GTV 916 3.0 Broken Gear Stick Linkage Help!
Dear 916 Enthusiasts
I need some expert advice on fixing the broken gear linkage on my GTV. Please see the attached photo.
After having the car on axle stands for 2 months to do the clutch master and slave, major brake service, and suspension paint, I was pleased to take the car on a test run until the gear stick went sloppy and I could only engage 3rd 4th and neutral.
The gear change had been imprecise and stiff until warmed up for some time, although I hadn't driven it for a while to remember.
On removing the centre console I see the typical bush is missing and I can't see it anywhere, even bits of it. Just the rivet end I found as pictured in the bottom of the photo.
The left/right rod is extremely stiff which makes me think this caused the failure or forcing out of the bush which seems to have dropped into the gubbins.
I have read an interesting thread about putting a cut of garden hose over the ball joint, Alfaholics sell bushes, and a range of threads talk about this problem.
Please could somebody give me a basic step by step guide to fixing this. I have tried undoing the 3 bolts on the upper housing but they just turn and don't unscrew. Do I have to pull the linkages apart on the gearbox side first, separating balls from cups etc? I'd appreciate some expert guidance please! Thanks....