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It does indeed sound like the old swarf problem, but if it jammed ALL the low selections then it's probably more sinister and would need the box opening up, something I've had to do a lot recently on selespeeds due to failing bearings.
End plate check
1 Loosen L/H front wheel bolts,
2 Jack up car and support it,
3 Remove L/H front wheel, undertray if fitted and small section of wheel arch liner,
4 Place a container under the end plate of the gearbox to catch the oil that SHOULD spill,
5 Remove the 13mm and 10mm bolts,
6 Pull off the end plate making sure to catch any fluid,
7 Using a magnet sift through the fluid and around the gears to see if there is any swarf, your findings will be on the end of the magnet, make sure you check every nook and crany.
8 Refit the endplate using a dab of sealant around the plates sealing face,
9 Rebuild the rest of the stuff you took off.
N.B. As you should have spilt a little fluid during this then you SHOULD top up the gear box oil, it requires 75W-90 GL5 oil and from empty holds 2 litres, but in this case you should only need around 200ml as the box isn't fully drained.
Last edited by Smaky; 22-10-09 at 10:58.