Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Shifting has become much harder, especially 1st gear and reverse, and sometimes I can't shift into any gear.

asked by on

I recently bought a pre-owned 2007 Honda S2000 with 2 previous owners and roughly 63,000 miles on it. This weekend I was driving and all of a sudden I could not shift into any gear while I was moving at around 40 miles per hour. After that, I noticed it was harder to shift into gears, especially 1st gear and Reverse. I'm not sure what is wrong, if anything. What are your thoughts?

My car has 63000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi. Usually when a manual transmission is hard to shift, it means that the slave cylinder is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced. The purpose of the slave cylinder is to make shifting of the transmission smooth and effortless for the driver. The clutch master cylinder may also cause this problem as well, but the slave cylinder is most likely the issue. The worst case scenario is that the clutch or the gears in the transmission are starting to fail, but this is not normal for the miles the transmission has on it.

I suggest you have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to determine why the car is hard to shift and suggest the necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Shifting has become much harder, especially 1st gear and reverse, and sometimes I can't shift into any gear.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Gear shifter problem

Because of theft issues, I cant tell you exactly how to release the shifter, but I can tell you that there is a shift interlock that prevents the shifter from moving unless certain conditions are met, like having the brake...

Q: AC is not working

Often times A/C systems stop working due to loss of refrigerant. Low refrigerant pressure means you have a leak. The leak can be a component like the compressor or evaporator core. It can also be something much simpler to repair...

Q: EPS issue on 2002 Honda S2000

EPS systems will communicate with a professional scan tool. Inasmuch as all of the "faults" you refer to are possible, the fastest way to resolve this is to simply download the trouble codes that have set and/or use a real...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...