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#1 of 15 5 speed transmission question, 97 corolla
Mar 20, 2012 (5:41 am)
so i bought this car a couple weeks ago but the transmission was no good in it. i went to a junk yard and got another transmission off an identical 97 corolla same trim same engine size everything. me and a friend swapped out the transmission and after getting the new one in and taking it for a test drive ive encountered a problem.
it feels like 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gear are all the same gear. they all feel like 3rd. to start off (with the shifter in the 1st position) i have to rev it to like 4-5krpm just so the car doesnt stall. i figured a problem with the shift linkage but it can only go in one way. and reverse works fine tons of power. and i have 5thgear for sure and pretty sure 4th. so im not really sure if this is some error of me putting it back together wrong which im pretty sure i didnt or if somethings wrong with this transmission i bought. the shifter inside the car moves into all the gears and it feels like its sliding into the gear but like i said there is no difference in feeling between 1st 2nd or 3rd gear. any help would be appreciated
#2 of 15 Re: 5 speed transmission question, 97 corolla [trev0r]
Mar 20, 2012 (6:44 am)
Sounds like a job for AAMCO. But seriously, if you keep driving it like it is you'll be putting a new clutch in too. Did you ever replace a tranny before? Sounds like the replacement was bad also.
Mar 20, 2012 (10:26 am)
You'll have to re-post without using profanity. I'm sure it was an oversight, but we have to remove posts containing profanity.
Mar 20, 2012 (10:31 am)
oh sorry about that, yea i have changed transmissions before but im not saying i couldnt have messed up. does this sound like a bad transmission? because it shifts rly good with reverse and stuff. i did get the transmission from a junk yard so i guess it could be possible that its bad if thats what it sounds like to anyone, im clueless cuz the gears that do work, work fine
Mar 20, 2012 (10:34 am)
i spoke the the owner of the junk yard and they said they had used the car the week just before and the transmission was working fine. the shift linkage looks okay but if it was bent could this cause it not to go into gears correctly?
Mar 20, 2012 (10:37 am)
Your thread is probably going to be seen by more people if it's posted in the Corolla Maintenance & Repair discussion - I know a few more people "follow" that discussion, and might miss your separate discussion. You can re-post there, or I can just move this thread there, your choice.
(I would have moved it before you got feedback, but I didn't see it quickly enough)
#8 of 15 Re: 5 speed transmission question, 97 corolla [trev0r]
May 10, 2012 (10:26 am)
Sounds like an issue with the linkage, you can adjust this in the car.. there are adjustment bolts located under the center console as well as on the linkage itself.. You might have to get a shop manual and get the adjustments correct.
If you go to Autozone's website you should be able to become a member, by signing up, which should give you access to the shop manual for free and give you the adjustment "how to" as well as instructions to how to correctly adjust this..
Keep in mind that there are two different 5-speed stick shifts. One which will work on the FE engines, (7AFE and 4AFE) which if i remember correctly, have variations.. the other version was for the GE engines (4AGE, 4AGZE, 4AGTE, 4AGZTE).. they are bigger, stronger, and can handle much more power.. Although, they may not fit directly with one-another.. You may need to make adjustments to make it correctly work..
Check to see where it came from?
The Prism LSI had the 4AGE motor.. If it did, see if you can get the motor too.. thats 35MPG of civic eating fun! (Or with a few little bolt-on's the motor is capable on stock internals of getting close to the 250HP mark)
That heavier duty transmission was found in the;
Where as the other 5-Speed was;
Corolla CE, LE, base
Corolla SR5 coupe
Prism LS and Base
possibly.. the Paseo and Tercel
Good luck.. Sounds like you can at worst drive backwards.. save the miles..
#9 of 15 2004 Matrix Early Transmission Failure: Corolla also?
Jul 13, 2012 (1:33 pm)
Hello everyone. It is my understanding that the Toyota Matrix and Toyota Corolla have the same transmission and engine. Please be aware of a serious transmission problem on these vehicles.
It seems that many Matrix owners are having problems with a faulty transmission bearing which necessitates the transmission needing to be replaced prematurely. I would think this applies to Corolla owners also.
We had to replace our five-speed manual transmission on our 2004 Toyota Matrix at 98,000 miles at a cost of $3,100! Models besides the 2004 are also affected, but I don't know which ones. I sent a certified letter to the president of Toyota Motor Corp. North America. I was told since there is no recall, I would not be compensated.
It is important to notify Matrix and Corolla owners about this problem before their life is endangered when the car breaks down without warning on a 70 mile-per-hour highway. This is what happened to me.
There are numerous reports of Toyota Matrix 5-speed transmission failures due to a defective transmission bearing. I don't believe a manual transmission should need to be replaced at 98,000 miles. Some vehicle owners have had it happen at less mileage. The regional manager of the repair shop I took it to said he has seen this problem before, and he believes there will be a recall. At this time, Toyota will not compensate Matrix owners for this very expensive defect.
Please sign my petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/unbearable-transmission-bearing Hopefully if there are enough signatures, Toyota will do a recall .
#10 of 15 Re: 2004 Matrix Early Transmission Failure: Corolla also? [unbearable]
Jul 13, 2012 (2:24 pm)
Other than you own transmission trouble,where did you get this information from? I wasn't able to find any kind of trend on the web. Please share your sources of information for all of us to investigate.