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'Sticky' Gearbox 156

Got a bit of an annoying issue at the moment...

My gear stick never centres when I am in neutral, which occasionally leaves me choosing the wrong gear (5th instead of 3rd usually...). Sometimes the whole gearbox is really 'sticky' making it difficult to change gear. This is usually when the weather is either really hot or really cold.

Anyone got any ideas as to why this is happening?
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could be swarf in the gear casing or a worn bush in the gear lever system
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Could be what sears mentions. But I reckon a fully synthetic transmission lubricant of the correct specification makes a manual box that much better in operation?
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The problem will be a dirt build up around the ball on the bottom of the stick, it's a common problem, did you try a search, it does need the tunnel lowering to sort out properly though.
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if it is the same g box as mine 01 2.4 jtd you need to remove battery undo the tray and spray with wd40 if you get someone to sit in the car and waggle whilst you spray it will be perfect again
just read back what i typed you are spraying the linkages where they go into the g box you will see what i mean when the waggling starts
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I had this on the V6:

Undid this nut with 17mm socket


Removed the shaft - which looked pretty clean

Then rolled up some fine grade sandpaper & cleaned out the casting - loadsa crud came out


Re-assembled using plenty of grease on the shaft

It may help
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I'm getting sticky shifts and problems finding gears but 5 gear is worse. I have put tutela oil synthetic recent so cant be that.
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had similar problem on my 156 so lifted cover from around gear stick in car and srayed plenty of wd40 around the plastic bush this seemed to sort the problem out.
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