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I have a 1991 Toyota SR5 V6 4x4 extended cab pickup with 182,000, with a 5-speed manual transmission, and stays in garage. It is mint condition except, when in 1st gear, the shifter pops out. With years of this occuring and other unfamilar family driving it, I strongly believe the 1st gear is badly chipped. To drive it, I have to shift fast out of 1st to get to 2nd to drive it, and I know this is wearing on the clutch. It is a pain when driving up a incline. Is it best just to entirely replace the 5-speed manual transmission or get it repaired. If I replace the entire transmission, what are the parts you recommend I need to replace with the transmission??

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  • ckflack Jun 01, 2011

    I don't think you are correct. I have hold the shifter 'hard' in first gear and it will still pop out (it is really loud when you are outside) and it even grinds like 1st gear is missing teeth. First manual vehicle that I ever had that has had this problem. I cannot get up hill or up a incline after I stop. On level ground, I can shift to second before it skips out of 1st gear, but I know this is wearing on my clutch because I can smell it. Al the other gears are ok. I will take your recommendation and get it checked out. I am considering just finding a good new used but rebuilt transmission and dropping it in verses getting it repaired. I have been pricing some hoping to run upon a good deal. Any ideas on finding a great rebuilt 5-speed manual transmission 1991 Toyota SR5 V6 4x4 extended cab pickup in the metro Atlanta area?



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This is not a problem to fix but does need the transmission removed. The reason for the grinding into gear is something called a "synchro". A brass ring which at speeds allows the gears to align and mesh to engage. The gear may still be good but the synchro needs to be changed. I would have the transmission repiared by a local and trusted transmission repair shop who can also offer a warranty. This will probably take around $100 in parts and another $300- $350 in labor provided everything is in good working order, which is sounds like it is. It will require a visual inspection to be accurate. Let me know if you need further advice or if you think you are getting ripped off by a shop.

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    Kori Policy Jun 01, 2011

    I believe that most salvage yards will have one to trade for a reasonable cost. I will do some looking around for a transmission for you if you would like? I found some yards in your area that may carry this. These are good transmissions but things do happen. One reason it will still pop out after being held is due to centrifugal force and the speed in which it is turning. Email me at and I am going to send you a link I just found - certified trans with 2 year warranty on parts $595 and free shipping. If the budget allows, this is a great way to go rather than taking a chance with a junk yard one which "could" fail soon after installation. Again these are real good transmissions but 20 years will take their toll. The place is called "enginetransmission world" here are the phone numbers - Tel. 888-344-8044
    Tel. 414-764-1848



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