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Gear lever stiff and does not return to the centre

My 2005 Mitsubishi Colt gear lever is stiff and does not automatically return to the centre of the gate when in neutral.

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Hi, Permanant fix, take to garage and get them to replace link shaft on gear change mechanism. Or temp fix, get a tin of WD 40 with the plastic pipe that can be pushed onto the spray nozzle. Get a chopstick or simillar. Put chopstick down side of gear rubber gater. Do this by pulling blue rubber gater away from gear knob and gently inserting chopstick down into gater. Put the WD 40 plastic pipe down gater alongside the chopstick and spray a good amount. then roll the chopstick around to another possition and spray more WD 40. repeat until you have done it four or five possitions covering all round. Job done.

Posted on Aug 06, 2010

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  • Daniel B Jan 03, 2011

    I just want to post a follow up to this advice as it cured the problem for me. However, I went one step further and first removed the plastic gearstick surround so I could get proper access to the linkage and then applied motorcycle chain lube which works much better than WD40 as it penetrates in the same way but leaves a thick, long lasting lubricant behind:
    - First remove the felt cover in the well at the rear of the handbrake and then remove the 2 screws underneath.
    - Then unclip (with small screwdriver or similar) and remove the plastic tray which sits in front of the handbrake. Now remove the hex screw on the driver's side.
    - Gently prise up the cigarette lighter plastic cover which should then lift away, revealing a hex screw which you should remove. Take care not to pull on the wiring to the cigarette lighter - this can be disconnected if desired.
    - Now the whole gearstick surround should lift upwards providing access to the linkage underneath. Lubricate thoroughly all moving parts and try to get some down the holes that the rods go into.

  • Daniel B Jan 03, 2011

    I just want to post a follow up to this advice as it cured the problem for me. However, I went one step further and first removed the plastic gearstick surround so I could get proper access to the linkage and then applied motorcycle chain lube which works much better than WD40 as it penetrates in the same way but leaves a thick, long lasting lubricant behind:
    - First remove the felt cover in the well at the rear of the handbrake and then remove the 2 screws underneath.
    - Then unclip (with small screwdriver or similar) and remove the plastic tray which sits in front of the handbrake. Now remove the hex screw on the driver's side.
    - Gently prise up the cigarette lighter plastic cover which should then lift away, revealing a hex screw which you should remove. Take care not to pull on the wiring to the cigarette lighter - this can be disconnected if desired.
    - Now the whole gearstick surround should lift upwards providing access to the linkage underneath. Lubricate thoroughly all moving parts and try to get some down the holes that the rods go into.

  • dwalter2222 Jan 25, 2011

    I have exactly the same problem - very stiff side-to-side movement in neutral and does not return to the centre. Nobbytrussin's advice was very helpful. I removed the centre console and lubed up all moving parts (particularly the ones associated with side-to-side movement). However, mine seems to still be very stiff. It's a little better now, I think, but still a real effort to move to the left to get into 1st or second, for instance, which makes pulling away somewhat challenging!

    Is it possible that my problems lie deeper - further down the side-to-side movement rod into the gearbox? I wonder if anyone knows an easy way of lubricating further down this rod?

  • hirdy715 Jul 04, 2011

    just had same problem with a 2006 colt and the stiff gear stick its down to the selector and the only way to fix the problem totally is to replace the selector from mitsubishi at £323+VAT. Had a chat with the man in parts and its a commen fault. sorry

  • euphoria_bia
    euphoria_bia Mar 18, 2013

    my -06 has got the same problem! i have lubed everything and it is better but not good, i think mitsubishi should recall all colts to fix this problem when it is clearly a factory fault.

  • Joey2014
    Joey2014 Feb 26, 2014

    I attempted to do the WD40 spray temp fix, but unfortunately the red straw from the WD40 spray fell out and into the gap, disappearing under the gearstick! I am now worried that this may make it dangerous to drive the car... any advice??

  • emma west
    emma west Mar 06, 2014

    i have the same problem to, i have now been told it is the gear selector shaft, i have tried everywhere to get one and they have sold out even on ebay, the WD40 did work for a bit,i also last the straw but has not caused anymore damage when driving, i agree a factory fault and i have emailed head office of mitsubishi, probably want here anything back, why should we have to pay for a mess up from mitsubishi, we should go to watchdog, or the ombudsmen

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