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Difficult (stiff) Gear Selection

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Hi

 

My V8 has been in storage for 6 Years. It has been fully serviced prior to being put in storage. The gear selection is really, really stiff, but once driven for about 25 miles the gear selection is easier, but no-where near smooth. Just bought a new s/steel big bore clutch line and am about to fit that but any ideas?

 

Cheers Tony

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Could be seized ball joints at the gearbox end of each of the two cables.  Easy(ish) fix.

 

1.  Jack the rear of car and support e.g. under the rear jacking points.  I use ramps with telephone directories to protect the body work.  Be careful, it's easy to bend the tangs on the jacking points

2.  Remove rear luggage tray.  Two person job:  one underneath undoing the nuts, the other on top holding the bolt heads.  This gives good access to the selector system at the rear of the gearbox

3.  Undo the nut for each cable.

4.  Either work grease into the cup or press out the ball and fill each cup with grease.

5.  Pop each ball back into its cup.

6.  Re-assemble.

 

Cost?  The grease.

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Or it could be the cables themselves.  Seen this before, where a cold gearchange was almost impossible, but became easier when hot.  Cycle the gearstick with said balljoints disconnected.

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pilot-bearing  (in the flywheel/crankshaft end) ?

 

..clutch-shaft splines ?

 

..cable (translator -if you have a pre '98 car) setup ?

 

..sync on the gearing ?

 

 

-just some points, not in 'easy to complicated' order, just random thoughts additionally to the things allready said

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Could be seized ball joints at the gearbox end of each of the two cables.  Easy(ish) fix.

 

1.  Jack the rear of car and support e.g. under the rear jacking points.  I use ramps with telephone directories to protect the body work.  Be careful, it's easy to bend the tangs on the jacking points

2.  Remove rear luggage tray.  Two person job:  one underneath undoing the nuts, the other on top holding the bolt heads.  This gives good access to the selector system at the rear of the gearbox

3.  Undo the nut for each cable.

4.  Either work grease into the cup or press out the ball and fill each cup with grease.

5.  Pop each ball back into its cup.

6.  Re-assemble.

 

Cost?  The grease.

Thanks Winter - you were spot on - they were dry as a bone.

 

Cheers

 

Tony

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Excellent.

 

An inexpensive fix is always welcome.

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