1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse clutch issue or linkage issue?

Tiny
HATCHETMAN66
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  • 1998 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • RWD
  • MANUAL
  • 112,000 MILES
When I bought this car it had 89,000 miles on it and it currently has 112,000. The only repairs I have had to make thus far is to replace the fuel pump and later, the clutch master cylinder. I haven't been able to use fourth gear pretty much since I bought the car. Later, even after the master cylinder was replaced, second gear would 9 times out of 10 grind but still would go into 2nd gear. Now it has started to sometimes start jumping out of 5th gear but that is usually after I had been driving down the highway for a little while. I don't have the long highway trips now so I haven't noticed any 5th gear issues now. However, this past weekend it has started to want to jump out of 3rd gear every so often. (Second still grinds unless of course you are slowly shifting and easing it in gear at just the right moment). A friend of mine test drove it this weekend after I asked them to take a quick look at it because I went to put it in reverse to leave and it was like reverse was hung up and I couldn't get it go in reverse for a second. They think I need a new clutch but the clutch doesn't seem to feel any different. Do you suspect the linkage or the clutch from what I have described? Also, I was told that worn bushings would also make it start jumping out of 5th gear like it was doing. Could bushings be wreaking havoc and causing any of my issues? Thanks!
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 AT 6:57 AM

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Tiny
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If it' jumps out of gear it isn't either engaging all the way or you have a linkage/synchro problem in the trans. Also check the trans fluid level. Because you have a cables to shift it may be a streteched cable or out of adjustment so check that. If you can shift gears ok and it doesn't slip then its not the clutch
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 AT 7:08 AM
Tiny
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Thanks - I was thinking linkage myself. I was thinking linkage because where the cables attach (bear with me because I don't know the real part names exactly, lol) and the "arm" (it is a horizontal arm) moves these cables when you move the gear shift through the various gears, that arm has been drooping down slightly so that you can see scuff marks below it where it is rubbing against the housing (or whatever you call it). I also recall now that I think about it, that when I first got the car all was well and then the problem started after a zip tie the previous owner had on some part of the linkage had broken. Unfortunately we didn't know the zip tie was even on there until after it broke so therefore I'm not sure what its exact placement was. Thanks for your input - it confirms my line of thinking which is, of course, contrary to what the fellas are telling me and they don't even want to consider what this tomboy's thoughts are on her own car, lol! I might not always know the proper terms but at least I keep out thinking those stubborn guys at home, lol! THANKS AGAIN!
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 AT 9:13 AM

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