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Engaging reverse gear

Had problem with engaging reverse gear. Called out AA - sprayed WD40 into gear level and somewhere under bonnet. Just told should get it checked but not immediate problem. What is wrong ?

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If WD-40 helped the problem then the bushes and linkage should be inspected for wear/adjustment and rust as the WD-40 is a temporary lubricant. Check it asap as the problem needs repair.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

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    Marion Dunn Nov 18, 2013

    Thanks for advice. Bit surprised as car had MOT and service 2 months ago, and wonder how costly repair likely to be ?

  • Bill Boyd Nov 19, 2013

    Obviously the service and MOT inspection was a "tick & flick " affair and not done properly. Take it some where else ( qualified and accredited shop) and ask specifically to have the linkage inspected to determine the exact cause of the fault.

  • Marion Dunn
    Marion Dunn Nov 19, 2013

    Unfortunately for me MOT and Service was done at Fiat accredited centre - so who can you trust, if problem should have been picked up then !!!



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Not the clutch... and maybe not the transmission internals...

Since you mentioned clutch, I assume you have a manual transmission and not an automatic transmission.

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... you may not have fourth gear ... sure?

It may be the linkage immediately on the outside of the transmission.
Look to see if any metal bars are "hsnging down from the bottom of the car. If so, re-connect them using a cotter pin.
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