Just bought 1st Alfa
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: South Yorkshire
Warning to anyone looking to fix the 'stiff gear' problem
Well I've literally just got in from attempting my first proper mechanical job on my 147 (I don't count swapping out the seats) which was to fix the stiff gear selection issue that seems to plague the breed.
Thanks to the various fantastic step by step guides on this forum I felt confident enough to give it a go (my wife did not share my optimism!) so socket set, new bushes and copper grease in hand off I went.
All was going well - managed to strip out the fuse box, battery tray and get the gear selector out.
Now for the warning!..
The stiff selector are needed tapping out and I was a bit enthusiastic with the hammer and in the process of knocking the arm out the end of the thread the 17mm bolt goes on became deformed and the bolt would not go back on - no chance at all.
Luckily it was only the first couple of mm that were destroyed so I managed to hacksaw off the damaged bit and rethread the bolt but it could have been disastrous - I wouldn't have been able to face Mrs Danny had I cocked it right up.
So, anyone thinking about undertaken the fix a) do it, its not too hard so long as you have the right tools but b) just be careful tapping that arm out. Use a wooden block as a damper, tap it lightly or put it in a vice an manhandle the arm out.
Anyway, all's well that ends well and I have a satisfied glow of successfully competing my first mechanical. I can't tell you how nice it is to have nice, easy changing gears...
Last edited by dannybgoode; 21-07-12 at 13:36.