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2nd gear selection problem

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by bruce hh, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. bruce hh

    bruce hh Member

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    My T3's 4 speed (yes, 4) is becoming increasingly difficult to get into second gear, rarely when trying to change up and much more often if trying to change down - when it usually won't go into anything, sometimes sounds like it tries to engage, and very occasionally does go into gear. Don't seem to have a problem selecting anything else. The main shaft bearing was replaced when the motor was rebuilt under 12 months ago.
    Is this more likely to be selector linkages or something within the box? Linkage bellows rubbers mainly disintegrated, so I'd say it's had minimal maintenance over time in this area in its sub 200000 k's.
     
  2. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I had that issue, when I refitted the fully reconditioned gearbox.

    It was def the linkages, that were happily working with the worn sloppy gearbox, but the tight rebuilt one, then showed up all the issues!
     
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  3. sunburntwilly

    sunburntwilly Member

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    I had a similar problem after a putting in a new clutch. The spline needed to be turned one notch.
    All other gears selected ok. Worth a try easy to do.
     
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  4. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried a 'double shuffle' to see if that improves access to 2nd. Neutral, clutch out, accelerator to spin box, clutch in & select. If that makes access easier it's the synchro ring in the box.
    Cheers
     
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  5. bruce hh

    bruce hh Member

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    David, double shuffle makes no difference, but thanks for the suggestion.
     
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  6. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    So that leaves selection & linkages;). Time to chase.
    Cheers
     
  7. grumble

    grumble Well-Known Member

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    Bruce it is quite likely that it is the alloy guide blocks at the front, they wear and don't do their job, from memory there were a lot of broken and bent T3 gearsticks over the years.
     
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    Maccas Member

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