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    Daine AndersonDaine Anderson
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      Sorry if this has been posted, I tried using the search beforehand, and didn’t find my question. I have a ’97 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS (non-turbo 420A) 5 speed and it has about 136,000 miles on it. I got it used 9 months and 11K miles ago. I’ve noticed that at a dead stop, the transmission doesn’t always like to go into first, and every once in a while even has some trouble going into higher gears while moving. My first thought is I’m low on fluid, so I could check the level, add some if needed and be fine, but I know that to do this, you need the vehicle level, but off the ground (I don’t have a lift and only 2 jack stands) and the plugs aren’t always in the nicest of places (I haven’t looked for mine yet) so I figure if I go through all this trouble, I don’t know when the fluid was changed, if ever, so why not change it? I’ve heard of possible issues with changing tranny fluid at high mileage, but I’ve only heard of issues with automatic transmissions, specifically. Are the hazards the same with standards? Should I change the fluid, or just check it and add more?

      Also, not sure if it’s related (I know a good bit about most of a car’s workings, but I’m fuzzy on fluid flow through transmissions) but my clutch pedal seems to be kind of stiff. Not bad at all, but definitely not the easiest. I also feel and hear a click in the pedal sometimes when I clutch in towards the end of the downward travel. I don’t know if this is an issue with tranny fluid, or more a clutch fluid issue, or even a problem with the clutch itself.

      Sorry for the long post. I like to give as much info as I can

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      valdevalde
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        Is clutch disengaging completely? If actual problem is clutch that’s main thing. Test what clutch feels and sounds without engine running. Also you can test if raised wheel will spin idling in gear with clutch in. If there is slightest problem with clutch first check for leaks (check under clutch cylinder boot, in footwell and clutch master cylinder) and then change clutch fluid.

        Normally manual transmission fluid is changed at around 75tmiles/120tkm or not at all. Fluid change will only do god for manual transmission. But if synchros are worn it will not became new. Putting thinner fluid might make synchros work better but it has to be something good since it also has to protect everything. Normally dealer fluid is like that.

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