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5 speed manual

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by jwa1028, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Feb 26, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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    jwa1028

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    Sometimes it's really hard to shift into reverse in my '01 manual 5 speed. Anyone else having this problem???
     
  2. Feb 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    That's a normal characteristic of the W59. Next time, try shifting to first the back to reverse. Sometimes I used to shift into first, then easy the clutch out just enough to hear the motor rpm change then back to reverse.
     
  3. Feb 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    sounds like the synchronizers. are you pushing clutch in all the way?
     
  4. Feb 26, 2010 at 1:36 PM
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    I've tried shifting to first and then reverse, didn't help much. I push the clutch pedal all the way to the floor, could it be a clutch adjustment problem?
     
  5. Feb 26, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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    Reverse does not have a synchronizer. Here's what to do:

    1. Push in the clutch and shift into first gear
    2. Pull shifter back into neutral and let out on the clutch
    3. Push clutch in and shift into reverse

    This will slow down the input shaft and allow for better sync'ing.

    BTW, Toyota used to print these intructions in the owner's manual way back in the day. I remember my then new '95 Tercel had these in the manual.
     
  6. Feb 26, 2010 at 1:50 PM
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    I have the same prob with my '99 and my girlfriend's escort. Most of the time I just disengage the E-brake and the car will move ever so slightly, and the reverse will engage.

    Pretty annoying, though. Sometimes I even have to shift into first like these guys said and make the car inch forward before I can get it into reverse.
     
  7. Feb 26, 2010 at 2:06 PM
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    'Reverse does not have a synchronizer. Here's what to do:

    1. Push in the clutch and shift into first gear
    2. Pull shifter back into neutral and let out on the clutch
    3. Push clutch in and shift into reverse

    This will slow down the input shaft and allow for better sync'ing.

    BTW, Toyota used to print these intructions in the owner's manual way back in the day. I remember my then new '95 Tercel had these in the manual.'

    That sounds like the best advise yet, I'll give it a try...thanks.
     
  8. Feb 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    SurfInferno

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    mine does the same thing. It pisses me off. I dont make U turns if i know i cant make them quick just in case of the fact that it may take time to slap it in reverse.
     
  9. Feb 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    Every manual transmission I've ever had (many) has been this way... it's no big deal. If it doesn't go straight in, just shift to neutral, let the clutch out, push the clutch back in & try again. It'll go. The main thing to remember is don't try to FORCE it. All you're doing is tearing up your linkage, bushings, etc. if you do.
     
  10. Mar 4, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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    That's what I do on the rare occasion it doesn't want to smoothly go into reverse. Just throw it into neutral and try again.
     
  11. Mar 4, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    I usually let off the clutch while I'm manuevering, so maybe that's why I haven't had too many issues with putting it into reverse, even with the short shift kit.

    First gear for me is actually more annoying.
     
  12. Mar 7, 2010 at 9:37 PM
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    i have the same issues with my 06 once a week or so, jus tlike everyone else says, i usually shift to another gear then try again and its fine.
     
  13. Mar 17, 2010 at 2:40 PM
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    you have to caress it in, do not force it
     
  14. Mar 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM
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    iv noticed that you just have to let off the break to get it to roll ever so slightly, or jsut tap the gas slightly while putting pressure on the stick to reverse
     
  15. Mar 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM
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    ive had this little problem with my truck since day 1, also had it with my old '96 civic to. It only does every now and then. i just go into 1st and move ahead a little then itll go right into reverse no problem.
     
  16. Mar 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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    i usually just rev the engine slightly well depressing the clutch pedal and after the rpm goes back to idle in about a second it goes right into reverse, i always just thought it was due to a cold engine or something like that
     
  17. Mar 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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    once in a blue moon i get that. i just toss into a different gear, then right back to R
     
  18. Mar 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM
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    Mine balked this afternoon. I simply moved the shifter into first, and then back to reverse. It'll move the gears around a bit like others have said. IMO, it's just part of owning a manual. I've had every manual tranny vehicle that I've owned do this on occasion.
     
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