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Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 22:44:40 +0000
From: Jeff Greenway <>
Subject: Re: Transmission pops out of third gear in 1990 SPG

Max Meinhardt wrote: > > The transmission in my 1990 900 SPG pops out of third gear when decelerating. > When it's in third, I can just tap the shifter and it will just pop out. It > also has to be babied when shifting into third gear in order to keep it from > grinding. > > I checked my shift alignment already so there is no problem there. > Does anyone out there have the same problem?? What can cause this???? cost for > parts? > > My overdrive doesn't engage and windshield washer doesn't work too...that > reminds in the hell do you take off the lower driver's-side dash > cover so that I can access the overdrive pump. The Bentley manual doesn't give > me a clue and I can't find any screws which even loosen the thing up. > > Thanks all. I have the exact same problem with my '87 900S. After posting it in this newsgroup and talking to my mechanic, I got the good news: you need a transmission overhaul. Your synchromesh is going on your 3rd gear (and mine), and it will eventually start affecting your other gears (I find 1st pops out occasionally too). So you need either an overhaul or a new transmission. My mechanic says he can fix it for about $1000 CAN. I've had the problem now for 6 months, and it doesn't seem to have gotten much worse - you can keep the gear from popping out by holding it in (with some force) while decelerating. I find it won't "crunch" into gear if I shift it slowly and gently. However, it is something you'll have to deal with eventually. Good luck! Jeff.

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