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Okay, well as this is a common problem i thought i would take pics and make a tutorial whilst changing my gear linkage. So when you have to change yours, you don't have to pay a mechanic. Also this is an easy job, i have no mechanical experience and managed it fine.

I bought my new linkage off ebay for £35 (As Below)



Step1) Put the car in neutral, open bonnet and locate gear linkage. The red arrow below points to it although you can't really see it in this pic.



Step2) Make a mark on the gear link rod where it meets the gear linkage. (I did this by scraping it with a small alan key as the bend in it makes it easier to reach the gear link rod with). In this pic below you mark the black bar with the white clip aroung it, where it meets the lighter metal where my orange circle is. ITS IMPORTANT YOU MARK THIS BECAUSE THE GEAR ROD MUST GO IN YOUR NEW LINKAGE AT THE SAME DEPTH.



Step 3) Now again refering to the pic above. Undo the bolt (pointed to by the red arrow) with a large alan key. You can see what size you will need but testing it on your new gear linkage. You won't need a spanner to hold the nut circled in orange as it is already soldered on.

Step 4) Refering to the pic below. Now you need to remove the hollow pin which the red arrow points at. To do this you need to pinch the pin in, which is pointed to by the orange arrow although you can't see it, and pull the top (where the red arrow points) with a pair of pliars. KEEP THIS PIN AS YOU NEED IT TO FIT THE NEW LINKAGE IN PLACE.



Step 5) Now take the black clip off, to do this you will need to loosen all four clips (pointed to by the red arrow) with a small screw driver. Once all 4 clips are losened just pull it off. It doesn't matter if you break this clip as you sould get a new one with your gear linkage.



Step 6) Remove gear linkage, and grease the metal pin that the black clip was on top of. Also grease moving parts of the new gear linkage. Now place the new gear linkage on the greased pin and follow this tutorial backwards to set it up.

Make sure you tighten the bolt holding the gear link rod to the gear linkage really tight and check it after a few weeks to make sure it still is.

Now start you car with the clutch down and slowly lift it up, if you don't get a bite then you have done it right. Now put in in reverse and go back a little then in 1st. Once your happy it works go for a little drive. It will feel tight at first but you just need to bed it in.

Hope this helps, would apprieciate if this could be moved into the Tutorial section, thanks.

Also I would like to encourage people to do more tutorials with pictures as i find them really helpful.

Syke
 

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good thread very useful as mine is on it way out :doublethumbs:
 
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