all help is extremely appreciated!!!!! thanks!
 

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Hello, I'm having this exact same problem with my Acura TSX 6MT 135K miles and even got the exact same response regarding the transmission. Did you resolve this issue?
 

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Hello, I'm having this exact same problem with my Acura TSX 6MT 135K miles and even got the exact same response regarding the transmission. Did you resolve this issue?
Yeah it was the clutch slave cylinder that was leaking. If the slave is ok then it's the clutch master cylinder
 

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I Will try to change my slave cylinder and some new fluid. Will you recommend getting an OE one or should i just go for an un original and save some money ?
 

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Same issue here.. 207km and I have trouble shifting into all gears especially if I'm at high RPM's. I took the advise on most of the threads to replace the CM and CS cylinders and it didn't fix the issue. The release point on the clutch pedal is still about <25% off of the floor and its still stiff but no clutch slipping what so ever... What's my next step... Clutch? Syncros? ... :mecry:
 
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