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What makes my manual transmission hard to shift?

(2009 Honda Civic)
in Rochester, NY on April 09, 2012
The gears shift very easily upon start-up. As the engine gets warm shifting becomes harder. When the ambient air is hot the shifting gets harder faster. Mechanic sprayed rusted linkage but had no change. Put the gear shift in 1st let clutch out with brake on and engine stops dead. Repeated this in every gear with same results. Clutch is not slipping. The car has 117000 miles on it. I do hear a little clutch noise when the car is first started and the clutch is out and the shifter in neutral.
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of Miles Auto Services on April 09, 2012
It could be a seized pilot bearing. The fact that you have a noise when you start up cold tells me something is going on with clutch. The pilot bearing, when it does this, this means the clutch does not stop transmission input shaft from turning thus its a hard shift. Requires transmission removal to see this bearing so take car to shop that you know or get reccomendations of a good one. It will be best to have clutch replaced during this repair even thought its not slipping.
on December 23, 2012
I have same issue with Integra Type R, 1.8DOHC Vtec, S80 tranny. Already replaced Honda MTF but no good. Gears are smooth as butter with the engine cold (I've checked all Gears, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even Reverse) but when operating temp is reached it gets more n more difficult to shift and this isn't a problem with one gear. The shifter takes more effort to put it into gear. There is no grinding, no squealing at all. By the way with engine hot, even if I shut the engine try to shift it is still hard to shift. This I believe rules out issue with pilot bearing or clutch, has to be something in linkage cuz with engine off shifting the crankshaft isn't turning shouldnt be hard to shift. I suspect some swollen rubber bushing or i dont know. Please help.
on December 23, 2012
Hi buddy, have u been to able to fix the issue?

I have same issue with 98 Integra Type R, 1.8DOHC Vtec, S80 tranny. Already replaced Honda MTF but no good. Gears are smooth as butter with the engine cold (I've checked all Gears, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even Reverse) but when operating temp is reached it gets more n more difficult to shift and this isn't a problem with one gear. The shifter takes more effort to put it into gear. There is no grinding, no squealing at all. By the way with engine hot, even if I shut the engine try to shift it is still hard to shift. This I believe rules out issue with pilot bearing or clutch, has to be something in linkage cuz with engine off shifting the crankshaft isn't turning shouldnt be hard to shift. I suspect some swollen rubber bushing or i dont know. Please help.
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