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Have noticed that last few days my gear change is difficult. It's normally from cold and gets easier as the engine warms up. Goes into gear but not as smooth as normal....

Any ideas?

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funkyplates said:
wd40? Easy to do without getting under the car (prob not!)? Pics?

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NOOOO, not WD40, spray grease, from Halfords, you can do it without getting under the car if you have very flexible and very long arms. I have pics, but not of gear linkage ;)
 

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NOOOO, not WD40, spray grease, from Halfords, you can do it without getting under the car if you have very flexible and very long arms. I have pics, but not of gear linkage ;)
You see, I'm a complete numpty when it comes to anything mechanical....

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AndyBrad said:
why? its been used for years as a penetrating oil with no ill effects
?? but as a long term lubricant ??

I find it evaporates very quickly - one of it's better points - but doesn't leave long term lubrication.

PlusGas is/was a better penetrating oil.

WD40 is/was good for water dispersal.

3-in-1 (from WD40 supplier) is/was a better lubricant.

Some of the more modern ptfe based spray lubricants are more effective long term

Mind you - I'm at IT Manager not a lubriacent specialist so could be talking rubbish (again).
 

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Its not penetrating oil it water displacement fluid miss-sold. In fact it removes any lubricant that my still be there. It’s also no good for long term lubrication as it’s full of silicon so it just ends a sticky mess that dust and dirt sticks to compounding the problem. Great for getting your engine going or stopping grass sticking to the insides of a lawn mower otherwise its horrible stuff and should be avoided.
 

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funkyplates said:
Have noticed that last few days my gear change is difficult. It's normally from cold and gets easier as the engine warms up. Goes into gear but not as smooth as normal....

Any ideas?

Thanks

Lee
Sounds like you need to check you gearbox oil/oil level from the symptoms you report!!
 

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Don't get it, WD40 IS NOT OIL!!! It's for squirting in siezed things to free them up and displacing water. You then use either proper oil or grease to do the job properly!

People think that "oh, my lock is now working fine so i don't need to oil it" :slap: If it's oiled properly in the first place you'll never need it!

That said, it gets sticky residue off things a treat.
 

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Thanks Marl,

Problem with me is that I ain't got any tools, jack, axle stands, driveway.

Think I better get some tools (at least!)

Getting cheesed off with the car over last couple of months, one thing after another......
 

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Getting cheesed off with the car over last couple of months, one thing after another......
Sadly at some point ALL cars do that!!...

Why not just take it to your local garage to get the oil checked/filled........ should take them 1/2 hour tops on the ramps, so at the outside it should only be a hours labour!.
 

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To be honest, if you read all the buying guides they do all say that gear changes are stiff till the box is warmed through, mine certainly needs a bit of coersion when cold, 2 minutes down the road its fine.

You can take the gear lever assembly out in the cabin with just screwdrivers and a basic socket set and access the cables from there. At the least you can then pop them off and apply a load of grease. It'll work it's way down the cable over a couple of weeks. That should ease up the shift a touch.

At least you know it's not your cable fraying and about to snap!
 
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