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Gearbox my wife has a 1999 rav4 and it has started to jump out of 5th gear she has had the rav since new and this is the only problem she has ever had with it can you give mw some advice on the problem. regards ray

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I have a 99 rav4 and the same thing happened. it was a synchronizer problem

Posted on Aug 15, 2008

There is a TSB regarding this problem. It is very common. It requires replacing the synchro, hub fifth gear and bearing plate. It can be done with the trans in the vehicle and takes 2-3 hours.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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Hi

This could be a cracked housing, a worn selector fork, a worn gear, worn linkage, any number of things, and really the only sure fire way to find out is to let a mechanic get "hands on" with it, but unless its just a worn linkage then the cheapest repair would be a used gearbox.

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Hi.

Most likely it's the selector fork for the 5th gear that isn't adjusted properly (or even bent / worn)
This would mean the gears are only effectively 1/2 in mesh, and not locked in place with a detent ball as per normal.

This can be confirmed by the feel of the gearlever. With the clutch down, there should be resistance to go from each gear back to the neutral position. In your case, there won't be any on the 5th.

Gearbox needs to come out and be opened to rectify the problem I'm afraid.

Hope this helps you.

Posted on Jun 14, 2008

  • Richard Perkins
    Richard Perkins Jun 14, 2008

    Just remembered another obvious point -



    Could also be the detent spring for the 5th selector shaft is broken -or missing. THIS may be accessable from outside without gearbox removal.

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Sounds like the synchronizers in the trans are starting to fail ask her it it has become harder to shift between certain gears (i.e. 1st-2nd, 2nd-3rd, 3rd-4th, or 4th-5th) does the clutch slip at all or does the clutch pedal feel different? if its a hydrolic clutch (almost if not all newer cars have hydrolic clutches) the clutch master cylinder may be low it looks like a small brake master cylinder (the clutch master cylinder is generaly round) and usualy is located directly under it, next to it or offset to the right OR left and located under the brake master cylinder the clutch will usualy take DOT 3 brake fluid or hydrolic clutch fluid it will tell you what type it takes right on the cap

if it isn't low on fliud and the clutch isn't slipping or not releasing/ engaging properly, its time for a new or rebuilt trans

Posted on Jun 14, 2008

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