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  • Toyota Tacoma manual transmission pop out of gear? Here's the simple fix!

    I bought a '94 Toyota pickup Friday of last week. Three miles after the purchase, the tranny slipped out of 4th into neutral. Didn't want to go to prison so I waited until I got 45 minutes away from Mr. 'Ain't Nothing Wrong with that Truck' before calling him. Of course he didn't answer and of course he hasn't called me in the five days since. I left a message that let him know emphatically that he knew of the problem and I would appreciate him letting me know the possible cause. Staying cool, I looked up 'my transmission is slipping out of 4th gear' online and fortunately, this article appeared. I took the truck to a mechanic this morning and he called me three hours later saying it would take a special tool 'from the Toyota place' that costs 3 or 4 hundred dollars and that he di...see more »I bought a '94 Toyota pickup Friday of last week. Three miles after the purchase, the tranny slipped out of 4th into neutral. Didn't want to go to prison so I waited until I got 45 minutes away from Mr. 'Ain't Nothing Wrong with that Truck' before calling him. Of course he didn't answer and of course he hasn't called me in the five days since. I left a message that let him know emphatically that he knew of the problem and I would appreciate him letting me know the possible cause. Staying cool, I looked up 'my transmission is slipping out of 4th gear' online and fortunately, this article appeared. I took the truck to a mechanic this morning and he called me three hours later saying it would take a special tool 'from the Toyota place' that costs 3 or 4 hundred dollars and that he didn't want to put out that much money for a hundred dollar job. There was another mechanic next door who looked up the labor estimate (I already had the two parts) and he said he'd fix it for 55.00 I waited until 20 minutes before he closed to check the status of the repair. Another guy was working on it who had no idea what he was doing. I was absolutely heartsick. The owner walked in and I told him what the article said and that pliers (spread apart) would be a better way than trying to pry up the cover with a flat head screwdriver. I took two long screwdrivers and placed them where they wouldn't interfere with the pliers. As I pushed downward equally on either side, he turned the pliers 1/8th turn counter-clockwise and it popped right out. The bushing was cracked and the rubber seal had disintegrated into crumbs. I wiped out the housing and the entire bottom of the shifter. He applied grease to the ball and then set the bushing (hole side up) on a vice. He turned the shifter upside down and then took a rubber hammer to drive the ball into the bushing. It popped right in. We put the entire assembly back together and it drives like a new vehicle. Whoever wrote this article is a saint and if you're ever in Greensboro N.C., lunch is on me. Thank you.

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