Ever since I've had my Spider selecting 1st and reverse from neutral has been a problem once up to operating temp [seemed ok when cooler]
If i leave the car in gear with the clutch depressed whilst stationary I don't have a problem, its when I put it into neutral at lights or whatever, clutch released, then depress it and try to select first/reverse...until today that is!
Fine on cold start up, no problem depressing clutch and selecting gear, but now if I take it out of gear I struggle to re-select ANY gear once the temp rises above stone cold. Turn off, depress clutch, select gear and start - no problem and I am then able to select any gear... but release clutch in neutral and no gears again!
The bite is low, gearchanges on the move are smooth, clutch action light, no obvious noises so whats happening?
I thought I'd solved the problem a few weeks ago when I removed the tunnel console only to find the front 'box mounting bolt was in there, but not via the chassis!, basically the chunky penny washer was not in place [i found it loitering down the side] so in effect the bolt was not actually holding the 'box to the chassis - full main dealer history as well !!!
Having sorted this there was far less movement in the gearbox mounting than previously and the selection issue seemed improve dramatically....until today.
I've checked the fluid level and slave cylinder for leaks, gearbox level is fine.
OK the car's done 110k, but the gearbox and clutch are lovely when on the move...so providing I don't select neutral when stationary I'll be all right!!
It is definitely temperature related, if I leave it to cool down I have no problems.
I could live with rummaging around for 1st and reverse occasionally but this will be a right pain in the ar*e!
Considering the mileage I guess a replacement clutch is due, but I'm not convinced this is the reason, if the 'box has been 'floating about' for a while could ther be a linkage issue? and if so, is the linkage adjustable? but then that could not be temp related.
I thought of getting the brake/clutch fluid changed [it is due] would/could 'old' fluid effect the clutch hydraulics?
Anyway for those who are still awake after reading this, I hope there is someone out there who can enrich my life with their knowledge!