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Mannual Box, 1990 V6 4runner

Manual box wont go into 5th or reverse, shifter just flops around when trying to select these gears, all the rest are fine Please help me.Cheers, Nathan

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    toyota previa won't go into reverse or 5th gear. Other gears working ok. Reverse and 5th are on the same side of the shifter on the previa

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Change the trans fluid, put a new filter and adjust the linkage

Posted on Jul 09, 2008

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You have a linkage problem its either where the shifter is in the floor there is a ball there that wears out and causes this. or its loose at the transmission just pop the hood and visually inspect the transmission and the shifter linkages see if any are not connected. if its connected and tight on the trans then you know you need a new shifter in the car. they are not hard to replace.

Posted on Jul 05, 2008

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