Problem Description and Possible Solution
The manual transmission may "pop" out of 5th gear, this is most commonly caused by a faulty 5th gear synchronizer. Our technicians tell us a revised 5th gear synchronizer is available to correct this concern.
Average mileage: 78,056 (38,000–112,000)
Drive Train affected: Manual Transmission
10 people reported this problem
While driving on an interstate highway, the 5th gear became disengaged. My attempts to re-engage it remain unsuccessful, even when I hold the stick shift in the 5th gear position with my hand. It is worth noting that about 95% of the miles that I have put on this car were highway miles in 5th gear. First gear through fourth gear continue to work flawlessly. It is not clear to me, based on what I've read about this problem, that I can have great confidence that it can be repaired well or that it would be cost-effective to do so. My present plan is to simply rely on the four functional gears which will slightly decrease my car's gas mileage and, theoretically, shorten the engine life of my car. Concomitant with the onset of this problem, I have also noticed a soft metal tapping sound when I start driving my car at low speed. The sound becomes more frequent when I make a sharp right turn. At higher speeds, the sound is no longer present or noticeable. Am I making a mistake by using my car in this condition without having a mechanic check it, or without having it repaired?
Today, my 2009 SX4 Sport manual blew a synchronizer. She was driving on the freeway when the shifter popped out of 5th gear and wouldn't re-engage. When she arrived home, I listened to the car's running engine, and noticed a knocking sound coming from the transmission. Our car is still covered by the warranty, so the transmission will be repaired for free.
Car kept popping out of 5th, I was told they would replace transmission, then told they only replaced the synchronizer(?), or something. NOW, the car sticks in 1st gear, sticks in reverse, like the clutch wants to be an automatic, and at times, you can't even find 5th gear. With only 2000 miles on the car, since they "fixed" it, I keep losing brake fluid, and now the clutch will not even engage! It is stuck!
Merry Christmas Eve from my Suzuki of 41,000 miles, huh!?
Our Suzuki is doing the same thing. When you try to put it in 5th gear, it pops out. We have been told by two mechanics that it needs a new transmission. Help! The transmission may cost more than the car is worth.