Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'96 Eclipse, Manual Transmission Problems
Q: When Im driving down the road in my car and I put it into fifth gear, the transmission jumps out of fifth gear into neutral. I put it into fourth and then try into fifth gear again but it does it once more. It is a96 Mitsubishi Eclipse, what is going wrong with my car and how can I fix it so it is more dependable?"
- Brent B.
A: From your description, I would say that the transmission is going to have to come out of your vehicle to be rebuilt or replaced. You may ask if it is a shifting linkage issue, maybe an adjustment? If it was an adjustment issue you would have a problem with first & third as well. The problem is not going to get any better and you will likely start hearing other noises from your transmission. If you want dependable, replace or rebuild will be the answer to that problem.