Transmission problems

Tiny
DAVIDHUCKABY
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  • 1996 ISUZU RODEO
  • 2.6L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 280,000 MILES
I just purchased this vehicle about a week ago. It is hard to get it into first gear to take off. Then for a couple days now it has been jumping out of fear while I am going down the road. I replaced the gear oil with 75/80 weight oil as recommended through Autozone. While rolling real slow it goes into first gear easy like it should. Could this be a clutch problem? Or transmission problems? Thank you ahead of time for your expertise.
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 AT 6:56 PM

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Tiny
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Hard shifting into gear can be caused by a clutch that is not releasing far enough, either due to mis-adjustment or a hydraulic problem, depending on which type you have. When you add the additional symptom of popping out of gear, both problems are more likely to be caused by a worn synchro. That is a brass ring that slides over teeth on the side of the gear to mechanically lock that gear to the shaft it is spinning on. As you move the shift lever, the first thing that brass ring does is rub on the side of the gear to cause its rotational speed to match the shaft's speed, then, as you push further on the shift lever, it is easy for that ring to slide over the teeth since everything is turning at the same speed. When that ring becomes worn, it does not rub on the side of the gear hard enough, then the gear can be spinning too fast or too slowly. It is like trying to hop onto a horse on the merry-go-round while it is running at full speed. You might do it if you run fast enough, but expect some grinding to occur!
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 AT 7:08 PM
Tiny
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If I were to replace the transmission, and get one from a junkyard, is there any vehicles that would match and work? I been told a Chevrolet's S-10 transmission would work. I am not sure. If I need to replace transmission that is where I would get it from, a junkyard.
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 AT 7:54 PM
Tiny
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That is beyond the scope of my memory banks. Your best approach is to ask at any salvage yard. They will have large and very expensive "Hollander Guides". Those are books that list every part for a specific model and year with a code number. You look that number up in the back of the book, and it will list every model and year that part was used on.

If you are willing to do some research, you can also look on the internet for transmission suppliers and rebuilders that list their inventory and part numbers. To do this, you need to already have a donor car model in mind. If you are lucky, they will list all the models at once that transmission fits. I use the Rock Auto web site for reference almost every day. If you look up the transmission for two vehicles and the same supplier lists the same part number for both, you'll know they interchange. The problem is when the part numbers are different, you don't know why. That difference could be insignificant, as in one has a threaded bracket mounting hole that you do not need, or they have different gear ratios.

Be careful if you go by pictures only. Two transmissions can look the same but be not interchangeable. The input shaft diameter, number of clutch plate splines, length of the housing, and mounting points could all be different.
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Thursday, November 24th, 2016 AT 6:05 PM

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