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2010 4WD 3L, 185,000Km "falls" out of 3rd


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With engine off, clutch in, engage 3rd gear. The lever returns to neutral under gravity. When driving, normally falls out of third, sometime stays in third for a while. No load, Load and overrun make no difference. All other gears stay in.
I believe previous owner held onto gear knob, as it is very shiny.
Anybody know what the fix is?


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"In most cases this is caused by wear of the 3/4 shift fork and/or wear of the 3/4 synchronizer assembly; most notably the synchronizer sleeve. The only fix is to go inside the transmission." 

Too many years since my last manual vehicle but I learnt/knew not to drive with your hand resting on the gear lever. 

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  • 4 months later...

3 plugs on the side of the transmission, These are detent plugs, inside is a short spring and a ball bearing, easy to check, just undo, be bloody careful not to lose spring or ball, Otherwise buggered syncro ring

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