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    1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    I am replacing my clutch in my Prelude. When the car is on, I can't shift into gear with the clutch in, nor knowing that the clutch cable is as tight as it can go, and even with resetting the cable and slowly tightening it looking for the grab in the pedal - it still just goes back and forth with ease (the pedal). When the car is off it goes in gear PERFECT. Here's some photos...
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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Did you check to make sure the clutch pedal assembly wasn't broken

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by Shane86 View Post
    Did you check to make sure the clutch pedal assembly wasn't broken
    Oh yeah, the pedal is all connected and straight, the clutch arm that comes off the transmission works like a charm.

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    The part that holds the cable under the dash is it ok

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    1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by Shane86 View Post
    The part that holds the cable under the dash is it ok
    Yes sir.



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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by 86'HPSi View Post
    Yes sir.


    Okay just curious cuz that's where mine broke. And the little arm on the transmission there's a bolt that holds the fingers and push the throw out bearing is that bolt okay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane86 View Post
    Okay just curious cuz that's where mine broke. And the little arm on the transmission there's a bolt that holds the fingers and push the throw out bearing is that bolt okay
    Yes sir, the bearing operates appropriately.


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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by 86'HPSi View Post
    Yes sir, the bearing operates appropriately.

    Okay if those two pieces are good possibly the synchros inside the transmission are bad because your old clutch and flywheel really don't look that bad. What kind of fluids in the transmission or how was the level of the fluid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane86 View Post
    Okay if those two pieces are good possibly the synchros inside the transmission are bad because your old clutch and flywheel really don't look that bad. What kind of fluids in the transmission or how was the level of the fluid
    10W-30 Castrol GTX. The original transmission never got fluid in it, the guy before me replaced the clutch, didn't put fluid back in it. So, I had to buy a new/used transmission 160k miles on it, put it in myself and left the previous owners clutch in, new cv axles, seals, rack and pinion, thermostat, and radiator. Got it all back in a working and running, drove it for three weeks, went to a friends house Saturday night-driving fine. Sunday morning the shifting was a little tough made it to work at 9AM, got off at 4pm got in my car started it, let the e brake off and went to put it into reverse and it wouldn't go without grinding, nor 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th. I turn it off goes into reverse like a champ, start it while in reverse, pop it out of gear with no clutch, turn it off, put it in first, started while in gear, drove to the other side of the parking lot, shut it off, and called my Pa to come tow this POS home because I didn't want to dry shift my "new" transmission. When I was pulling it out this time I drained it and everything I put in it drained out. So no leaks.. I'm befuddled.

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Reverse doesn't have a Synchro it kind of makes me think that the clutch cable is stretched, throwout bearings No Good. Maybe someone else will chime in on the subject

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    My problem was one of the welds broke up under the foot pedal thing and everything look good but when you hit the pedal the metal would Flex and not give the clutch arm enough pull

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by Shane86 View Post
    My problem was one of the welds broke up under the foot pedal thing and everything look good but when you hit the pedal the metal would Flex and not give the clutch arm enough pull
    True, which I encountered and put a new clutch cable on and still.. Wish I could call out to those who might now what's going on here.

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Well for one that fly wheel is toasted need to be resurfaced or a new one. The face should look like a brand new brake rotor.

    If I am understanding the clutch cable adjustment is all the way out? I dunno what the prelude one looks like but check at the bell housing end that it is in the bracket correctly and then readust it so you can get into 1st with out grinding car running. Reverse can be bit hard to get into in any car I would work on first gear myself. Too loose and the clutch will slip you will know it right away. Your clutch fork arm should have some free play at rest ,that means loose at the cable end. There is a diagram some place.


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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldblueaccord View Post
    Well for one that fly wheel is toasted need to be resurfaced or a new one. The face should look like a brand new brake rotor.

    If I am understanding the clutch cable adjustment is all the way out? I dunno what the prelude one looks like but check at the bell housing end that it is in the bracket correctly and then readust it so you can get into 1st with out grinding car running. Reverse can be bit hard to get into in any car I would work on first gear myself. Too loose and the clutch will slip you will know it right away. Your clutch fork arm should have some free play at rest ,that means loose at the cable end. There is a diagram some place.


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    I know of what you speak, I bought a new clutch cable and started with it backed off all the way and took the slack off the arm, (it's a cable - no hydraulic system) and looked for that perfect spot you're talking about and after I installed the new cable still no clutch, I can't force the gears in, but when I have the car off I could go into any gear I want. You know drive it without the clutch but not once you stop and pull it out of gear, I don't want to wear the transmission as is it's an 86. If that's what it needs and that's what I'm thinking new all together I don't want any funny business and have to keep taking the transmission out over some silly clutch problem.

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Any luck on this. Maybe a picture of your cable set up on the trans side.
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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Is this part broke or is that how it's made??
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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by Shane86 View Post
    Is this part broke or is that how it's made??

    Shit yeah busted in 2. Old eyes 0 young eyes 1.

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldblueaccord View Post
    Shit yeah busted in 2. Old eyes 0 young eyes 1.

    Good spot!
    I know I seen it earlier and one of the first things I asked the guy was the pedal mechanism broken in anyway. The same thing happened to me and when I looked up there I couldn't tell either

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    86'hpsi If that little pice is broken that is your problem. I end up bending mine away and getting a big washer to hold the cable to the firewall

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by Shane86 View Post
    86'hpsi If that little pice is broken that is your problem. I end up bending mine away and getting a big washer to hold the cable to the firewall
    What an idiot. Der der der. Yeah, it's uh broken..

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by 86'HPSi View Post
    What an idiot. Der der der. Yeah, it's uh broken..
    I did the same thing pulled the transmission out and everything until I figured out what the problem was

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Oh boy. The is the genius club up in here, eh?
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    1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Oh boy. The is the genius club up in here, eh?
    I'm into keeping up with it and don't mind getting dirty, it just all new to me. I've never done any kind of overhaul like this so I'm learning. Even the greatest minds miss things. Is funny though, just glazed over it

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    Re: 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0 Si

    Quote Originally Posted by 86'HPSi View Post
    I'm into keeping up with it and don't mind getting dirty, it just all new to me. I've never done any kind of overhaul like this so I'm learning. Even the greatest minds miss things. Is funny though, just glazed over it
    Did you get it going?

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