Typically this happens with an accumulation of wear and increase in
sloppiness with the shifter fork and rod. Short of a lot of new parts, the
thing I do is to put a small spacer on the first gear sfift rod so it will
maintain some clearance between the first gear shift fork and the inside of
the case. It's a fix that works well. And it does prevent the "over
shifting" in 1st gear where it gets stuck with a detent ball mostly out of
it's socket, ready to jump out. Depress that and then the shift fork works
again. That you can usually do with the side cover off. Down side is, it
might happen again on the next shift!! Put the spacer on the shaft, and it
prevents that. Total disassembly of the gearbox is not required.
Several listers have done this fix successfully.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Manuel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 7:56 PM
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] stuck in first
> What usually causes this? Is there something special I should check
> buttoning mine up?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com
> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
> Paul Asgeirsson
> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:35 PM
> To: Andy Webster; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [Spridgets] stuck in first
> Hi Andy,
> First time has to happen sometime! You can likely pry it out of this
> overshifting position by taking off the side plate, but it probably will
> happen again soon. It's a fixable thing, but still needs to be out of the
> car. I have a small really inexpensive, (read that as free!) ring that
> helps when you're ready to work on the problem. I also have a more
> expensive solution! A 5 speed!
> Later, Paul A
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Andy Webster" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 6:27 PM
> Subject: [Spridgets] stuck in first
> > oh joy!
> > went to buy lunch yesterday...had to drive back to work in first gear.
> > I tried jumping on and off the throttle whilst yanking / jerking /
> gently manipulating and swearing at the shifter....to no avail.
> > besides bringing a cut lunch to work, anyone have any other ideas
> I pull the power train?
> > first gearbox problem in 9 years... has never stuck in or jumped out
> gear until yesterday.
> > cheers,
> > Andy
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