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Slips out of 1st and 5th

I have a 96 toyota tacoma with 186 M miles and it just started 2 months ago slipping out of 1st and 5th gear. Would that be the clutch or internal synchronizer?

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Have you checked your transmission fluid level and your transmission filter? That's a common cause of slippping.

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That would most definitely be the clutch. The synchronizer does not hold the gear in place, it just syncs the drive line with the next gear. It is either the clutch plate or the clutch.

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