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Different gearbox woes now

PostPost by: frearther » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:38 pm

Well, I got my gearbox into reverse with the help of the list. Unfortunately, now it won't come out of reverse.

Frankly, I'd rather have all four forward speeds, if I had a choice.

Anyway, can I unlock the gears without removing the tranny? Perhaps through the opening for the change mechanism?

Please say I don't have to remove the gearbox :cry:
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:50 pm

Hi Art

Take the same shifter hold down nut off and take the shifter right out. Reach in with a big screw driver and aline all three rails, start over, I think you got it too lose this time.

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PostPost by: frearther » Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:20 pm

Gary,

They're all aligned as it is. In fact, the reverse gear lever is swinging free - is that natural? I can move it with a screwdriver both forward and back, but nothing else moves.

Idea number 2, anyone?
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:45 pm

Hi Art

This is a photo of the box in neutral

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PostPost by: twincamman » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:35 pm

be sure you have the reverse tab in the slot ---it tends to miss occasionally --ed
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PostPost by: frearther » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:52 am

Thanks for the replies. I have to go to the optometrist today and may not get back to the Elan for a couple of days. Don't go away, I'll probably be back. Apparently I now have to remove the cover that holds the shifter and inspect more closely. There's something amiss, but I can't yet tell what it is.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:21 am

Art

Is there a joke in there?

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PostPost by: twincamman » Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:23 am

Ill keep an eye out for one --ed
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PostPost by: Tonyw » Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:09 pm

Eye eye, better check it after your appointnment with the omtometerist.

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PostPost by: frearther » Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:46 pm

I didn't think there was a joke in there, but one never knows about these things. :o
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PostPost by: frearther » Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:17 pm

Got back from the optometrist. He didn't find anything funny :twisted:
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PostPost by: frearther » Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:22 pm

Thanks to one and all for the help. I finally traced the gear change problem to not having installed the top cover correctly. When I dropped it on, the boss on the hanging reverse gear lever wasn't engaged with the slot at the end of the reverse gear rod. Apparently the lever was jammed against the rod; when I forced things a little bit, the box went into reverse, but there was no way to get it back out with the gearchange lever. The usual removal and replacement of inaccessible bolts let me cure the problem.
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