[ROVERNET - UK] Clutch?

S Manwell s_manwell at alum.swarthmore.edu
Sun Apr 30 23:20:21 BST 2006


If the gear lever was suddenly looser (more play back and forth) then 
the plastic ball at the bottom of the gear lever might have broken off.  
Or the seat that the gear lever pivots in might have cracked.  Usually, 
though, it is still possible to get into any of the gears with this 
situation, but the gear lever is very sloppy.  Maybe some other part of 
the gear selector linkage came loose?

Its also possible that some part of the clutch failed -- broken springs 
on the pressure plate, disintegrated friction material on the clutch 
disc, etc., but this seems unlikely.

Is its still easy to get into first?  Does the gearbox sound the same as 
it did while you're driving forward in 1st?  (or 3rd or 4th as Paul asked.)


Gordon Harrower wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm coming out of my customary voyeuristic position here to run a TC 
> problem by the more-knowledgeable.  Today I was driving my '68 TC and 
> suddenly felt a shudder when trying to shift into second gear.  Soon I 
> couldn't get it into second at all, then only first gear would work.  
> As fate would have it, I was near the garage that works on it, but I'd 
> like to have some sense of what's going on before I approach them 
> tomorrow.
> I'd appreciate any thoughts.
> Thanks, Gordon.
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