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    My poor 1.8ls (52 reg) has been sitting patiently on the drive while I've been using the wifes car.

    Just gone to take it for a run and found that everything was fine apart from it being stuck in 1st gear !!

    The car has been stood for around a month and was left in 1st gear. Now I cant get the dam thing out of 1st. Clutch and everything else seems fine.

    Any ideas?

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    Take the gear linkage cables off at the selector (gearbox) and see if you can move it out of first gear manually. Sounds like a gearbox fault.

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    Cheers for that. Will give it a go later.

    The gearbox and clutch have been sweet with no issues so its a bit of a shock to get this.

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    does your clutch feel normal and was it parked on hill?
    Last edited by Даниил; 12th January 2013 at 16:57.

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    Clutch feels fine and I could drive round in 1st no problem.

    Car was parked on level ground. I just thought leaving it in 1st with the handbrake off would prevent the brakes sticking.

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    You may have tried both of these already, but if not give the following a go:
    1) Put something in front of front wheels (few bricks, bit of wood, ramp if you have them) then start the car up and try rocking it forwards onto the bricks etc, then letting it roll back (use the clutch to do this). If it is any sort of stiction in the gear train that will loosen it (Dan has touched on that re. the hill)
    2) Leave the engine idling for 10 minutes to see if warming it up helps. You'll need to keep your foot on the clutch of course!!!

    If still not working, perhaps try dribling a bit of PlusGas where the gear selector mech entrers the gearbox, leave to sit for an hour then start trying to work it loose.

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    Will it move out of first gear with the engine off? Sounds like a gearbox issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlbertes View Post
    My poor 1.8ls (52 reg) has been sitting patiently on the drive while I've been using the wifes car.

    Just gone to take it for a run and found that everything was fine apart from it being stuck in 1st gear !!

    The car has been stood for around a month and was left in 1st gear. Now I cant get the dam thing out of 1st. Clutch and everything else seems fine.

    Any ideas?

    what mileage has the car done ?

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    Hi guys, thanks for your comments.

    I've not been able to do anything on it for the past week due to work commitments but this weekend is crunch time.

    The car has done 167,000 so I was expecting the gearbox to give up the ghost but the car drives so sweet that I was hoping for a few more miles.

    \it wont move out of 1st at all even if the engine is off. As for the rocking I will give it a go but Im expecting a gearbox change sooner rather than later.

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    UPDATE: thanks for the great advice, much appreciated. I removed the battery and tray then had a play with the gear linkages. This didnt give any clues so I ran the car (with foot on clutch) for 15 mins then gave the gear stick some firm encouragement.... hey presto, the gear stick moved out of 1st into neutral! The stick was stiff at first but after a few minutes it was back to its old self.

    The car is now no longer an ornament on the drive

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