1992 Toyota Paseo (5-speed manual transmission) with difficulty shifting into 1st, 2nd, 5th & reverse?
I have a 1992 Toyota Paseo that's recently started shifting hard into all gears except 3rd & 4th. We've tried it even when the car's off and it's still having difficulty, so it doesn't seem like it would have anything to do with the clutch. Weirdly, it doesn't seem to do it all the time. It almost seems like it does it right after it's rained. When it's being difficult, the hardest to shift into is definitely reverse, although 5th isn't always a picnic either. 1st and 2nd are a little tough, but not that bad. 3rd and 4th are smooth as butter. Is it possible for the shift assembly box (or whatever it's technically called) to have some sort of difficulty that could be causing it to stick or be held back in some way? My boyfriend is a mechanic (although he hasn't been able to take it in yet) and he doesn't think it's the transmission, but he's not all that familiar with manual transmission cars. It's got about 160,000 miles on it. Any thoughts?