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Old 08-25-2019, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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98 manual transmission fluid

Hello everyone. I'm new to this group. Just picked up a 98 prelude really cheap. Body in great condition and motor strong. Clutch and tranny not so much. I haven't owned a honda in over 20 years so I need some info. I searched online and everywhere says to use only genuine honda fluid. Is that what everyone uses or is there a certain royal purple or any other brands anyone recommends. Now the big problem. Guy I got it from said the clutch went out on him. Took to a shop and had an exedy clutch put in. He went to pick it up and the shop didnt charge him for it. They said they couldn't get 5th gear to work anymore. So he parked it for a year and I bought it and drove it 2 hours home. Ran fine except no 5th gear. 2 days later I go to drive and in reverse, 1st amd 2nd gears I hear a knocking with a grind to it, but still accelerates as normal. When I shift to 3rd and 4th, no noise. Any thoughts or ideas other than me taking to the shop to get it ripped apart? Thanks everyone. Also, car only has 100,000 on it. Previous owner had it 10 years. No engine light on, and all electrical seems to work
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updated question. does a manual 5 speed out of an sh model fit in a base model.

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Hey Jeeper, the forum is pretty quiet these days.

Don't know if the type of fluid is that critical, but when I did mine I just grabbed the stuff from Honda. May just be hype, but it's not something we change that often.

As for your tranny problems, I'm not sure about it, but before anything I'd check the shift linkages especially at the tranny. If I recall it's not tough to get at and could be warn or contaminated.

If it's not that, I'd likely just grab an exact replacement from JDM or such, usually not too expensive.

As for SH, I also can't say, but I think there is a bit more to it, electronics and dash indications, not really sure. Maybe have a look at the Factory Workshop Manual.

Good luck with it.
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thanks bud. I ended up buying a used transmission and bolted it in. all problems seem to be fixed now. thanks for the info.
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Congrats, good work.

You'll love the car. Front wheel drive isn't the most fun, but the Prelude is a great car.

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