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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....
 

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My GTV did exactly the same thing & I found a really easy fix. I'm hoping the photo I've just taken has uploaded because I've never had much luck getting any pictures to work on here...

All you need to do is push the selector on the right back over to the left with a screwdriver then jam a cork or similar between the bolt head and the transmission tunnel. Simples.

Did mine over two years ago & it hasn't moved since!
 

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I'm sure I just bought the bush direct from Alfa for about a fiver.

Those 3 bolts you mentioned have 10mm nuts underneath that do just turn, not the best design for removal.
 

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My GTV did exactly the same thing & I found a really easy fix. I'm hoping the photo I've just taken has uploaded because I've never had much luck getting any pictures to work on here...

All you need to do is push the selector on the right back over to the left with a screwdriver then jam a cork or similar between the bolt head and the transmission tunnel. Simples.

Did mine over two years ago & it hasn't moved since!
Now that's my idea of a fix. Less is more and if it works after two years than it is worth a shot.
 

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Strangley enough the little fix above is the same for my mgf, only on that forum they suggest using a metal block, but I guess you could use anything as long as it fits in the space.:thumbup:
 

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Many thanks for your very helpful comments.

I have attempted a master bodge based upon Rosso 130's advice and something I read about inserting hose over the ball joint.

I used a cut of 10x17mm heater hose, greased the ball knuckle or whatever you call it, and pushed the hose through the cylinder and over the ball. I then levered the mechanism back into place and inserted a cork.

This looks like the makings of a master bodge but I don't want to tempt fate.

I've sprayed wd40 down the gubbins but the change is still a bit stiff so I reckon it's coming from the gubbins on top of the gearbox. Please could somebody talk me through pulling this apart. I have seen bushes are available and you have to knock a pin out, but it looks a nightmare on par with changing the clutch master.

Hopefully I won't have to take the exhaust off to touch the underside of the gearstick gubbins.

Thanks again, the power of the internet and car technical forums!!!!
 

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Stiff gearchange 9 times out of 10 is the rod that goes through the selector on top of the gearbox, which attaches to the cable that does your left-right inside the car.

The selector inside the car breaking & the bush wearing is caused in part by the extra force you have to put through the assembly due to the stiff gearchange.
 

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The first thing I noticed after getting my V6 back after a blown head gasket was that the gear linkage was stiff and the lever did not centre.

I looked at lever internals and all seemed ok - apart from loose bolts that can only be fixed by dropping the exhaust - too much effort for little return!

I then realised that when the system was pressurised it blew all of the coolant out of the header tank which then cascaded down onto the gear linkage on the top of the gearbox. So i poured a little engine oil onto the linkage. This worked for a few days when it stiffened again. To cut a long story short I reapplied the oil a few times over 5 days.

That was two months ago and the gear change has been fine ever since.
 

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Dear fellow GTV bodgers. Here is a technical update on the master bodge. The previous bodge did not represent master bodgemanship. I suspected I had spoken too soon and indeed I had. The cork dropped out and the same thing happened as before, and the hose moved over towards the plastic housing so it didn't act as a bearing.

I have made a wooden block part to fit. It is not too tight so as to allow some movement, especially when selecting reverse. I also put a longer cut of hose on and greased it up.

I'll see how long it lasts.....
 

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Further to this, please could somebody explain step by step how to take apart the linkage on the gearbox end and grease it up. Thanks.
 

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Dear fellow GTV bodgers. Here is a technical update on the master bodge. The previous bodge did not represent master bodgemanship. I suspected I had spoken too soon and indeed I had. The cork dropped out and the same thing happened as before, and the hose moved over towards the plastic housing so it didn't act as a bearing.

I have made a wooden block part to fit. It is not too tight so as to allow some movement, especially when selecting reverse. I also put a longer cut of hose on and greased it up.

I'll see how long it lasts.....
I doff my cap to your superior bodgemanship sir. Or, as we would say in these parts " that be a proper job my 'ansom!"

I reckon that ought to last a fair while now.
 

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Rather than do a bodge and then another when the first one fails, why not fix it properly. Clean the selector on the box and replace the top hat bushes,then fit a new unit to the gear stick, it's not expensive and it will probably last another 20 years.
 
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