Diagnosing Symptoms of a Bad Manual Transmission

Updated on January 21, 2019
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Dan Ferrell writes about do-it-yourself car maintenance and repair. He has certifications in automation and control technology.

Manual transmissions can develop problems after miles of service.
Manual transmissions can develop problems after miles of service. | Source

Manual transmission problems can develop due to high mileage, abuse, or lack of proper maintenance. But they are rather rare. Most manual transmission issues originate not with the transmission itself, but from related components like the clutch assembly, linkage, or driveline: the components that transmit turning power from the transmission to the wheels. Also, as we discuss below, symptoms that seem to be coming from the transmission can come from unrelated parts of the car.

The key to diagnosing your manual transmission problem is to gather detailed information about the particular problem. For example, does the problem appear in only one of the gears, only at a certain speed, only when turning, only when downshifting, or after having serviced the clutch or another transmission component? Can you feel a vibration? Can you hear a clunking or grinding noise?

Symptoms of a Bad Transmission

Here are some symptoms that can indicate a worn-out transmission, each one of which we discuss below.

  1. Odd sounds (whirring, squealing, bumping, or thumping)
  2. Grinding noise
  3. Transmission jumps out of gear (into neutral)
  4. Difficulty shifting gears
  5. Car stuck in one gear
  6. Car that can't get into gear
  7. Leaking transmission oil

This guide will get you started on identifying the source of these problems. You'll need to investigate further and remember that manual transmission configurations can change from one model to the next.

Remember that this guide only deals with symptoms coming from the manual transmission (or transaxle) itself. Some symptoms that may appear to originate in the transmission actually come from the clutch (or another system), and vice versa. To get a more accurate diagnosis, take a look at the Bad Clutch Symptoms guide as well.

Your noise may not be coming from the transmission; a bad CV joint can produce noises when you accelerate or make a turn.
Your noise may not be coming from the transmission; a bad CV joint can produce noises when you accelerate or make a turn. | Source

1. Odd Noises That May Come From the Transmission

The most common cause of a noisy transmission is insufficient oil, causing the gears or internal assembly to hum or whir. If a noisy transmission does have enough oil, the lubricant may be contaminated with metal shavings or particles.

Insufficient or contaminated oil may cause the transmission to become noisy in some or all of the gears. But if you hear noises in a specific gear, that gear's teeth or synchronizer may be worn or damaged.

Sources inside the transmission that can cause noise:

  • A worn-out synchronizer
  • The gears on the speedometer drive
  • Misaligned transmission
  • A worn or damaged input shaft bearing, if your transmission makes noises only in neutral (sometimes a bumping sound)
  • Worn-out gears
  • Output shaft pilot bearing problems
  • Metal shavings in the oil

Sources outside the transmission that can cause noise:

Some noises that seem to come from the transmission are actually coming from an outside though possibly related source. For example, if you hear a thumping noise when you accelerate or decelerate, check first for these problems before you blame the transmission:

  • A loose or damaged engine or transmission mount
  • A worn or damaged drive axle inner CV joint
  • Problems with the differential case

Noises that manifest when turning could point to a problem with the CV joint. Knocking noises when driving at low speeds could come from the differential case or the CV joint.

A Three-Step Test for Transmission Bearing Noises

That noise you keep hearing may come from a bearing. This three-step test is simple and can reveal problems with one or more transmission bearings.

  1. Fire up the engine and set the transmission to neutral. If you can hear a noise in neutral, suspect a worn-out input shaft bearing. Watch the video at the bottom of this article to see how internal problems can affect input shaft operation.
  2. Now, with the engine running, depress the clutch pedal just enough to remove the free play, to the point where you feel you need to apply force to the pedal to push it down further. You may need to push the pedal a little more. If you hear a squealing noise, you may have a worn out release bearing.
  3. Fully depress the clutch pedal to release the clutch. If you hear a whirring sound then, you probably are dealing with a bad pilot bearing.

A bad synchronizer can cause a grinding noise.
A bad synchronizer can cause a grinding noise. | Source

2. The Transmission Makes a Grinding Noise

Problems with the transmission can also be revealed through a grinding noise.

A grinding noise may come from clashing gears. The clashing may happen because of linkage problems like wear or need of adjustment.

Other potential sources could be a worn or damaged synchronizer, shift fork, or rail and bearing shafts.

If you can hear the gears clashing only when downshifting, the problem may come from the synchronizer (too much play at the output shaft end).

However, a grinding noise may also come from a dragging clutch.

Shift linkage problems can cause your transmission to jump out of gear.
Shift linkage problems can cause your transmission to jump out of gear. | Source

3. The Transmission Jumps Into Neutral

This seems to be a common problem on worn-out transmissions. You shift into gear, and the transmission jumps out of gear.

Once again, there could be other several causes for this problem, besides a worn-out transmission:

  • A common problem is a worn out, stretched, or maladjusted shift linkage. A stretched linkage can be caused by a damaged engine or transmission mount. An external linkage can wear out or become loose and maladjusted, causing the transmission to jump out of gear. Look for rust and binding. You can try to adjust the linkage. But in most cases, you'll have to rebuild or replace that part of the assembly.
  • You may be dealing with a weak or broken spring in the shift rail. In an internal shift linkage, the spring is part of the spring-loaded ball that locks the transmission into gear. If the ball slips out of the notch, the transmission will jump out of gear.
  • Also, you may be dealing with a worn-out pilot bearing (the gap causes the input shaft to vibrate, which causes the shift forks or synchronizers to move).
  • You may have problems with a worn synchronizer or shift fork assembly or other internal components.

Other potential causes to keep in mind:

  • Loose or misaligned transmission (possibly after service)
  • Misaligned clutch housing
  • Loose shifter cover
  • Worn-out gear teeth

Note: When the transmission only jumps out of a high gear, check the clutch housing bolts for tightness, or the transmission for misalignment.

A worn out shift fork can make it hard to shift gears.
A worn out shift fork can make it hard to shift gears. | Source

4. It's Hard to Shift Gears

This problem happens when you find it hard to move the shift lever from one gear to another. Usually, this points to a problem with a loose linkage, worn shift cables or worn bearings.

Check the linkage. You may need to raise the vehicle and safely support it on jack stands or remove a component in order to make the inspection, depending on your vehicle model. You may need to remove a shift lever boot.

Get the help of an assistant to operate the linkage while you inspect the linkage, if necessary. Look for problems like binding, poor lubrication, misaligned components.

To remove components for inspection, consult your vehicle repair manual. Haynes is a good aftermarket manual: get the manual for your exact model.

Other causes for a hard-to-shift manual transmission include:

  • Worn or loose internal components (shift fork, levers, shafts)
  • Low oil level (or the wrong type of oil)
  • Misaligned transmission
  • Synchronizer problems

Low oil level can prevent gears' free travel.
Low oil level can prevent gears' free travel. | Source

5. The Transmission Is Stuck in Gear

You may find that you can't get the transmission out of gear. This symptom may indicate:

  • Low oil level or the wrong type of oil
  • Problems with the linkage or shifter assembly. Look for maladjustment, or wear or damage to rods, bushings, or shifter arms.
  • Internal components: shift rail, detents, forks or a stuck synchronizer sleeve
  • Worn-out or broken drive gear teeth
  • A stuck shift rail
  • Misaligned transmission

6. The Transmission Won't Get Into Gear

When you have trouble getting the transmission into gear, inspect the shift linkage for adjustment, looseness or damage.

However, remember that failure to get into gear can also be caused by the clutch, if the clutch isn't fully releasing or has other problems. The clutch might need adjustment. Check my article on bad clutches. Also, consult your vehicle repair manual.

Inspect gaskets, seals, or loose bolts when looking for oil leaks.
Inspect gaskets, seals, or loose bolts when looking for oil leaks. | Source

7. Leak From the Transmission

Manual transmission leaks can be caused by:

  • bad or worn-out seals or gaskets,
  • a damaged case or component,
  • or even loose bolts.

To verify that a leak exists, first, check the transmission case and oil level. If it leaks after you just replaced the oil, you may have put too much. Consult your vehicle repair manual.

Locate the source of the leak. Inspect the transmission oil seal and the O-ring in the vehicle speed sensor.

Consult your vehicle repair manual for the proper procedure to replace seals, bearings, or gaskets. Some of these repairs don't require much work, and you may be able to do the job in your own garage with a few common tools.

Knowing about common manual transmission problems can help you diagnose your problems sooner, and possibly save money. This guide helps you identify and explore those common and not-so-common areas. Still, manual transmissions vary between models, so once you have an idea of the possible problem with your transmission, consult your model's vehicle repair manual to troubleshoot that particular issue. You may be able, in some cases, to do the repair yourself.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • I have a VW T25 diesel 4 speed. It started grinding into 3rd and 4th recently and can be hard to get into first. And pops out of 2nd. So not a good start (was fine before an engine replacement). I was driving on a trip, and it dropped from 4th to 2nd without touching the stick. Now I've only got reverse, 1st, and 3rd, and I'm pretty sure 2nd is 4th! Grinding when the clutch is engaged too. Any ideas? I've restored the linkage but no good.

    It seems like an internal problem, probably a damaged gear. You may need to bring the car to a transmission shop for a proper diagnosis.

  • I have a Nissan Xterra 2004 manual transmission, and the clutch is not coming up as it's supposed to do. It is staying down and I have to use my feet to put it in the right position to change gears. What can be happening?

    Check first the linkage, if it looks OK, check for leaks at the master and slave cylinder. Otherwise, there could be something wrong with the release assembly internally.

  • 2013 Mini Countryman R60 S with a transmission problem. The car runs perfectly fine. However, when you put it into 6th gear, around 65 mph (104.61 km/h) or higher (in the beginning of the power band), the shifter will slowly move forward with more throttle until it pops out into neutral. You can hold the shifter in 6th gear and it will stay. Replaced the clutch pad and pressure plate 50k miles ago. I had no issues until 4-5k miles ago. I suspect bad synchronizers but maybe I am wrong?

    There could be a problem with the synchronizer but check if the shift linkage needs some adjustment as well.

  • I have a 2004 Jeep Wrangler SE, 2.4L with the 5-speed manual. My trans knocks but only for a very brief time after I turn the car on. It doesn't knock when I drive, and it shifts fine. But knocks when I turn it on and sometimes after I turn it off. What would cause this?

    Knocking or clicking noises usually happen with worn gears, but this could also come from low fluid level. Sometimes it's a good idea to check the condition of the fluid. If you see metal chips, they may come from broken teeth. In this case, is better to remove as much of the fragments to prevent damage to other parts of the transmission.

  • I have a 2010 Honda Civic. Sometimes I can't shift up or down into 2nd gear. Usually, it'll engage if I come off and depress the clutch down again (sometimes just goes into gear if I hold the stick into 2nd for a few seconds). It's really random. Had 1st gear lockout for a while too but that problem left on its own as this 2nd gear problem started occurring. Linkage is tight. I'm told it's the clutch but only 2nd gear is affected (makes me think gearbox). What do you think?

    Check the linkage; something that might be hindering movement to one side. Perhaps a bad bushing. This could be an internal linkage problem as well.

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    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      13 days ago

      You can shift into 2nd gear while going between 6 mph and 18 mph. If that's the only gear making rough or bad sounds while shifting into gear, there could be a synchronizer (internal mechanical) issue. You need to have the problem properly diagnosed. Hope this helps.

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      Ash 

      13 days ago

      Hello

      i have a 2012 passat tsi only 50k miles on it and when i shift from 1st to 2nd while going over 12 miles/hrs it get really rough and i hear some bad sounds going slower is butter smooth.

      i asked around and some said its a 2nd gear protective tool so you shift to 2nd early.

      is that true or there is something wrong with the transmission.

      thanks

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      Dan Ferrell 

      4 weeks ago

      I believe you are having a problem with the first gear synchronizer. The third gear meshes with the input and output shafts to reverse the rotation of the first gear, and this is causing the problem. Hope this helps.

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      Ryan J Powers 

      4 weeks ago

      2018 focus rs theres no smell no grinding no whiring but i can barely get it into reverse from a stand still and first seems a little harder than normal.

    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      5 weeks ago

      If you haven't replaced the clutch in a few years, probably you are dealing with a slipping clutch. Take a look at this other post, it may help:

      https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/Clutch-Slippage...

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      Martin hancock 

      5 weeks ago

      My trans had awhining sound until i found lowon fluid put fluid in ,now it slips out of gear no,3 sometimes, the whining is gone

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      Dan Ferrell 

      5 weeks ago

      The problem could be in the linkage or shift rial assembly. Take a look at it and see if there's something interfering with the linkage. The sifthrail may have a worn or plunger, broken spring, or loose plug. Another possibility is a problem with the synchronizer sleeve or hub. But this usually happen on high mileage vehicles or abused transmissions. Hope this helps.

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      Russel 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a Nissan Versa 2013. I wanted it upshift from 4th to 5th, but it wouldn't go into 5ft gear. It felt blocked.what could cause this?

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      Dan Ferrell 

      7 weeks ago

      Usually the noise comes from bad bearings: at the front, in the countershaft gear assembly, output shaft pilot bearing. Worn gears can also become noisy in Neutral. For the endplay issue, you may need to replace the shims. Check the specifications for your specific model. Hope this help.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      7 weeks ago

      There could be a problem with a countershaft bearing, a worn or loose bushing. Sometimes, a faulty synchronizer assembly will cause this issue. Hope this helps.

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      Armando J Medina 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi, I recently bought a 1990 dodge dakota 3.9 v6, and the transmission was in pieces in a bucket. Ibought all the bearings and new clutch set. Also installed new clutch master and slave cylinder, but when it is in neutral makes a loud noise..also noticed a little play in the input shaft wich is new.....but when is in gear and running runs smooth as new. Idon't know what else to look! I also added 10w30 oil like says in the manual. I'll appreciate any help. Thanks.

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      Ernest 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a vw camper van which has a whine in 5th gear only

    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      2 months ago

      It seems the clutch is dragging. The problem could be with the hydraulic system or inside the transmission or a need of adjustment (if applicable). This other post may help:

      https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/Clutch-Drag-and...

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      Archer Souz 

      2 months ago

      My 2011 Ford Focus SE manual transmission shifter shifts sloppy up and down without depressing clutch pedal. It will not shift left or right. This with the car turned off. On startup, the car will move foward as I ease off the clutch without even moving the shifter into gear.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      2 months ago

      There could be a problem with the clutch master or slave cylinders seals. Temperature may be affecting the seals and causing the fluid to circulate in the master cylinder. Hope this helps.

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      Mark Boehm 

      2 months ago

      Have 2008 chevy aveo5 manual trans....replaced trans with new throw out bearing as clutch and pressure plate not that old b4 went out. Issue having is trans will shift fine for bout 5 minutes or so then will go in gear but car wont move . Shifts in an out of gears fine but after warming up will not go...this a fluid issue?

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      Sohrab 

      2 months ago

      Why when my car otomatically changes the gear it meakes a big noise?

    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      4 months ago

      Try first checking the hydraulic system, clutch master and slave.

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      Justin Dixon 

      4 months ago

      Nv3500 with clutch pedal fully pressed and wheels off the ground goes into forward gears just fine just wheels doing without fully into gear reverse on the the other hand grinds and will not go into gear. I’m not a transmission guy and know next to nothing about them.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      4 months ago

      Make sure the hydraulic system has enough fluid. Then check the slave cylinder and, if necessary, bleed the system. This might the reason the clutch seems not to connect. Hope this helps.

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      Leoreyes 

      4 months ago

      96 Honda Civic. New clutch , pressure plate and everything else besides flywheel. Car running I put it into every gear doesn't move. I was downshifting into first and I heard a pop and didn't wanna move anymore. I opened up trans. No metal shavings nothing broken

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      Dan Ferrell 

      4 months ago

      It could be many things, but most common worn sleeve teeth - blocker ring. If you were able to make it up the hill holding the shifter, I'd check the shift linkage. It might need some adjustment. Other possibilities, worn input shaft/bearing. Hope this helps.

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      David Lanatti 

      4 months ago

      I have a 1972 F350 with a NP 435 trans no four wheel drive but it had the PTO unit for a hydraulic pump.

      It started loosing drive gear connection while driving up a hill. It jumps out of gear and then right back into gear and I held the shifter forward to make it all the way up the hill although the shifter doesn’t slip into neutral, but it feels like the gears are disengaging. I’m not going to drive it until I have it repaired. I’ve never had a problem like this before and have been driving old trucks for forty years. Could this be the synchronizer?

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      Dan Ferrell 

      5 months ago

      Probably there's a problem with a bearing. This other post may help:

      https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/Manual-Transmis...

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      DANIJEL 

      5 months ago

      I have a mazda cx7 2.3 disi turbo with manual transmision i hear grinding in neutral and in all six gears and vibrating in six gear what could it be ?

    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      5 months ago

      Assuming the gearbox was properly built, and knowing the damaged caused by the mounts, I’d think the shift linkage is out of adjustment. Also, make sure the shifter cover is not loose or something striking the shift linkage.

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      Shae hall 

      5 months ago

      Hi, I have a T-10 Borg Warner 4 speed (1963) and twice within one day it slipped out of 3rd and in to neutral. When I next drove it after a while it has started to get a rythmic knock in 3rd gear only, it's fine when clutch is in or in any other gear. What do you think this could be?

      The gearbox was apparently totally rebuilt last year by previous owner. I have replaced the mounts and changed the oil last month (mounts had worn causing drive shaft uni joint to brake)

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      Dan Ferrell 

      6 months ago

      Check the linkage, there could be a mechanical obstruction that is preventing you from shifting gears properly. Hope this helps.

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      Muddasar chand 

      6 months ago

      Hello sir i have a elentra hyundai 2013 model when i drive in 4 gear and i can change the gear into 5 gear but gear did not change into 5 but it can comes in 3 and gear lever comes in the position of 3 and when i change it into 6 gear lever comes in the 4 position gear i can change the clutch plate pressure plate and the cluth barringplz help me

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      Dan Ferrell 

      9 months ago

      Several problems may cause this. For example, a broken gearshift lever, worn or damaged gear; a countershaft gear input shaft with broken gear teeth; a problem with the shift rail; a center detent plug missing or worn.

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      tammy clark 

      9 months ago

      Stuck in first gear will not come out

    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      9 months ago

      The problem might be with the input shaft roller bearings. Have the transmission properly diagnosed before doing any work on it.

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      Modise Motshwari 

      9 months ago

      I have a vw polo 2009 model 1.6BAH.

      MY car makes a terrible sound when on neutral and driving off on first gear. But when I press the clutch the sound goes away what could be the problem

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      Dan Ferrell 

      10 months ago

      Probably the sensor is faulty. Have it checked and change it, if necessary.

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      Toby 

      10 months ago

      I have a 1999 VW bug it goes into gear and speedometer says I’m doing about 20 but the vehicle is not moving no noises I need help!

    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      10 months ago

      I think what you are hearing is the gears grinding as you try to go into gear. It's possible the clutch is worn or out of adjustment. Have the clutch system checked. Hopefully you'll just need to adjust it. Hope this helps.

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      gemma 

      10 months ago

      I have a honda civic turbo diesel manual and when changing gears it makes sense a horrible noise and I can't go into reverse

    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      10 months ago

      Probably the synchro blocking ring is damaged or worn.

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      Jason S Kraemer 

      10 months ago

      i have a 2016 jetta that grinds when only going into 3rd gear. Is it a probably a synchro issue.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      11 months ago

      If everything was working fine up to the 5 miles, check the hydraulic system, master cylinder, hydraulic line; air in the clutch line

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      josh lotts 

      11 months ago

      i put a new clutch kit in my 89 4wd toyota, i drove it 5 miles then a grinding noise now it wont pull in any gear please help

    • Dan Ferrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Dan Ferrell 

      11 months ago

      Probably the clutch is slipping. Check out this other post. It may help:

      https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/Clutch-Slippage...

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      Trevor 

      11 months ago

      Car goes into gear and just rolls forward and revs doesnt accerate 03 evolution 5 sp

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      Dan Ferrell 

      12 months ago

      If fixing the play in the linkage fixed the issue, check the gearshift. Depending on the model, you may find a offset lever nylon insert that could be worn, or a lever attachment nu loose.

      These mechanical assemblies can give some trouble, including the shift rail, forks, and detent plugs after worn or just because of simple damage. Hope it helps.

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      matthew 

      12 months ago

      my 1988 toyota corona has developed a 4th gear pop out, only happens when accelerator pedal is pressed then it pops out causing grinding noises. being told so many different things from synchro rings, worn out gears (does not have any wear on them) but when checking the linkage it had a small amount of play under the shift stick which was fixed.

      long story short after not even 500km the pop out developed again so i don't want to be taken advantage of again by the mechanics.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      12 months ago

      There could be a problem with the shift rail, gearshift lever or gearshift internal linkage, preventing to shift into 3rd and 4th gear. Synchronizers may be too worn or some other mechanical wear or damage causing it to jump into neutral.

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      Yanga Bokveld 

      12 months ago

      I have a 2005 Tazz Model car won't go to gear 3 & 4, makes some noise when its on neutral, sometimes it jumps into neatral.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      12 months ago

      If you can hear the noise when in gear but not in neutral, it's possibly the problem is with the output (mainshaft), bearing. If you hear the noise while the car is running, clutch engaged and in neutral, the problem might be the front input shaft bearing.

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      Adrian carter 

      12 months ago

      I have a 2006 Holden Astra it’s gearbox is making a wiring the issue starts when it warms up with the third and fourth gears making the sound but it goes away when I depress the clutch what is it

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      Dan Ferrell 

      12 months ago

      Scan for trouble codes, even if the check engine light doesn't come on. Some potential problems that might cause this may come from the ignition switch, locking hubs, clutch coil, or the PCM.

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      Dan 

      12 months ago

      Jeep wrangler 6speed manual trans. Wont go into gear with transfercase in 2wd or 4x4. But can shift with transfercase in neutral. Any idea?

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      Dan Ferrell 

      13 months ago

      This could be a faulty cable between the ignition and the sifter. It's like a safety mechanism to make sure you have the transmission in Park when turning the key to On or Run while depressing the brake pedal. You may have a problem with a control solenoid. But you need to have the issue properly diagnosed before swapping components. Hope this helps.

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      Roxanne Hendsbee 

      13 months ago

      I have a 2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS automatic. I put my car in park and heard a clunk then I went to put the car in park and it keeps moving forward with a clicking noise. I also lost reverse after this happened. I tried again to put it in park but it still keeps clicking. I have to put it in neutral and use the emergency brake to keep it from moving. Is there a parking pin or a parking cable that could be causing this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

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      Chuck 

      13 months ago

      Is the shifter on the side of a turbo 350 trans supposed to have about a half inch of free play?

      I have never remover seeing that before!

      Any answers or suggestions?

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      Dan Ferrell 

      13 months ago

      There could be a problem with the gearshift mechanism, shift rail, fork, springs or detent plug. Other possibility is the clutch shaft or roller bearings worn or damaged.

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      Corey 

      13 months ago

      I have a 1998 dodge Dakota 3.9l with a 5 speed transmission AX-15 and at 35 mph it jumps out of gear

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      Dan Ferrell 

      14 months ago

      Make sure the motor mounts are good. But this noise may be coming from the transmission. Hope I could be more specific.

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      Jeff hickman 

      14 months ago

      96 maxima makes noise when clutch pedal is out and in 123rd gear when you let off of gas pedal sounds like a 4/11 in old chevy truck

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      Dan Ferrell 

      15 months ago

      I'd check the fluid first (low or bad), but it seems first gear remains partially engaged when trying the shift into second. That's where the grinding noise is coming from. The problem is with a worn or bad synchronizer blocking ring.

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      Ethan Bruce 

      15 months ago

      I have a BMW 1 series 2009 6 speed manual. I can shift into 2nd gear but when I release the clutch I get lots of grinding, the gear stick vibrates and ultimately I can’t drive in the 2nd gear. It’s only this gear I’m having issues with, any ideas?

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      Dan Ferrell 

      15 months ago

      Sounds as if the clutch is slipping, the linkage may need adjustment. Also have the fluid checked and make sure it’s at the right level. Hope this helps.

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      Stephanie 

      15 months ago

      When driving my manual 2000 VW Beetle... just had clutch changed...

      All of a sudden the car seems to be over revving when going from second to third gear... like it has power bit the car is acting like it does...any idea?

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      Dan Ferrell 

      16 months ago

      Changing the oil could help, and the noise probably will go away. However, worn bearings tend to make this kind of noise. An oil change won't hurt. If the whining persists, you'll probably need a repair. But, if you can put up with the noise, you can postpone the fix until it is absolutely necessary.

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      Aikido321 

      16 months ago

      I have noticed recently a whining noise only in 5th gear of my 2000 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder. I am thinking that I need to change the gear oil and I haven't done so but can this be the problem?

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      Dan Ferrell 

      16 months ago

      These noises are hard to pint-point, but they are usually associated with the main shaft bearing and worn out gears. Wish I could help you more here.

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      walt 

      16 months ago

      I have a 1985 F250 6.9 IDI 4 speed with a gear splitter, My truck makes a whirring type noise when accelerating in 2nd and 3rd gear. The noise only happens when i'm accelerating. If i ease off the accelerator to the point where I'm not pushing the truck, the noise stops. When i shift past 3rd into 4th, no noise. I checked gearbox oil, gear splitter oil and diff fluid - all levels okay. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      16 months ago

      Check the gearshift lever. But there could be problems with the internal linkage or shift rail.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      16 months ago

      Check the clutch linkage first. See if it needs adjustment. But internal components may be too worn. Worn bearings and synchronizers can cause a gear to jump out and make a gear hard to shift into. Worn clutch pilot bearing, shift forks, rails, springs or detents.

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      Athena 

      16 months ago

      Hi Dan,

      I was wondering if you could help me. I have a Ford Transit 1987. It pops out of 3rd gear into neutral whilst making a grinding noise and it is becoming increasingly difficult to get into 2nd gear...do you know what might cause these problems? Thank you

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      robert g 

      16 months ago

      2013 vw beetle will only go in rev 1st & 5th can anyone out there help me

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      Dan Ferrell 

      16 months ago

      Reasons for a stuck gear and/or popping out of gear are varied. But having both issues happening at the same time could narrow the potential problems. First, take a look at the gearshift lever assembly/connections, looking for wear or damage mechanism. Also, problems with the shift fork and shift rails may cause both of this issues. Hope this helps.

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      Vanessa Lynn 

      16 months ago

      Howdy.. I’ve got a question regarding the manual transmission in my husbands 87 Jeep Cherokee YJ. I’ve read several possibilities as to why it’s popping out of gear and or getting stuck in gear. I was hoping to narrow the field of possibilities down a bit. Could you tell me the most common causes/reasonings for the Jeep to jump out of and become stuck in the 3rd & 4th Gear’s ?!

      I’m hoping the issue at hand is maybe a little more pocket friendly if you know what I mean ?! This of course starts happening right as I was going to surprise him with a 6” lift and 33” tires.

      Any advice suggestions or direction you’d be willing to share with me would be much appreciated ! Thank you

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      Dan Ferrell 

      17 months ago

      There could be several reasons for this. Low fluid or using the wrong fluid is one possibility. But you may need to adjust the clutch (check your vehicle repair manual to check adjustment). See if the linkage needs lubrication. Other potential problems include a worn clutch, shift linkage adjustment, worn or loose shift fork, shafts, levers or detents.

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      Christopher 

      17 months ago

      I have a 93 ford ranger 2.3l 5 speed I bought about 3 months ago and it’s becoming increasingly harder to shift. It seems to be intermittent but when it is bad it’s crunchy to shift and almost impossible to get into gear. I was told it was low or bad fluid

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      Dan Ferrell 

      17 months ago

      I'm thinking about the input shaft roller bearings. This bearings are the ones operating in Neutral, but, as you mentioned, you already replaced those, if I understood correctly.

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      Bor Chuk 

      17 months ago

      Thank you. One thing I have to tell you is that when idling and neutral position if I push lever to 1st to 5th gear one by one (without pushing pedal, so gear will not engage) the sound become lower.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      17 months ago

      The only other component I can think of is the counter gear.

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      Bor Chuk 

      17 months ago

      My Land cruiser 105 manual transmission has whiring sound from gearbox when idling in neutral position and the sound disappears when pushing clutch pedal. Everything works well but the sound. I changed input, output, counter shaft, flywheel bearings and clutch & cover discs, but the sound doesn’t disappears. All gears looks good condition. In cold start its sounds very low and when the oil is warmed up it’s sounds louder. As I am well experienced mechanic I know that it’s not common problem, please advise me. Thank you.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      17 months ago

      The transmission may have suffered excessive wear from the lack of fluid, that wold explain the whining noise – worn out gear teeth. If you hear the squeaking noise when depressing the pedal and the engine is running, this could be a worn pilot bearing, or problems with the throw-out fork off pivot.

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      Mason 

      17 months ago

      I have a 2004 dodge dakota my transmission was ran 6 months without fluid do to a idiot Tech when first got it it was fine about 6 months later is whines in all but 4 gear what could be the problem also about 2 months ago my throw out bearing exploded so we replaced it and the slave cylinder and now about middle of my peddle my clutch sqeeks

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      Dan Ferrell 

      17 months ago

      There are several causes for this. If the clutch pedal feels like it has too much travel before it starts to engage, it may need adjustment. It can also be a worn clutch, problem with the shift linkage (needs lubrication or adjustment, binding). Other possibilities: check the transmission oil level, loose or bad input shaft bearing retainer. Hope this helps.

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      John Mount 

      17 months ago

      I have a 03 ford ranger. I have a hard time shifting gears and there are times i cant even shift in gear.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      17 months ago

      The shift rail detent plunger could be worn, or the spring broken.

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      tesfaye 

      17 months ago

      why the 3rd gear of Toyota land cruiser out when driving after few minute drived

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      Dan Ferrell 

      17 months ago

      It was probably the synchronizer not engaging properly when trying to shift gears. Once it stopped spinning, you were able to get into gears.

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      Kevin Moua 

      17 months ago

      I floored my 96 Integra gsr today and there was a loud band sound when shifting from 1st to 2nd. After, I could not get out of 2nd gear but when I came to a complete stop, the car drove perfectly fine again. What could be the problem?

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      Dan Ferrell 

      18 months ago

      It’s possible the synchronizer for that gear or the counter gear rear bushing is worn or damaged. In this case, you’ll need to drop the transmission for repairs.

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      Tech Prii 

      18 months ago

      My Triton has abnormal sound when in 5th gear .. at 2000RPM and above..when I depressed the gas pedal no round...

      No sound for gear 1, 2 , 3 and 4 even if at 2000RPM and up..

      What could be my issue? Broken gear (5th)... if yes, if you are to repair this, the entire tranny will be pulled -out??

      Thanks.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      20 months ago

      Usually, loose or damaged engine or transmission mounts cause these type of clunking noises. Sometimes you can easily inspect the mounts just by lifting and getting under the vehicle.

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      Elizabeth Kraatz 

      20 months ago

      I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota 5 speed -shifts fine but starting from a stop in first gear, there is a clunk as i release the clutch it feels like it is engaging the gear.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      20 months ago

      The linkage may be out of adjustment or may need lubrication. Also, check the shift cover.

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      Clayton 

      20 months ago

      I have a 1996 dodge dakota that whirls and is sometimes hard to shift but not all the time, it pops out of gear sometimes as well

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      Tim 

      22 months ago

      I put my truck into 4wd and as soon as I started up a hill I heard a loud clanking sound it did it twice.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      23 months ago

      Hi Chris,

      Make sure you got the rigth slave for the applicaton, and check the master cylinder. Usually both are replaced at the same time when one goes. Make sure you don't have a leak, probably a seal.

      Hope this helps.

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      Chris martin 

      23 months ago

      Bought son 2013 dodge dart w 6speed Manuel, C635 im told, installed new slave, whent to bleed and realized no fluid getting to slave, just very small sauirts when you push pedal w hand, master is located near bottom of wall, how do i get fluid through it to the slave?? Then i realized the slave dont even have a bledder screw, jist a 1/4" nipple w rubber tip on it, alot money and time invested, dealers wont help and no parts store either, need halp bad please. College jyst started back, he really needs it. God bless.

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      Dirtclustit 

      24 months ago

      @ Harold

      It sounds like you are referring to an automatic tranny (mention of putting the tranny in "park")

      This article is about manual transmissions, however your problem sounds like either a bad boost valve, broken sun shell, or band

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      Dan Ferrell 

      2 years ago

      Hi Finn,

      There could be some problems (damage?) with the high spining input shaft gears. Other then dissassembling the transmision for inspection, you may want to try drainig the oil and see if there are any metal falkes that may indicate wear or damage to some gears.

      Hope this helps

      Good luck

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      Finn 

      2 years ago

      My car wont change into gear at high rpm. I move the shifter into position but it wont engage the gear and just stays in nuetral. When i drop back down to say below 4500rpm i have no problem other than second which takes a little while to come right. I have no problems while the car is in any gear only while trying to shift. Car is a 1999 toyota caldina gt-t 4wd turbo.

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      Dan Ferrell 

      2 years ago

      Hi Harold,

      If both transmissions seemed to have the same or very similar problem, double check the linkage. Also, there could be a problem with the gearshift lever (worn or damaged ) you may need to replace it.

      Good luck

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      Harold 

      2 years ago

      I sent a question at the top where it says ask but didn't seem to go through. A Chevy 4×4 Silverado has has two rebuilt trans in it within a month. It has all gears working yet no reverse and no noise. Any suggestions. I also noticed shift linkage not right as it's only going as far as second to park. Any idea's. Something is telling me it's asimple fix. Thanks

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