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Gear lever failed

Post by FarmerPug » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:41 pm

I have spent the past couple of days installing and wiring up a towbar in my 2.2 hdi estate, all was going well and i wanted to drive the car down to a trailer to test all worked. When driving it the gear lever suddenly felt as if something broke and it now seems to be stuck in 1st gear. The cables at the gearbox end seem to be all attached, but it feels like something in the box under the gearstick has failed, has anyone ever had to work on these?

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Re: Gear lever failed

Post by steve_earwig » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:29 am

Oh bugger :( Afraid the only failure I seem to remember was a cable popping off the actuator outside the gearbox.
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Re: Gear lever failed

Post by Doggy » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:38 am

I changed one on a 307 years ago. It had a similar problem, bought a lever + cables assembly from an internet scrappy.
It was a proper PITA to swap the gearlever end, but the gearbox was simple after taking out the battery/box. There was a huge grommet thingy carrying all 3 cables through the bulkhead that was murder to press back in.
I'd suggest getting clear access to the 'box end and making certain you have a cable that's not moving,
one does the left/right movement of the stick, one the front/rear movement, the third is the reverse inhibit worked by the lift-ring round the stick
Looks like a pain to get the lever assy out, (never done it, but I think you'll have to remove at least the DPF & heat shield, possibly the CAT too as the 406 version mostly lives under the car).

Never tried to find out what went wrong at the lever end, maybe should have, (if accessible).

We hired a Fiat Ducato-based campervan last year, that wound up stuck in 5th on a French dual carriageway. That beast had a dash mounted gearlever, managed to prise off the gaiter and push the errant cable back onto its control lever. Unfortunately the Pug version looks like sealed box.

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Re: Gear lever failed

Post by FarmerPug » Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:13 pm

Problem Solved;
While the cables were connected to the gear linkages on the box there is a bit further back a bracket that the cables presumably push against. This popped out, i think a clip held it in place, a couple of cable ties sorted it.

Was a good excuse to get the yoke back on the lift to do the air doser bypass and other such 2.2 necessities.

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Re: Gear lever failed

Post by Doggy » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:36 pm

Good result there 8)
FarmerPug wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:13 pm
Was a good excuse to get the yoke back on the lift to do the air doser bypass and other such 2.2 necessities.
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Re: Gear lever failed

Post by Welly » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:14 am

Apparently the gear selector shizzle is one of the first things to be assembled at the factory so no wonder they're a pain to work on later.
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