156 Selespeed woes
My 156 Selespeed is a 2000 model with 92000 miles on the clock. It's been through two actuators since new (both within 3 years). The Selespeed has then been fine until last year when I started getting very infrequent jumping into neutral when in semi-automatic mode. Always at lowers speeds, and so infrequent that 6 months went by with me thinking it was *me* doing something stupid like knocking it into neutral -like I'd do something like that after owning the car for 3 years at the time.
Now the neutral issue is happening on a regular basis. The fault light never comes on as I was told by the indepedent garage that only actuator faults cause the light to come on. However, the gear selection display flashes for a few seconds in the gear it was in (whilst physically being in neutral), before displaying 'N'. Sometimes when the gear is flashing I can select a gear by pushing the stick, but sometimes I must come to a complete halt and touch the brake to get the gear to engage.
The garage stuck the computer on it (I presume the Examiner - is there a difference between the Examiner and Examiner2?) and found no fault with the acutator. But the pump was showing a slight pressure drop between 3rd and 4th gear. The pressure was fine for other gears. On that basis I had the pump replaced last week. No idea if a calibration would have been done as standard - didn't know at the time that such a thing needed to be done.
Car was fine for a couple of days and now the problem seems to have reccurred and is much more frequent. I've also noticed that for the first time the car goes straight to N without flashing the current gear selection for a couple of seconds. Still no fault light appears on dash.
I'm taking the car back tomorrow to the garage to get it looked at. I would be grateful for any ideas. I'll be damned if I'm paying for another actuator - to have a 4th in a just under 7 year old car is a joke and I'll be on the phone to Which? if I have to pay for it.
Knowing my luck it will the clutch or something else that hasn't gone wrong so far with the car...