Hi I have a fault with my gears, my 1995 M reg *** import is not going into third gear straight away, its not grinding or anything like that, it just seems to be offline and loose. can you suggest where to look to resolve this problem. Thanks Websy
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run the fault codes and look for faulty servo/solenoids and TCM
it could also be a oil level or oil condition problem
I suggest a visit to an accredited auto shop specialist for a proper diagnosis before you waste money
if a new box is suggested get second and third opinion and quotes
The gear may be stripped, can't catch other gear,have you been grinding this gear,will have to go into transmission and replace third gear,will have to wind second gear out and shift to 4th gear.May be better and cheaper to get a remanufactured transmission cause all parts are new versus just 3rd gear being replaced.
if the shifter is loose and sloppy feeling then the shift cable bracket has come loose under the dash at the steering wheel. remove the lower panel under the steering wheel so you can see under the dash then get flash light and look while jiggling the shifter. you should be able to see the cable and bracket. if the bracket is loose then tighten the bolts. note this bracket is at the steering colum.