If the selector swivel is seizing up, or has been seizing for some time, it could well be that that is the cause of your problems. It could also be that because this problem has caused excessive force to be applied to the gear-lever damaging the pivot mechanism at the bottom of the gear lever.
Foxing the sticky selector swivel isn't difficult or expensive........
I agree with RGWM here.
Posting on a forum full of dedicated Alfa owners and enthusiasts you are also running the risk of a flaming / abuse and hate mail by saying you essentially know the problem but can't be bothered to fix it.
Whilst you may not consider that you're applying great force you're acting upon a lever which could exaggerate your movements and apply strain further down the system.
You need to consider that the lever will move but you could be stretching the cables or flexing the plastic selector arms on the bottom of the lever, maybe even the bushes and connectors on the lever end because the bushes at the box end are seized up preventing a full field of movement at the box end.
For less than £5 and an hour of your time it really isn't difficult to address.
As a rough guide (i've done it a few times before):
- Start by removing the battery.
- Next remove the battery tray. you'll need to unbolt the fuse box from the battery tray to do this, neither of this is particularly difficult. Its only about half a doze bolts in total.
This gives you access to the selector on top of the box, I've attached a pixture of it below. The part in question here is the bolt and arm that run through the end of the fixing. you don't need to remove the plate from the box, just undo the nut on the end of the bolt, the lever arm is keyed and comes off easily to remove the bolt. So...
- Undo the nut on the end of the pivot bolt and remove. remove with it the lever arm plate that sits behind the bolt. It is keyed so you can't put it back on wrong, don't worry.
- Remove the bolt from the housing. If it is well seized you may need to pursuade it with a rubber mallet or similar.
- In the end of the housing this pivot bolt runs through is two black plastic bush hats - using a screw driver and / or long nose pliars, remove these.
- These removed clean the hole the pivot bolt runs through, bottle brush, wire brush, bit of sand paper, file (gently) just to clean out the old grease and rinse with WD40 or something.
- Apply new plastic bush hats to each end of the housing
- Apply a liberal amount of grease to the housing and bolt and re-attach.
- Apply the lever plate to the bolt and ensure it is hooked into the point on the box (sounds hard but really is very straight forward)
- bolt up
then just re-fit the battery tray.
If you're competent with spanners / socket set that should take you about an hour on the driveway even with allowing you a good amount of time to clean it all up.