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Why is my 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer jumping out of gear?

Asked by Ted

When my 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer reaches the speed of 100km/h in fifth gear, the transmission jumps to neutral. Why is this happening?

Answered by CarsGuide

11 Jun 2021 David Morley

It could be that the gearbox linkages are poorly adjusted, meaning that the gearbox is not fully selecting fifth gear, allowing it to jump into neutral. But it could also be that the selectors themselves are worn or that there’s internal wear inside the transmission that is allowing the gearbox to leap from fifth to neutral all on its own. Either way, it’s a problem that could lead to a range of potentially dangerous situations, so it needs further investigation.

It’s probably worth mentioning that a batch of five-speed manual Lancers made between May and June 2014 were recalled to fix a problem with the gear selectors which could see them suffer gear-selection problems with reverse and fifth gear. Your car, as a 2011 model, shouldn’t be affected by that, but it does seem a bit of a coincidence.

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