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    Default Can't get 1st or Reverse Gears - Help !

    Car drove fine yesterday, go to reverse it off the drive today and crunch, pumped clutch, crunch, let car roll back a couple of feet, crunch.

    Let car roll onto road and tried to select first gear, no joy.

    Mine's a 1.8 16v on an 03

    Selected 2nd and pulled back onto drive and went out in Astra instead.

    Any ideas?
    Last edited by alembicbassman; 16th May 2010 at 23:05.

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    Apart from a goosed box or worn selector?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Sounds like either worn selector rods or the selector itself to me, the cups on the ball joints are only plastic and can wear out.

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    If its crunching while trying to select a gear, isn't that suggesting that the clutch is dragging / not disengaging fully?

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    this happend to mine in december last year, ended up getting a new box, clutch and flywheel! luckily i was covered by warranty!

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    Possibly as simple as selector aliginment needing to be done

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    All gears inop now with engine running, can select all gears with engine off.

    May try to set off in 2nd selected with engine off and clutch depressed then start engine and let clutch out.

    Luckily still within 3 month warranty from Perrys. Booked in for wednesday provided I can get the car to them.

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    Looks like clutch pedal as it's a bit sloppy and cruise control inop.

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