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Detecting 7 Common Manual Transmission Problems

If you are used to driving a manual transmission, then you ought to know about these common manual transmission problems. Unless you have enough knowledge of manual transmission problems, it would be harder for you to detect any problem at all. Overall, manual transmission problems are quite simple. So, let’s have a glance!

The Most Common 6 Manual Transmission Problems

Manual Transmission Oil Leakage

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Oil leakage is one of the most common manual transmission problems

You might all have heard about this problem already. Often the oil slips outside the unit and gets to back. You can recognize this issue just by looking at the oil leakage inside the car system.

To find the root, drivers can just follow the oil leakage trail in the front to detect the source. That helps you to address one of the manual transmission problems instantly.

Manual Gearbox Problems

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Gearbox is also another car part that need attention

In a manual transmission, the running motor keeps it busy with the gear. Sometimes it may jump out quickly that it hurts your knuckle.

In some other situations, the transmission could be decreasing rapidly, especially when decelerating or driving upward. It is one of those manual gearbox problems that ask for urgent attention.

Manual Transmission Doesn’t Engage

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The engagement problem is always the tricky problem

This one is a bit tricky. If you see the manual transmission is not engaging into gear, with the motor running, there might be a clutch problem. This could happen quite often with old cars.

You can be sure if you see the transmission engaging when the engine is not running. It’s another in a series of manual transmission problems. Whenever you spot this problem from your dear vehicle, we recommend to take it to the professional car mechanics for the best.

Transmission Scratches When Engages Into Gear

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A new clutch can be the root of this problem

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It is one of the most common manual transmission problems, and this usually occurs when you install a new clutch. Let’s get into detail to see what’s happening inside your manual transmission at this stage.

It could be that the synchronizer rings are failing to engage gears by slowing down to a necessary level. Thus, you feel a scratch when you try to engage the shifter. The synchronizing rings work as kind of brake on the gears; so when they are worn out, they fail to slow down and, as a result, the gear doesn’t engage.

Using the wrong type of fluid can also be the reason behind this kind of manual transmission problems. To ensure a healthy and normal lifespan for your transmission, you must pick the right, quality engine oil.

If the clutch refuses to disengage the transmission, there will be events of scratching. The low-quality clutch can also cause the same problem.

Noises – Ticking, Knocking, Clicking

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Weird noise is always a bad sign

Different types of sound indicate various problems. We will help you to make a list of noise that related to manual transmission problems.  For instance, a clicking noise most probably means a broken tooth, while knocking sounds mean a damaged or broken gear. Last but not least, a ticking or bearing noise means a wrong gear.

In order to avoid further internal damage, you should be consulting a mechanics.

Gear Not Engaging In Cold Temperatures

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The temperature affects your vehicle a lot

Burning smell

Any burning smell deriving from your car is a cause for concern and one of this is overheating transmission fluid. Transmission fluid takes a main role to keep the parts lubricated and cooled so that they don’t get worn out and damaged.

The system runs too hot which it leads to increased friction and corrosive activity as well as the build up of additional sludge and debris if the fluid breaks down. If this problem happens too much, the transmission will eventually damage itself enough to break down completely, resulting in an expensive replacement. The prevalent causes are low fluid level or using the incorrect brand/type of fluid.


If the temperature outside is nearing ZERO, the gear may not engage until the mercury hits the regular line. It happens when your engine is low on lubricant, or else, there’s an issue with your hydraulic clutch. You may try out a lighter oil to solve the problem.

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  13. Tyler Meredith says

    It’s interesting to read about some of the sounds of a broken transmission. It makes sense that something like a broken tooth could result in a clicking sound while a knock might be a hole gear. It’s something to remember because I’ve been hearing some sounds from my transmission that I don’t recognize.

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  14. Tom says

    Thanks got a new clutch put in maybe this is part of my issues. Do have a hard time getting the gear sometimes I park Little too much uphill.

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  16. Tyler Meredith says

    I’ve been noticing a lot of problems with my transmission lately but I’m not quite sure what’s causing them. I think one of the main problems could be that there is a broken tooth or two because there are a lot of clicking noises when I start to go. I’ll have to take it to a mechanic to see if it’s repairable. Thanks for the post!

  17. Randy says

    What a lousy article! Who wrote this, some 13 year old who’s never seen more than just the outside of a car before? What’s this nonsense about using engine oil in a transmission?? And why are there pictures of an automatic transmission in an article that is supposed to be about manual transmissions?? Whomever paid for this article would have bought more for their money by going down to Skid Row and having some lush write it!

  18. Rifer moffat says

    New gear box but we install it and it not hoing in 3rd and 5th gear what the problem

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  19. Hilton says

    2009 Corolla 1.6 Prof 6speed gearbox

    We can’t get 4th & 5th hear
    Can you please assist on our issue

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  21. Malaea says

    mechanics installed a new clutch on my Toyota land cruiser prado 2002 and when I tried to put in gear there’s a scraping sound coming from the gearbox but car moves slowly when accelerate and the sound gets louder. Please help.

  22. Niro Naicker says

    Hi can some please help me, I am beside myself and have spent too much money with any resolve for my Hyundai Getz. My car was giving issues with the clutch. Especially when hot and in use the gears would it take and then the clutch pedal would be too hard. I had a new clutch kit fitted after a week the pressure went down in the pedals. I took it back to the mechanic who then said its the hydraulics, so had a new master cylinder fitted. All this time there was still a violent vibration when taking off and releasing on the clutch pedal or dropping down gears. One month later clutch issues again this time refusing to take gear and could not be driven. Sent it to another mechanic he put another new clutch kit and did a clutch o|he and put new plunges. Gears still don’t feel right. Two weeks later whilst driving the car and came to a stop street I can feel like the car wants to switch off. I put it in neutral and it was giving violent jerks and wants to switch off. Pedal still had pressure but gears wear being sticky. I pumped the clutch pedal just to get a gear selection to keep it mobile. Now I cannot drive it because it I know it will switch off. All the mechanics that I took it too do not seem to understand what I am saying and just do a temporary fix and rip me off. Please can someone share some insight, I would be most grateful. The last mechanic that worked on it said it sounds like it needs a new slave cylinder. Why would it need that if I just had both cyclinders changed a few months ago

  23. Marko says


    I bought a new Peugeot 2008 diesel 5 speed gear, and after one month of driving it, strange sound started to coming out from it, which can be hear only on the left side of car. Sound is like a crunching stones when not holding the clutch and when you press the clutch crunching sound is not present anymore. Today after 8 or 9 months of driving that sound is stronger. Now I can hear it when I’m driving the car, because while driving you are not holding the clutch pressed :). In Peugoet told me that it is a bearing and that it should work like that 🙂 and they simply don’t want to fix it, maybe they’ll fix it if I pay. So my question is should I fix it? The sound is little louder after 9 months but I think that it is not changing in the last couple of months. So should I fix it? What are the problems that can happen in the future?

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