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One complaint which pops up semi-regularly among RSX owners is difficulty engaging gears. Sometimes, this is after a new clutch has just been installed or other work has been done while other times, it just happens out of the blue. There are a number of issues which can cause difficulty shifting but the usual culprit is the clutch hydraulic system. This is what disengages the disc from the flywheel and if it does not have the correct amount of fluid or if the clutch pedal is improperly adjusted, then the disc is not fully disengaging and that is what the driver feels as "difficulty getting into gear". If this condition is not fixed, then the clutch disc typically gets roasted very prematurely and of course, none of us want to buy and install a clutch more often than we actually need to.

There are a few tests you can use to verify that the hydraulic system either is or isn't the culprit and none of them are difficult, so you should perform these first. Refer to the Helms service manual if you are unclear on any of the terms being used...

1.) Is the clutch pedal pushrod adjusted to spec or, if needed, farther out (often the case with aftermarket pressure plates) than spec?

2.) Is the clutch hydraulic reservoir full of fluid (brake fluid, not transmission fluid)?

3.) Are all the fittings properly tight and have no leaks?

4.) For owners with a cold air intake installed, verify that the tranny change lever counterweight is not physically banging into the intake tube and adjust the tube as needed to clear. If you have trouble shifting only into the forward gears (1, 3, and 5) and have a CAI, this is often an issue.

5.) Can you visually see the piston on the slave cylinder, actuating the clutch fork? Does it appear to have a 1:1 throw with the clutch pedal? You will probably have to have a second person work the pedal while you watch the slave cylinder.

This will eliminate all the "common" complaints about RSX clutch feel. Typically, if the issue does not improve after you address any of these things, then it is either a hardware issue with the hydraulic lines or slave/master cylinders or (more rarely) with the clutch, itself, and then you can make the decision to escalate the level of repair. Again, the Helms manual shows detailed schematics and calls out the procedure for each point discussed, above.

Best of luck with your repairs.
 
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