How do I pop my 'gear linkage cables' back in..?

Discussion in 'Engine, Gearbox, Exhaust and Air Intake' started by Sibbers, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    Is it an under the car job or something I can do from inside?

    I've lost 5th and 6th, and made 1st and 2nd harder to get into so driving on the motorway in 4th was the best I could do till I got home. No signs of going what-so-ever but I was joining the m'way and shifted through the gears pretty quickly only to discover 5th was actually 3rd now.

    The idea that a gear stick relies on cables is still madness to me, but if it's simple to fix and stop from happening again I'll feel a bit better. I've been searching but so far drawing blanks. Anyone able to point me in the right direction please?
     

  2. DS197

    DS197 POTM Winner - June 2017 Paid Member

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    Hi mate,

    I had exactly the same issue as yourself in the past when running through the gears quickly. I took it to my local mechanic who fixed it in 10/20 minutes so i'm lead to believe that you should be able to fix/reattach the cables from under the bonnet but can't be 100% certain.
     
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  3. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    I guess it must work like this...



    If it popped off like that randomly, I wonder what’s to stop it happening again? Has yours been fine ever since?
     
  4. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    I’m wondering what I’m gonna find, but I guess I’ll need to get the battery and surround out to have a look.

    I’m wondering if it’s like this vid as it would make sense that I could still just about manage to get into 1st, 2nd and reverse...

     
  5. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    Ok for future searches, it was simpler than the above videos suggest as the bit that popped out was a part that is held into a bit of gearbox, not the actual ball joint connection.

    To remedy this, you need to:

    Remove battery
    Remove acoustic valve
    Remove air filter and all related piping
    Remove battery tray (at least partially - but if you do it all its easier)
    Lean in and push it back into place

    Mine was pretty secure once it was returned and I tried shifting through gears quickly to recreate the fault. It didn’t happen, so my theory is that it moves ever so slightly with each aggressive gear change until eventually it lets you down. I decided to employ the use of hose clips to reduce the changes of it happening again - not much pressure is required as it won’t need to resist much force. Just enough that it stays put.

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    Other good info for how to remove battery and airbox etc linked below:

    https://clio197.net/threads/is-there-a-guide-to-fitting-a-itg-maxogen.43742/

    And a helpful time lapse vid here:
     
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  6. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    Now that I’ve done the job, if you needed to fix this at the roadside - it’s possible.

    If you can feel your way and your arms fit, then you can reach down and push either or both back into place. Put your arm in below the feed from the airbox to inlet plenum and feel around for a loose collar.

    To make this easier, you could remove the top hose. You would need a 7mm socket or a flat headed screwdriver.

    It’s a bit tricky but definitely possible. Hopefully seeing the pics will help you figure out where to feel around.
     
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  7. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    Tricky but possible.
     

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  8. NickD

    NickD Gold Member

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    You are not the guy we had to do this for at Donington recently?
    You can do it without removing anything, being a gynaecologist does help. HOWEVER, be very careful of the exhaust if you have driven it.
    You can put a tie wrap round them too to stop it falling out. Being overly aggressive with gear changes is a common cause of this.
     
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  9. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    Nah that’s not me. I’m not familiar with this car at all, at least I wasn’t. Getting there now, but making all the errors a person who isn’t familiar would make. Battery tray removal was the bit that took the longest! No way I would have figured this out without having seen how it works tho.

    Good tip about the hot exhaust.

    BTW I wasn’t particularly aggressive, just swift with gear changes. :thumb:
     
  10. DS197

    DS197 POTM Winner - June 2017 Paid Member

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    Absolutely no issues since whatsoever thankfully. I think you're spot on when you say that if you repeatedly shift in a swift manner, it will just let go eventually. Glad you got it sorted out in the end :thumb:
     
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  11. Frank Perry

    Frank Perry Paid Member

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    Just wanted to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

    You writing this post and illustrating it so well saved me big time when I was out yesterday nearly 200 miles from home with no breakdown cover.

    Allowed me to pop it back in and used my shoe lace to hold it until i could use something more appropriate.

    Not all heros wear capes!
     
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  12. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    Awesome! Glad it helped you out dude :thumb:
     
  13. Davecoupe

    Davecoupe Paid Member

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    Thanks to sibbers. Absolute legend.

    I bought a 197 today and my linkage disconnected getting onto the ferry literally in the queue. I heard it and my gear change was like stirring soup. I’ve 200 miles to do tonight when I get off. Was bricking it.

    Found this link on the crossing, popped the linkage back on while still on the ferry deck and I’m good to go.

    If you are ever in Donegal I owe you a pint sir.
     
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  14. Sibbers

    Sibbers Paid Member

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    Well chuffed it helped you out mate!
     
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