Re: 147 gearbox
had the gearchange on our '02 147 (1.6TS) seize up almost totally! Well it was bad enough to make both of us hate it. It built up slowly over time,as things often do, meaning for ages we put up with it. I only drive it occasionally, so I got in it one day and immediately decided it was time to do something. If my memory serves me, it was the left-right motion that had seized, not the fore/aft.
I disconnected the cables (Ugh - cables!) to see if the problem was at the conductors end or the gearbox. It was clearly the gearbox as the lever flopped around limply. I then took the bracket off the geabox which carries a rocking lever. This it transpires contains a plastic bush, the bracket being aluminium. The rocking lever required a lot of effort to move. Once I'd got the rocking lever and the bushes out, I polished the build-up of aluminium oxide from the bore of the hole where the plastic bushes live. My belief was that the thickness of this oxide layer was squeezing the bush onto the spindle of the rocking lever.
Anyway, putting it back together with gobs of vaseline, it all became magically effortless again. I know it's probably supposed to be dry, the bushes being plastic, but I wanted to keep moisture out. If the bushes expand I'll let you know! They haven't in 18 months or so.
The 147 has an imprecise change when all is good however - just something to live with, but it doesn't need to be stiff as well!
Doesn't say that in the manual
Last edited by Wrenched; 29-01-07 at 11:06.