Question about 1993 Mazda 323
Put it into second gear and the gearstick just moves forward and backwards but won't come out of second
There is one of 2 problems that will give this indication. The first is the gear lever end in the shift rail has moved out of the slot and is behind the slot and not moving it . This can be checked by removing the lever mount from the top of the box and physically moving the shift rail back into the neutral position then replacing the gear lever back into the selector gate and moving the rail again.. The second possible fault is that the selector fork has come loose on the rail and is not moving the gear (just sliding on the rail) If that is the case the box will have to come out unless you can see the selector fork and the lock screws from the top of the box when the lever mount is removed.. If you can move the selector rod forward and tightening up the lock screw then pulling it back to neutral. Repeat until the fork is back in neutral position and lock it up. Most lock screws have a hole and there is wire tied around the shaft to prevent the screw coming loose. If the box has been reconditioned at some time then it is possible that the person doing the job neglected the wire bit.
Posted on Nov 29, 2013
Testimonial: "Thanks for the answer, you were spot on. I followed gear linkage down and found it had come off. I had gearbox reconditioned a while back and they must have forgotten to put the locking plate on. all sorted now and no more problems with the gears. Thanks again"
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