Gearbox Woes

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Tony Hart

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Oct 19, 2021, 11:54:21 AM10/19/21
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Since I bought the 2+2 last year I've sorted out most of it problems (it was DIRE!). But one thing I've never got to the bottom of is the gear change.

The lever is floppy & has no "feel". At first I put this down to a worn linkage, but I've refurbished all of that & it's only a little better - I can at least tell which gear it might be about to select. Having trawled the internet, it looks like the early Fiestas had gear selection feel - the "gates" if you like, in the selector, while the later ones had it in the gearbox. Certainly My car has an early gearbox & a late gear change so that's a plausible suggestion.

Anyone know enough about Fiesta gearboxes to confirm?

Anyone had a similar problem & fixed it?

Jim Hearne

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Oct 21, 2021, 4:37:44 PM10/21/21
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Yes, you are exactly right, the early gearbox and late linkage is a bad combination that will cause the problems you describe.
The only real fix is to have a matching pair, the gearbox changed internally when the gate was fitted there so retrofitting the gate isn’t really an option.
 
I suppose theoretically you might be able to make an external gate plate to go over the gearchange lever to make sure it only moves in valid paths.
 
Jim
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Tony Hart

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Oct 27, 2021, 1:08:25 PM10/27/21
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Thanks for confirming my theory, I've thought about a Ferrari style gate plate, but the gearstick is quite thick & the "slots" would actually overlap at the height of the centre console. I could 3D print a box to raise the plate, but it's all getting a bit messy. I'll see what I can find on Ebay ........
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