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Old 10 Jul 2013, 06:16 pm
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Default 2003 5-speed pops out of gear, linkage is good

2003 2.4l manual trans that will not stay in 3rd or 5th gears. 5th is totally gone. I can't even get it into 5th gear. 3rd will pull some if I hold the shifter in place but it will still kick out and back in when under pressure. 4th was having problems but is doing ok recently. A dealer mechanic told me the transmission has to be replaced. I'm hoping it might be easier than that. I believe I have the t350 transmission. Has anyone heard of such an issue before? Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks
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Old 10 Jul 2013, 06:30 pm
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Lightbulb Re: 2003 5-speed pops out of gear, linkage is good

I'm not totally fimiliar with a manual PT;But,I had a similar problem with my 1993 Toyota Tacoma a few years back and it turned out to be the 'Shift Forks' for 3rd & 5th gears......This thread more addresses a similar problem with PT's: 2002pt man/trans pops out of 3rd/4th gear
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Default Re: 2003 5-speed pops out of gear, linkage is good

have a look at the bushings on the end of the linkage, there's a good chance the one or both are broken or missing. If so get a set of boogers and change all four, two on the transmission and two on the shifter.
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have a look at the bushings on the end of the linkage, there's a good chance the one or both are broken or missing. If so get a set of boogers and change all four, two on the transmission and two on the shifter.
Shift forks WILL fail in these transmissions;

1. Bushings are ALWAYS bad, about 1000% more chance it's bushings!!!!!!

2. Shift forks are pretty inexpensive. It's some fun to put them in, though.

3. You can simply braze weld pads where the fork's plastic pads were they fell off.


I would urge you to get booger bushings (ebay or boogerracing.com) AND adjust the linkage (super, super simple) before you contemplate the transmission.

That being said, these transmissions are relatively easy to wok on, and used replacements are readily available for about nothing.
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