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  1. 03 MT Won't crank on startup

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    My 03 will not crank or attempt to start the motor when I turn the ignition fully to the start position with the clutch engaged. Basically when trying to start the vehicle you hear a faint whir of what sounds like a fuel pump. Other than that the lights flicker as if the vehicle is attempting to...
  2. Manual Transmission stiff, won't budge

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    2001 Insight 5-speed tranny issue. Very stiif shifting, now won't budge: 225,000 miles. Never any problems with this tranny, no grind ever. Tranny fluid changed every 50,000 miles for good luck. About 3 weeks ago it became a little tricky to get into 5th gear, then soon tricky to get into other...
  3. clutch loose

    Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    out of nowhere, i i started grinding my gears sometimes when i shift this week. i quickly realized that my clutch had like 1/3 travel distance of play in it. i thought that it would be a quick fix, just have to tighten the clutch cable, only to realize that the system does not work like that. i...
  4. Newbie questions/concerns - over revving. Nearly cuts out

    Troubleshooting and Problems
    Hi all, I have recently bought a UK 59 plate (2010 model?) Insight ES. Overall, I am happy with it, but have some questions that I would like you guys to help - am I thinking right, or over-sensitive while learning this new car. 1: Under throttle, there is often an over rev. I usually...
  5. Clutch crisis

    Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    My 2000 manual (battery disconnected until further notice) is experiencing clutch problems. I'm having to pump the clutch many times to be able to shift without bad grinding, i.e., very similar to a bad brake hydraulic problem. My mechanic says this is probably a really big bill since it will be...
  6. Requesting tips for replacing my transmission

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hello, So I'm pretty certain I have a bad ISB on my 2000 manual insight. I'm insecure about cracking open my transmission to replace the bearing, so right now I'm planning on swapping out the whole transmission. I will only have a few days at my brother's garage to do the swap, so I felt it...
  7. Master/Slave Cylinder or Clutch or Both?

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hi All, I have recently experienced some issues with putting my 2000 Insight into gear (197k miles). Yesterday I was unable to put it into first gear at all and when I tried, the car kind of dipper a little in the front. I think it may be an issue with the Master-Slave cylinders, but also...
  8. 2003 insight-high pitched intermittent squeal?

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    We have a 2003 5 speed with only 48,900 or miles on it. We had the slave cylinder replaced a last year, but it's making that high pitched squeal again. Dealer is saying we need a new clutch. I've never heard of needing a new clutch after barely 48,000 miles. Does anyone have any idea of what...
  9. Mk1 Insight possible piston slap and clutch-related transmission noise

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hi. I have just bought my first Mk1 Honda Insight, a 2001 manual citrus model with 73,000 miles on the clock. It has only ever been serviced by Honda dealers and has had regular oil changes etc. Despite this, when I bought it, the vehicle had some slight signs of neglect, such as missing rear...
  10. Please look at your Good Clutch Master Cylinder.

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    I'm having a clutch problem and hope to get someone to let me know if a good clutch pedal also looks like the picture below. The picture is of the master cylinder shaft from the inside of the car at the top of the clutch pedal. The black gunk up there could be hydraulic fluid, or could be old...
  11. clutch pedal sticking on 2000 Manual T Insight

    Problems and Troubleshooting
    My clutch pedal recently starting sticking to the floor on occasion. What can cause this and any suggestions to diagnose? I have a 2000 Insight, manual transmission with 120,000 miles. The transmission fluid has never been changed. I called a dealer and they suggested having the tech diagnose...
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