Can't get it into reverse!

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Cam, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Cam

    Cam ****

    Before I consider borrowing a gearbox, would anyone have any ideas as to why I can't get reverse?

    It's a solid hit when trying to get reverse but won't allow me to get it into the gate. I can get all forward gears fine and even 5th hasn't changed.

    I've checked the check ball valve and that turned out fine though it was a possible issue.
    Also checked all shifting components and they are ok too.

    Hoping it's something simple but if it comes down to pulling it apart then that's when I'll swap it over and get someone to pull it down.
  2. WazTTed

    WazTTed Grease Monkey

  3. K-zed

    K-zed Secret Squirrel

    To quote Chili

    "The problem is 100% likely to be a broken Reverse Gear Detent. This is a very common problem in our manual box(I have had this happen, and know of several others since mine broke).
    It can be repaired fairly quickly(one day turn-around), and a good fix is to use the Detent from a Nissan Patrol box(it's slightly stronger).
    The spring-loaded Detent has to move so as to let your selector enter the reverse gear pathway, when it breaks/jams it totally closes off the reverse pathway so that there is no indication of a "gate" entrance.
  4. Cam

    Cam ****

    Interesting, Haven't checked that.
    That describes my problem perfectly about having no indication of a gate existing.
    Any pic on where it's located?
    Assuming it's around the selector box thingy. You've given me new hope. :)
    Now to find a way to get to it.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2009
  5. Cam

    Cam ****

  6. a2zed

    a2zed Guest

    Try MT32 step 6 and MT33 step 14. These are both selector detents.
  7. Cam

    Cam ****

    32 step 6 is what I checked today. 33 step 14 I'm pretty confident is ok. That's a box out job! :(
    Will check the reverse checking assy tomorrow and prey it's fooked! Then give coventry or repco a call.
  8. Cam

    Cam ****

    All sorted...I hope!
    With the very little space I had to work with, I lowered the gearbox as far as I could without pulling everything out, undid the 10mm bolt holding that little prick in there and proceeded to pry it out. Could only get it all of about 3mm out where it could move freely. Not being able to get it out at all, I tried reverse and what do ya know!!!
    I pushed the bastard checker back in and tested again, still good.
    Put everything back together, went for a good hard flog, stopped a few times and can still get it in reverse.

    I don't know what I did but it's working again as if it was sticking. :confused:
    If it happens again, I'll kick the life out of the car, then I'll get under there and pull the box out! :mad:

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