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Title: difficult gear selection
Post by: squidgy1967 on September 13, 2013, 10:35:36 PM
Hi,

I'm having problems with the gears on my S-Max. Initially it started off as occasionally having trouble changing down into first, it just wouldn't engage, then yesterday I couldn't select reverse either. Yesterday, I could change to all the lower placed gears - 2nd, 4th & 6th.
 
Today it's any gear apart from the first gear I select. I have no problem selecting the gear initially, but when I come to change gear, it's as if there's something stopping it engaging, and it returns to neutral.

Stopping the engine, and restarting enables me to select the gear once again, but I am unable to select any others.

Has anyone else had a similar problem?

Title: Re: difficult gear selection
Post by: gregers on September 13, 2013, 11:15:21 PM
 welcome5

sorry to hear of your woes,im afraid i cant answer your question,
as it could be a manner of all things bad and expensive or just something simple like the cable/s lose or kinked etc.
Title: Re: difficult gear selection
Post by: Chrispb on September 14, 2013, 08:35:58 AM
Hello and  [W4]

Without the engine running do the gears appear engage OK.

Trying to determine whether you have a clutch fault or cable linkage issue, does the lever feel slack (more than usual).
Title: Re: difficult gear selection
Post by: squidgy1967 on September 14, 2013, 10:19:15 PM
Lever is now very slack and floppy :(
Title: Re: difficult gear selection
Post by: Chrispb on September 14, 2013, 11:34:25 PM
Check out the cable joints on the top of gearbox
Title: Re: difficult gear selection
Post by: squidgy1967 on September 15, 2013, 10:42:37 AM
Thank you, I'll let you know what we find.
Title: Re: difficult gear selection
Post by: squidgy1967 on September 18, 2013, 08:07:48 PM
Just to let you know it ended up being the gear change cable, luckily I managed to get the part at cost, and it was fitted by a friend's garage, so luckily cost a fraction of what it could have done!

Thank you for all your help, it was used to order the part!

Conch
Title: Re: difficult gear selection
Post by: Chrispb on September 18, 2013, 10:19:39 PM
 [GJ]