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I have a 94 celica sx with a 3sgte st185 conversion. Gearbox was pulled out and repaired 8 months ago as well as a new driveshaft. Haven't really had any problems. A couple of days ago, I was leaving a mates place and went to put car in reverse....titanic struggle but I got her in, drove home fine until once again struggling with reverse. Didn't drive her again until last night. This time all the bottom gears (2,4,R) just don't want to go in. 1,3,5 are perfectly normal (noticed that there are two cables connected to the shifter - one for left to right and one for up and down. Is that correct?) After making sure that it wasn't lack of brake fluid or anything I've been reading through this site and I think it can only be a few things. Hopefully it's just a worn/broken gear linkage or even just the shift rod bushings need replacing! as im certain one of these would be the luckiest result? Beyond that, is it the shifter cables? The shifting block in transmission not working properly? Or could it be the syncronizer ring assembly or stripped/broken shell? If anyone could please instruct me on how to troubleshoot and cross off these possibilities so I can figure out what's wrong would be greatly appreciated! I'm a student and this is my first decent car (paying off loan) I've barely had her for 8 months and I just can't afford a mechanic! I have found the invoice for the repairs to the gearbox....it doesn't state how long the warranty is but I think it's 12 months so as long as i can identify the issue and it's covered or part of the gearbox I should be able to get them to fix it. Thoughts on that too please?

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Not to panic as it is not the box
because you have 2 cables for the gear selection they have to be adjusted correctly to enable gear selection
one cable will position the selector for in the gate in line with a shift rail and the other will move the rail
after a box replacement ,it is very possible that the adjustment has mover or a cable has stretch or started to fail causing your problems
any accredited transmission shop with experience on your make of vehicle should be able to adjust or replace the faulty cable

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SOURCE: shifter seems to have shifted

just ram the shifter in your booty,.....duh

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I would suggest hat you replace the timing belt. The noise that you hear is the belt.

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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Hi Cain,

Yup it's called a weep hole and yes it's days are numbered. But if you're like most folks (well, like me anyway) you may need to make that number a little larger.

The same thing happened to the water pump on my Jeep and I didn't have enough 'petty cash' to replace it right away. I also got tired of filling the radiator before every trip.

So I addressed the symptom not the cause. I plugged the weep hole.

I made sure the hole was dry and used JBWeld (a two part epoxy for metal) to plug it. It lasted another 8 months before the shaft started leaking. Worked so well I forgot it was a problem.

Don't know why it wouldn't work for you.

Good luck with it.
Mike

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Could be a long list of things.
Its too late for a filter change. Doing that now would probably make matters worse.
The trans uses electric solenoids and a pump to apply pressure to the clutches. So either could be faulty given the age and mileage.
I'm not sure if the shifting problem is connected to the shift indicator lights problem.
You may need to take it to a trans shop to find out for sure. And they will not want to touch it with that many miles on it.
A regular mechanic might be able to do a pressure test on it to at least find out if it is the pump or not.

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