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I have a 1990 Toyota Camry, 4 cylinder (2.0) 5 speed. The transmission has been completely rebuilt but it still pops out of 5th gear. The transmission has even been pulled out 2 additional times and other transmission shops have looked at it and there appears to be nothing wrong with it but after it is put back into the vehicle all goes well until you hit 5th gear and once you give it any gas it pops out. What other issues can I look at to have this problem solved.

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Friday, February 11th, 2011 AT 8:34 PM

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Syncronizers can cause this issue. They are internal. However, they usually cause a grinding when shifting.

As far as it jumping out of gear, there are several things that can cause it to happen. Here is a list of things I can think of that you should discuss with the mechanics that did the work.

1) Worn Pilot bearing
2) Bent shifter fork
3) Worn gear teeth or face
4) Excessive gear train end play
5) Worn Synchronizers
6) Missing dent ball spring
7) Shift linkage worn or out of adjustment
8) Engine / trans bolts loose or out of adjustment
9) Transmission alignment

Of all the things I listed, two things stick out. First, the shifter linkage (since it was checked by more than one tech). Also, excessive geartrain end play since it only happens in 5th gear. Also, because of the high mileage, the gears themself could have excessive wear. One other thing that is easy to miss is the dent ball spring.

Other than the things I listed (as long as you hear no bearing noise), there isn't anything that should cause it.

Let me know if this helps you or if you have other questions. NOTE: Everything I mentioned requires that the trans be removed again other than the linkage adjustment.


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