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Join Date: Jan 2010
location: Central NJ
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As long as you’re not using heavy force to push the gear lever into gear as it grinds, a “light” grind hurts nothing. The car can handle it. Don’t worry. We all do it.
I’m pretty sure Honda uses 5W-20 motor oil as their MT “fluid.” Even 5W oil is like molasses at -5°F. It also takes longer for the transmission fluid to heat than the engine oil. (The engine must first heat and then that heat must conduct from the engine to the transmission.) While that fluid is still super thick, the synchros will not do their job as easily. As mentioned, use a little more rpm to make shifts easier. The faster the input shaft spins, the more “windows” open per second for the synchros to slip into their space.
2012 Accord Coupe EX-L w/Nav, V6-6MT
2007 Accord Sedan EX-L w/Nav, V6-6MT (sold)