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147 Gear Linkage/Cable Ball Joint Bush/Socket

Ive been tasked with helping my father with his 1.6 147 as when he changed gear into reverse the other day, he lost all gears and the gear stick would move freely in a full 360.

Upon inspection we found that the socket at the end of gear linkage cable had popped off of the front ball joint on top of the gearbox, so we popped it back on as a temporary fix to get him home. The socket is not firm in place and will pop on and off with relative ease, so the socket itself has worn.

It seems a similar issue to this thread; http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...tor-cable.html (Gear lever/selector cable)

Is it possible to buy a replacement socket/bush to repair the cables, as they seem fine, its just the socket. Pictures added to clarify exactly the part i mean. Hopefully the green part, or the whole white/green part can be replaced, as it seems a little overkill to replace the whole cable which is fine otherwise.

Would item 9 in the last pic be what im after?

Thanks for any pointers in advance.
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Ive been tasked with helping my father with his 1.6 147 as when he changed gear into reverse the other day, he lost all gears and the gear stick would move freely in a full 360.

Upon inspection we found that the socket at the end of gear linkage cable had popped off of the front ball joint on top of the gearbox, so we popped it back on as a temporary fix to get him home. The socket is not firm in place and will pop on and off with relative ease, so the socket itself has worn.

It seems a similar issue to this thread; http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...tor-cable.html (Gear lever/selector cable)

Is it possible to buy a replacement socket/bush to repair the cables, as they seem fine, its just the socket. Pictures added to clarify exactly the part i mean. Hopefully the green part, or the whole white/green part can be replaced, as it seems a little overkill to replace the whole cable which is fine otherwise.

Would item 9 in the last pic be what im after?

Thanks for any pointers in advance.
Hi mate, hope you're keeping well!

I have the same problem and wondered if you found a solution to replacing the cable?

Thanks

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Item 9 probably is it, try an image search using the part number. You can get generic cable ends of this type, can't remember where from (might even be a mob like Wurth).

You may actually be looking at a symptom, is the shifter end sloppy and as a result more fishing for gears/forcing a shift has placed the gearbox ends into an accelerated wear situation?
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Hi,

Did you get an answer to the ball joint end, or did you end up replacing the cables in the end?

Thanks,

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Probably a bit late for everyone, but as I was driving through the New Forest today, I pulled out of a junction and bang! stuck in first gear and full 360 on the gear stick! What the hell is going on here I thought. I knew it had to be something to do with the linkage so I pulled over and got investigating, and there it was, the socket had come away from the joint! (See picture attached)

I noticed it wasn't clipping on but just sitting on top, so I placed it on top and eased the car home and then removed the battery, battery tray, intake and relay box to get in and have a good look.

The problem was that red dial/switch/straight line thingy (Technical name for it) on top of the socket. Turns out it locks and unlocks, and that there in the picture is in the unlocked position, got some pliers and twisted it left, now it's nice and secure!

Not sure why it came off in the first place, but I did rescue the car from a second hand car geezer, so it hadn't been treated well at all, hence how dirty it is!

Hope this is of help to anyone
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