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S3 no reverse??

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by C.McGrory, May 18, 2021.

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  1. C.McGrory

    C.McGrory Active Member

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    Hi all,
    Having a slight issue with a series 3 gearbox, seemingly suddenly cannot engage reverse, the lever was blocking reverse entirely, no noises or anything.
    i was able to get into reverse again then after a drive it's gone again!
    in the video you should see the assembly butting up against a collar that looks like it should move??



    any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Callum :)
     
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    lynall Well-Known Member

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    Cannot see the video, but its not unkown for stones to get into the linkage and screw things up.
     
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    thats the trust washer it should slide along the shaft, if the 2 interlocks are sat between the selectors 2 shafts will have to be in neutral to move the 3rd
     
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    all of the rollers and balls were out at that stage. even so, the 1-2 and 3-4 rods were in neutral :)
    what could stop the thrust washer from sliding? is there anything that can come dislodged?

    many thanks,
    Callum
     
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    jamesmartin Well-Known Member

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    nothing unless the bronze washer has worn to nothing a bits are jamming the steel washer
     
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    Mmmm sounds like i need to delve deeper :(
    I'll try taking all of the rods out and prodding about...
     
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    had it happen after an off road session years ago.
    nb. also a snapped off gear lever whilst shifting on the same S3 :rolleyes:
     
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    must be a weakness I’ve had that too
     
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    norseman Well-Known Member

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    It's not until you have to shift using a pair of mole-grips clamped onto the stump of the lever that you realise the amount of leverage required, which is why the lever is so long.
    nb: the 'temporary' welded gear lever was still intact when I sold the LR a couple of years later ;)
     
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    boguing Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I wonder if I bought it?! When I got my first series I didn't really think it through and assumed that the stick was welded as standard. When it snapped again the truth dawned - as did the fact that I had no grips with me. Managed to get it into 2nd and limped home.
     
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    If you can remember the reg # I can tell you if it was mine ;)
    L ('73) reg. 109, blue when I sold it.
     
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    boguing Well-Known Member Full Member

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    R reg 88 - which is fortunate - I really didn't want to use a public forum to call out your welding.....
     
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