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#966 of 1734 1996 GS-R Tranny Problems
Feb 02, 2003 (4:53 pm)
I have a 1996 Green Integra GS-R, 89,800 miles. I had the car up for sale asking $8,000.00 since I bought my Honda Pilot in October, but no buyer and have since decided to keep it. I still love the car. I have been experiencing shifting problems. Clutch doesn't seem to want to let go when shifting out of a gear and doesn't want to take a gear shifting into one. My question is two-fold:
1) estimate for me the cost of replacing the entire clutch so I know I am not getting ripped off?
2)give me the name of a REPUTABLE mechanic that can fix an Acura/Honda in the Staten Island, NY or Central New Jersey Area?
I have had some real beauties in the last year. One guy wanted to charge me $280 to change a brake light switch. I ended up paying $80 after buying the part at Acura Dealer and having Pep Boys put it in. Also, one mechanic changed my radiator and left the plastic on. I over heated the next morning and he wanted to charge me AGAIN. I am banned from that place after the argument I had...like I was going to go back. Thanks in advance for any help.
Feb 28, 2003 (2:36 pm)
There are a lot of Honda/Acura shops in the NY Metro or tristate area. It sounds like you just need a new clutch (disk and pressure plate).
You might want to buy an aftermarket clutch from ACT, their street version. They make excellent clutches and they 're less $$ than Acura OEM. The parts will cost you around $330.
Go to www.honda-tech.com forum. Register and get a username & pw. Do a search first on shops in the NY/NJ area. If can't find anything then post a message asking the guys there for a reputable Honda/Acura shop that is good on tranny & clutch work. Labor at most these shops usually goes for $400, because they have to drop the tranny to install the clutch. If you want better performance, you can install an ACT or Fidanza lightweight flywheel at the same time, while the tranny is down.. You 'll be able to get all the info at honda-tech. I know there are a couple of shops in Central-to-North Jersey too. I live in Upstate NY, 55min-1hr north of the GWB.
Have you ever changed your MTF - Manual tranny fluid? It should be changed every couple of years. I think this won't help you now because it sounds like the damage is already done. But GET IT done when they replace your clutch or before that. Also look into replacing the clutch fluid.
My '99 GSR only has 32k mi. but I 've been racing it for more than 3yrs. Towards the end of last summer, I noticed 2nd gear was grinding a little more than usual and it was constant, and 3d gear started grinding a little for the first time. I replaced the tranny fluid and every gear now shifts better, smoother & a bit faster, with no grinding. Gotta replace your fluids regularly regardless of mileage! Same with brake fluid, every 2-3yrs (under normal driving conditions) regardless of mileage. Most fluids break down & lose their properties with time, not with mileage.
Mar 07, 2003 (1:36 pm)
Hope you 're still around and doing well.
The Hawk HP+ pads on my '01 Civic are squealing a lot lately. They have about 10k mi. on them but I honestly don't use the brakes much because 99.5% of my commute is highway. There 's still a good amount of pad left. I 'd say 80-90% of the pad is still there. They squealed a little when they were new but now are doing it more. They also seem to grind some times depending on how cold the temps are. Have you experienced the same thing with yours on the GSR? Is the "grinding" and squealing what they mean when they say these pads are a bit noisy on H/T?
I 'm going to try and replace the brake fluid this weekend. Hopefully I 'll see an improvement. I got 59K mi. on the Civic already. I 've only had 1.5yrs!
I 'm thinking of getting a DC Sports JDM Header (Type-R) for my car? Will I need to get a 2.5" CAT as well? or do any other modifications to make it fit? Does it mount fine on the motor? I 'd like to get a Carsound CAT and probably a cat-back exhaust. I 'm also seriously thinking of getting the AEM V2. Just waiting for prices to go down and for someone to post some dyno results. They 're averaging $240 right now which is more money than I ever saw the original AEM go for.
Mar 07, 2003 (1:38 pm)
Harry -- did you ever end up with a LSD on your Integra?
Oh, and you can count me in as someone who's VERY interested in the RX-8, too.
Mar 08, 2003 (11:58 am)
No, not yet but that 's a definite mod that I 'm doing this spring. I 'm still looking for a good shop that 's done a lot of these. There's one in Long Island, almost 2hrs away that I hear has installed tons of LSDs on Honda/Acuras so I 'll probably end up going there. I 'll probably be ordering a Quaife next week.
The RX-8 sounds very appealing especially if it weighs 2800lbs or less like some people are saying. The 350Z doesn't do much for me for some reason. It's got plenty of power & torque but I 've seen 2 of them auto-x (2-3 events) and I beat both their times. I 've also read that the 350Z's suspension is more tuned for comfort and the street so that 's a big turn off for me. If the RX-8 handles the same or better than the last gen. then it 'll be a winner, especially if they keep the weight down which they are. I hear it has low torque though.. oh well, I guess you can't have a perfect car for $30K. I 'm still playing with the idea of buying a used S2000 in a year or so. They make a great auto-x car and are lots of fun. With stock tires and everything they still manage a .90-.91g at the skidpad and 70+mph through the magazine's slaloms which is higher than Type-R & new Miatas. The S2K only weighs 2800lbs and is still a very capable car amongst all these new ones coming out. High 5's in 0-60 is also very noble.
I still don't know how the RX-8's reliability will be because the RX-7's was hit or miss or average at best but I 'm very interested in it. I always wanted an RX-7 up until a couple of years ago. It was the turbo failure/replacement that scared me away every time.
So how is your Quaife holding up on the Prelude?
Mar 08, 2003 (1:17 pm)
Harry, I've read in the Daily News & New York Post during the last few weeks that there's a dealership (Paragon Honda in Queens i think) that still has 2 2001 S2Ks left over. I'm not sure if they're gone or not. If you're looking for a used S2k, the 01 has a plastic rear window where as the 02 has the glass w/ defogger. May be worth a shot, check it out.
Mar 08, 2003 (1:36 pm)
The Quaife is still kicking major butt. Now that I've had it in for a year, my driving style has changed to take full advantage of it. It still blows my mind when I can absolutely rip around tight corners with my foot planted. Ahhhhh...yes!
Per Automobile mag, the RX-8 6spd weighs in at 3020lbs. with a full tank of gas. The model thay tested had the moonroof (no thanks) and leather (yuck), but I'm not sure if it had the power seat. I'm betting that Mazda has sorted out the rotary bugs with the Renesis, because they don't have much going for them as a company without the rotary.
To me, the 350Z feels more like a GT than a track car. Nose heavy and softer damping than I had expected. Good ratios in the tranny, though. To bad it sounds like a tractor when you rev it above 4500rpm.
Mar 10, 2003 (11:21 am)
thanks but I 'm not ready yet. I still want to have some more fun with the GSR before I part with it.
Enjoying your Prelude? You should look into a Quaife LSD like himiler put in his Lude.
Mar 10, 2003 (11:25 am)
nyc's got the Type SH.