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    Can't select gear - what's up?

    pulling out of a junction today i changed into second and had no drive. pulled over and i can't select any gears. i got under the car and moved the linkage around on the gearbox end (not the gear stick end) and it feels very loose. is there anything obvious i can check or is it likely something more sinister?

    cheers

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    Can you move the gearshift into all positions with the engine running or do you need to have it switched off?

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    i can move the gearstock into all positions with the engine running, doesn't matter if the clutch is depressed or not

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    Check the spring under/on top of the selecter arm on the gearbox

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    i think the spring's ok (it was a bit dark last night) but i'll take another look

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    i can put it into 1st and 2nd with the engine running and clutch out. if i try and put it into 3rd, 4th or 5th it starts to grind with the clutch out. when its in gear the speedo goes up but no drive. it seems like something inside the gearbox isn't selecting a gear. when its in gear, the speedo rises.

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    i'll add that when i'm changing gear (either with the gearstick or directly with the linkage) it's moving like it should and slotting into position. the linkage feels a tad looser than it should but what i can see from under the car looks tight.

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    Get it on a bridge and check the spring under the selectorarm.

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    is that the spring that forces it back into neutral/3rd/4th alignment? right at the end of the linkage just before everything disappears into the gearbox? if so then that seems to be doing it's job, the linkage goes up and down at the spring and resets itself if i knock it out of gear.

    unless i'm missing the point...?

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    sorry , long time and nobody else answers ..

    Yeah that's the one i meant. Srry , i'm out of ideas

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    Not a clutch problem?

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    Not if it grinds into 3rd, 4th and 5th. Do you get drive in the higher gears? Sounds like somethings gone internally in the box tbh. 1st and 2nd share the same selector.

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    no drive in any gears. don't think it's clutch, else i wouldn't be able to just put it into 1st and 2nd with engine running. unless the clutch has welded to the flywheel (???) and it's always engaged.
    it's going into local garage tomorrow. if they have to drop the box out i'll get the clutch done regardless. and some new engine mounts

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    Deffo box internal fault by the sound of it.

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    well, car has been recovered to garage. rac patrol said it was clutch, they mentioned something specific about reverse gear. will report back once garage have called, probably tuesday.

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    i'm sad

    it needs a new gearbox. chap said the differential has gone. have been quoted 700 for a box from their supplier, 300 + vat to fit, then obviously cost of clutch. ouch.

    so, can i get a cheaper box and what should i be looking for? it's a cup, i think it needs something different to normal, something to do with the speedo?

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    ull get a box on clio sprt fro #240 mate and 300 to fit there ripping your eyes out!!!! i have a brand new clutch for 45quid posted if you want it i had it as a spare for the track car but went paddle.

    God i charged a lad 100quid to change his box on xmas eve!!!

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    yeah i'll take the clutch, assume it's the same clutch for 172 cup and 172. cheers.

    just seen a box for 250 so i've PM'd the lad.

    i do have my reservations about using a 2nd hand gearbox as what if it goes the same way as the last one, but that's the chance you take to save a couple of hundred i guess. if i get a 2nd hand box, clutch aside, is there anything i should get the garage to replace or check while it's out?

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    Are you father Christmas ???


    Quote Originally Posted by Andyrg View Post
    ull get a box on clio sprt fro #240 mate and 300 to fit there ripping your eyes out!!!! i have a brand new clutch for 45quid posted if you want it i had it as a spare for the track car but went paddle.

    God i charged a lad 100quid to change his box on xmas eve!!!

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    Re: Can't select gear - what's up?

    what could i get for my car as it is without a gearbox? 2002, 75k miles. is 1500 in the realms of possibility or am i looking at more like 1000?

 

 
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