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Stiff gears

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by rio1007, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. rio1007

    rio1007 New Member

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    Hi we own a freelander 1.8 petrol s reg and it's developed a problem with the gears 80% of the time they are fine but if you do several short trips the gears stiffen to the point where the only way you can select 1st gear is to turn the engine off and put it into 1st this doesn't solve the problem just allows you to get home. I seems to be worse when its the weather is hotter. I've taken it to a garage and they seem to think it could be that it has had the wrong gear oil put in it and when it heats up the oil is thickening?:confused: I'm not to sure that i agree with this theory. Can anyone shed any light on this for me?
     
  2. ming

    ming SPACE TWOT

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    clutch adjustment. . . . .maybe
     
  3. rio1007

    rio1007 New Member

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    Whats that and how can i adjust it ?
     
  4. garyrigden

    garyrigden Active Member

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    try changing the gearbox oil and while your at it change the ird oil as well. did mine last weekend, the oil in both looked like drinking chocolate bwhen it came out and only has 65k on the clock.
     
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    Hippo Bottomus New Member

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    Also try greasing the gear change linkages. There a quite a few from the gear lever to the gearbox.
     
  6. scott davies

    scott davies New Member

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    The problem is the clutch and slave cylinder goes faulty ive changed mine for 60 quid off ebay only took 30 mins to changed and its like driving a different car now ive done it.
     
  7. Marty1a

    Marty1a New Member

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    Also worth changing the slave cylinder bracket only cost around £8, as its been said before I have changed the cylinders & the bracket and its like a new car!!

    Martin
     
  8. scott davies

    scott davies New Member

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    if you shop around i had mine part of the kit
     
  9. Boxer

    Boxer Active Member

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    Its the head gasket. It always is.

    Failing that is the VCU OK cos winding up the transmission would tighten up the box.
     
  10. Boxer

    Boxer Active Member

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    Just read the thread again

    The oil thickens when it gets hot!!!!!!!!!!! What!!!!!!!!!!

    Now some smart arse is going to come on here and say that there are lots of oils that do that.
     
  11. Pikey

    Pikey Dummy Ejection Facilitator..

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    Nah most ov em do the opposite:)
     
  12. Northern Irelander

    Northern Irelander Well-Known Member

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    When you say stiff, do you mean its crunching into gear or just loads of resistance?

    As already mentioned:

    grease the linkage points, esp the ball/socket on the gearstick itself, just lift the rubber gaitors.

    The release arm on the clutch can seize, just where it goes into the gearbox bell housing.

    Check the 'seating' and housing of the slave cylinder. They are plastic and flimsy retaining clips.

    Someone on here said about 'packing out' the push rod, place a 5mm packer into the socket of the release arm.

    Someone else drilled the bolt holes on the slave cylinder mounting bracket itself, this allows movement of the slave cylinder to the left.

    Maybe an gear oil change might do the trick, although with the OP at 45k I am not convinced it is the oil.
    MTF94 is the same viscosity as 10/40w engine oil, only it has friction modifiers in it (and other stuff).
    Some mechanics cut corners and just fill with any old oil.

    If all that fails, then come back and wll talk fork selectors and gearbox internals ;)
     
  13. ggroenm

    ggroenm New Member

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    they all talking crap had that problem how high does your clutch take its your clutch and pressure plate
     
  14. Northern Irelander

    Northern Irelander Well-Known Member

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    Really? :rolleyes:
     
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    aussielander New Member

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    come on NI, what do you really know about freelanders??
     
  16. marcus_payne

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    well hes elped me a coupla times lol
     
  17. Northern Irelander

    Northern Irelander Well-Known Member

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    I know............... I dont know the front end of a FL1 from the back, what way does it go again.

    What's a clutch?
     
  18. The Mad Hat Man

    The Mad Hat Man Well-Known Member LZIR Despatch Agent

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    Its wot Grippa keeps showin orf in piccies:rolleyes:.
     
  19. Northern Irelander

    Northern Irelander Well-Known Member

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    No deffo wasn't me ;)
     
  20. Northern Irelander

    Northern Irelander Well-Known Member

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    What piccies would that be then?