I've searched and found similar posts regarding my problem but nothing that quite matches. I will explain my problem and if you can help me or point me in the direction of another thread that covers this that would be great.
I have a 156 selespeed and have a fault with the gear selection sensor. I can drive in 1st, 2nd and reverse and the selespeed warning light flashes on the dashboard. I found out the error code, which I don't have at this time, but it said the gear selection sensor was the fault.
1) Replace the actuator (which all garages wanted to do) which would cost around £300 to £400.
2) Replace the sensor on the actuator.
Obviously number 2 was the way to go first so I ordered the part and figured I could whip out the actuator, replace the sensor and be back up and running in no time.
Not the case (time to point out I'm a beginner car mechanic and up until now have gone as far as changing wheels, oil change etc). I've managed to remove the battery and surrounding plates, unplugged and removed all the cables out of the way so I have clear access to the actuator. Problem I have is that it is bolted tight and I can't see how to pull the whole unit out without the possibility of completely messing things up.
I took the wheel and mud guard off to see if I could access the sensor that way. I could see it perfectly, so much better than through the bonnet but it wasn't to be as there was no way my hands could fit through.
The gear selection sensor is on the side of the actuator facing the windscreen which makes it tough to get to. I can just about get to the screws and have the right part but think they are worn down so unable to un-screw. Next I found a picture that showed the rear plate of the actuator (that has the sensor on it) could be removed from the actuator - if I could do this I could move it round and have clear access to sensor and screws.
So I'm 3 screws down and the 4th won't budge. Before I go ahead and get this screw out does anyone know if removing the rear plate is going to cause more problems - any calibration issues I'm not thinking about? And if I can remove the plate can I get clear access to the sensor screws.
If I can't do it that way any other suggestions?
Sorry for the long winded message, I want to make sure you know everything I have tried! I'm off work for a week and would really like to get this sorted by then
I've put up the picture I found. The Yellow arrow points to the rear plate I am talking about and I have added an Orange cross which marks the sensor.