Alfa GT Gear Shift Reverse Problem
I recently went on a vacation and the parking lot of the hotel was pretty crowded so I had to leave my car behind 3 other cars and leave the keys on reception so they move it if any of the cars in front wanted to leave while I am away.
In the morning, when leaving, I went into the car to find a spring next to the handbreak. I had no idea where it was from so I proceeded to take the car out of the spot. When I grabbed the know, it remained in my hand and there was only the stick sticking out, along with the leather gator. The hotel claimed that they didn't know anything (yeah, right!). We assembled the gear knob, but the ring for the reverse was no longer going down automatically when lifted.
I later realized, that I can put into rear without even touching the ring! I guess some ape parked my car and didn't know how to put it in reverse, so the ape pushed and pushed, until it went in, breaking whatever was limiting it.
I yesterday took the plastic cover of the metal gear shift rod out and examined it, but didn't see anything that looked broken off. It was also covered on the outside with some white grease. I wasn't able to look at the base of the rod, because the gator was still there and I don't know how to remove it. The gears seem to be shifting just fine. The only problem is that there is no limiter between the 1-6 gears and the rear one so it just goes in. You can swith into reverse from 5th and 5th is not that easy to find anymore. I have to aim for it carefully so I don't miss it. The same with 6th.
Does anyone know how exactly this rear-shifting with the ring works? What could have they done to the lever in order to result in the above behavior? Could there just be something misplaced or am I looking at new parts because something has broken off?
I looked in the eLearn CD but was unable to find the gear shift. I guess this part simply doesn't cause problems, unless a primate is driving your vehicle.
Forgot to mention. Car is 2005 GT, 1.9 JTD.