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89 csx 1 gear hard shift

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My 89 CSX VNT has only 820 original miles and Iím finding it hard to shift from neutral to first gear. Reverse gear, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th is very smooth. Anything I should be looking at?
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Re: 89 csx 1 gear hard shift

Did you adjust the shifter adjustments? Do you have a FSM?
NAJ posted a good write up the other day
I assume the oil level is good?
cables OK? you can disconnect them at the MTX and can you place into gear by hand.
Lets hope you don't have a bent fork or broken fork pad.
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I will look up the post from Naj. What does FSM and MTX stand for?
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Re: 89 csx 1 gear hard shift

Factory Service Manual and Manual Transmission.
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Re: 89 csx 1 gear hard shift

the oil fill , check level hole in in the end cover of the trans
THAT happens to be behind the plastic splash shield in the driver's front wheel well

- the cover hanging down from the frame towards the front of the area

- probably has a tire rub mark on it from turning right...
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Re: 89 csx 1 gear hard shift

if you haven't checked the trans oil level

DO THAT .. it will likely be low
and when it gets real low things lock up & go bang
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Re: 89 csx 1 gear hard shift

clutch cable adjuster works by lifting clutch pedal all the way then pressing back down
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Re: 89 csx 1 gear hard shift

on top of the trans , at the back there's an A or V ish shaped bracket .. right above the differential portion of the case

the shifter cables are clipped to this bracket - check the cables are secure in the bracket and the clips are fully installed
..they can slip out sometimes .. and fall off too
(smart guy keeps a couple in the glovebox..with a distributor pick up plate ...))
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