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Q: ? linkage v transmission as cause for jumping out of 3rd gear. on 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Manual transmission approx. mileage 125,000. Jumps out of 3rd when slight load and approx speed of 26-29mph. Replaced bushings transaxle side of linkage previously but not the shifter side. noted that trans axle side of linkage has play to extent that linkage can move up and down on shoulder bolt. note that popping out of 3rd is very dependent upon RPMs versus speed. Also popped out of 5th gear once. If you rest hand gear shifter you can feel a increasing vibration and hear almost a grinding. occasional grinding and difficulty while manipulating into lower gears from higher & hard occasionally to engage reverse with and with out grinding. as stated the trans side of shifter cables bushings were replaced with after market BOOGER Bushings. Checked the one shifter cable trans end that I could get to with out removing battery and air filter. that l had excessive vertical play! I can order a full set of Booger bushings for $22.00 would that be the smart way to start or can You give me solid diagnosis based upon symptoms. Thank You Jamie Tollefson. [8] 356-7249 problem is getting worse. can be somewhat controlled with heavy hand and shifting prior to known pop out point. Thanks! JFT
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