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Kicking out of 5th gear 97 MTX

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by seano, Nov 4, 2020.

  1. seano

    seano FEOA Member

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    Hey y'all,
    So for the first time today, my 97 with MTX started kicking out of 5th gear.
    Any ideas of what might be the issue/where to start troubleshooting?
    Thanks for any help!
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    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    I had the same problem a year ago on a long road trip, it turned out to be simply low on trans fluid (ATF).
    Yes, it's weird this could make it kick out of gear, but it did on mine.
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    Thanks for the rec Joey!
    I just got a chance to check and fill the trans fluid (embarrassingly my first time doing so on this car) and added about 2.5 quarts to top it off...
    It still kicks out of 5th unfortunately.

    Any ideas on what to try next?

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    I guess I would crawl under the car and check the motor mounts, shifter linkage etc. to see if they are floppy.

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