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A few weeks ago, shifting into second gear became difficult. It sounded like I was trying to shift into reverse, while travelling forward. I took the car into the dealer and they said the transmission had a bad blocking ring, something that I was not familiar with. They said that they will replace the transmission under warranty.

The car is a 2003 5-speed with about 13,000 miles. I've had to cancel the last two service appointments because we've had too much snow (12-18") to get the car to the dealership. I'll be taking it in this Saturday and leaving it for a few days. The dealer (Ralph Schomp Honda, Littleton, Colorado) has been very helpful and easy to deal with.

I wonder how much the new transmission will lower the fuel economy during the break-in period.

Has anyone else had a problem with a blocking ring?

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The blocking ring is part of the synchronizer assembly. If it is bad, that would give you the grinding that you describe...unless you are willing to double-clutch it like driving a semi. You can read all the details and see photos at:

Are they going to replace the entire tranny or just repair the failed parts? Either way, I doubt the new transmission will hurt fuel mileage very much during break-in. Good luck with the repair.
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