147 Gear Selector Plate Query
As I posted earlier in the week I bought a 147 for my wife to keep my 156 V6 company. I bought it with a stiff gear linkage thinking I could just lubricate the cables and bushes to fix it, as I had read about many times on here.
Today I have luricated with the correct grease the gear linkage and plastic connectors from the gear lever cables. The gear lever is now not stiff in the slightest and changes gear much much easer indeed. The main pivot glides up and down.
3rd Gear is a pig to find easily - you have to be really acurate. When you do have the position right it changes very easy, but you need the precision of a surgeon. The whole gear box is very sweet with no worn synchros, as it is very low mileage.
So - the issue is connected to the gearstick centering and being "sprung", both of which it doesnt do at the moment.
Having searched the forums for other owners (extensive!!) issues with this I am confused. Many say that they fix the issue with a newer and improved design "selector plate" from later 147's.
Is this "selector plate" the large metal triangular piece that bolts via 3x13mm bolts to the top of the gearbox, and also holds the two gear selector cables in place? If so, how is the newer bit any better or revised in design? On my old one I removed it, cleaned up the plastic bushes and greased it nicely so the pivot mechanism was silky smooth. This has made the gear lever not stiff anymore in the slightest. But finding the gears a bit vague, (3rd being the worse offender by far).
So how is the new bit better? Does it have some kind of spring included now? Better bushes? Different angle somehow?
Also, I didn't lubricate the inside of the gearlinkage workings under the big rubber gator. How does this gator come off without tearing it? I couldn't see how to remove it without yanking it hard, which I was reluctant to do.....
So - in a quest to find third it seems I will be back to removing the pesky battery tray again to revist the mechanism!!!!!
All help appreciated - I want to find 3rd gear with ease!