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Earlier this week I noticed that when I shift into reverse, the gears begin to grind on my 2000 Insight (approx 48k miles). If I press on the clutch several times in succession, it appears to engage into gear smoothly. I normally only need to use reverse when the engine is cold, could this have anything to do with it?

I also noticed recently that the clutch doesn't always come up smoothly, about 2/3 the way up, if feels like it is rubbing against something. Any suggestions?
 

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Check the fluid in your master cylinder for the clutch. It's on the firewall next to the battery.
 

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Try shifting into 2nd before shifting into reverse.
It will go into gear more easily.
 

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Also, I have always been told that releasing the clutch and trying again to get the clutch all the way down helps. I have never gotten that grinding sound the second time I try to depress the clutch.
 

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Problem fixed, but another question

I discovered that the clutch resevoir was almost completely empty. I don't see any noticable leaks anywhere, but can't imagine how or why all the fluid would dissapear. I've added Honda DOT-3 brake fluid and it seems to be much better.

Has this happened to anyone else? The car is past warranty so I'd hate to bring it in for no reason.
 

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gear noise

As both your clutch plate and brake pads wear down, the fluid in the reservoirs will also get lower. How many miles on the vehicle?
 
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