On vehicles with a manual transmission, worn shift bushings can cause the transmission to pop out of gear, especially when coasting down in 1st or 2nd gear. Replacing all the shift linkage bushings is pretty straight forward and not expensive and will commonly correct this concern.
Worn Shift Bushings Will Cause Manual Transmission to Pop Out of Gear on Toyota RAV4
Average mileage: 131,000 (115,000–148,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
8 people reported this problem
1997 Toyota RAV4 - 4WD
Engages into 1st and 3rd gear...but, not 2nd, 4th or reverse.... Does it sound like worn shift bushings. I live in Costa Rica, and I am a woman. I want to have an idea of what the problem is before I take it into see a mechanic...they often break more things than they repair....hit or miss.
2004 Toyota RAV4 - 4WD 148,000 mi, Visitor
Live in BC, Canada. Problems with the 2nd gear and reverse. Replaced bushing fixed the issue.