Loose gear lever, jammed gearbox
I bought a 2000 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0L TS (manual) a few months ago. Previous owner mentioned that gearbox had been jammed a few times. In the time I have owned this car the gearbox has jammed twice (by jammed, I mean that it has been stuck in a gear, unable to select a gear or unable to select a couple of gears). I previously fixed the jammed gearbox by opening up a large (12mm I think) allen-key plug and using a flathead screwdriver to un-jam the gear selector forks.
Looking for the source of the problem I uncovered this (see image). The three circled bolts in the image that hold this plastic housing to the car are very loose. I believe that this is causing excessive movement in the gearstick (i.e. loose gear lever) and this is transferring through the gear linkages and the selector forks.
Is this a realistic/logical conclusion?
I tried to tighten the bolts, however they would not tighten at all.
Does anyone know the easiest way to access the nuts or access the opposite side of this box? I am hoping that the result of tightening these bolts will be that my gearbox will stop jamming, or at least jam less-often.
Any help on this would be appreciated.
Last edited by Eskay; 31-08-11 at 12:58.