Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 22:39:13 +0100
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: 9000 Gear selector problems?

Doug wrote: > I have a 1993 9000 2.3T which is very difficult to get into gear first > thing in the morning. The problem disappears within a few minutes of > driving and a few gear changes. It is now getting to the stage where I > have to put it into gear before starting the engine. A few thoughts. The most common cause of shifting problems on a 9k is a failing gearshift rubber coupling. This is a small rubber thing which couples the gearbox end of the selector shaft to the gearstick end of the shaft. Easy and cheap. However - I don't think it's at fault here, because you say the problem disappears as the car warms up. So my second thought is the clutch - does the pedal feel the same, or does the amount of pedal travel change as the car warms up? It could be that the clutch is not disengaging fully when the car is cold. I think this is the most likely cause. The third possibility is incorrect grade of gear oil, or low oil level (what oil is there in the gearbox? Has it recently been checked/changed?). -- Grunff

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