Difficult to shift from cold?



  • Having a few problems with my car not wanting to go into gear when cold…and overall the gearchanges seem to be a bit gritty. Just now it didn't want to go into reverse (lots of crunching) clutch in from cold. 1st has been a bit unco-operative for a while now, but 5th is fine.

    So, ideas? Gear Oil? Worn Linkage?

    If the gear oil is low, will the gearbox go bang?



  • gearbox oil could be low, especially because it happens in the cold. a friend of mine had the same problem in his scooby.

    Another one could be the bushing that links the gear linkage to the gear box, heard reports its a great little mod thats cheap and improves gear changes hugely, especially going into reverse

    Here ya go, got to be one of my favourite pages on the net!

    http://www.clubprotege.com/wil/howto/



  • if the gearbox fluid is low, the gearbox will inevitably go bang, but topping it up will probably save it if you don't get crunching etc



  • @56e5b5cf61=Stephen-mx3:

    Here ya go, got to be one of my favourite pages on the net!

    http://www.clubprotege.com/wil/howto/

    wow that is useful… I'm not sure how I've missed it all this time...

    anyways like the others have said - check your gear oil level!



  • Well I couldn't get the f****** nut off the gearbox to check it!

    Will have to take it to the garage :(

    However I'm now not so sure its the gear oil, its too inconsistent. There did seem to be a little play in the gear linkages too…



  • id say get the oil compleatly changed coz is the oil gets older it gets thinner and that might b the problem also check the condition of the gearbox end cap mine rusted though a little while ago and thats where i lost my oil from and thay only cost around 25 +vat from mazda



  • Hi All,

    Had the gearbox oil changed as part of a driveshaft replacement.

    Unfortunately, didn't work. The problem appears to be getting gradually worse. Garage I got the driveshaft from "thought it felt fine"…brilliant.

    Trying to find a manual gearbox specialist in E. Sussex now.

    Edit: Mechanic did say the oil level was low though.


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