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> Help: Manual Shifter Binding When Moving Into Neutral, shifer problems
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post Jan 25 2020, 09:16 PM
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I have an issue with my manual shifter on my 2006 S40 T5.

When I move the shifter backwards from 1st gear, the shifter binds and requires some force to move it to the right, into neutral. Then is clunks into place.
When I move the shifter forwards from 2nd gear, the shifter binds and requires some force to move it to the right, into neutral. Then is clunks into place.
I have no problems moving the shifter any other direction.

Because of this when I try to shift from 2nd to 3rd it usually slips into 1st instead.
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post Jan 27 2020, 01:35 AM
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A similar problem has been reported on later models as can been seen by the following link. Most likely something has come loose in the cable/link connection for the manual shift lever. Possibly can be fixed easily if you can manage to access the cable links. Otherwise leave it to someone who knows what he (or she) is doing.

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1046284...-shift-linkages

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post Jan 28 2020, 07:51 PM
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I disconnected the (left to right) shifter cable from the transmission and moved the selector lever on the transmission manually. The problem still happens (no shifter attached). So something is wrong in the transmission. The selector lever is attached to a cover plate. I'll open it and see if there is anything there that is easy to fix. Maybe I'll get lucky and find my long lost luck penny wedged in there. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)

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post Jan 28 2020, 10:03 PM
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Good luck. It is extremely unusual for a fault to develop with the selector mechanism inside the gearbox unless it has been abused. I cannot recall this problem coming up before in this forum so it would be appreciated if you could let us know your findings.
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post Feb 1 2020, 12:21 PM
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Turns out the cover plate is an actually a module (Gear Selector) that slides out. I'm working on getting to it now. Has anyone ever removed one? Does it slide up and out?
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post Feb 1 2020, 04:10 PM
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I've confirmed that the problem is in the Gear Selector module. I don't know what is causing the problem yet. The pin in the shift gate still won't move back to the neutral position unless it's bumped or hit. In the picture below, the pin is sitting on the side (bottom) of the shift gate when my hands off of the selectors on top.


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post Feb 2 2020, 02:42 AM
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could the assembly just need additional lubrication to stop it binding, or maybe there is a spring or something thats not performing its task
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post Feb 4 2020, 09:02 PM
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After beating, cleaning, fine-sanding and re-lubing every contact point I could find, decided it was just time to buy a replacement. Just when I was about to put it down, I hard tapped the lateral shift lever, 3 times with a hammer, where it enters the top of the gear select module. That did the trick. The module works now.
I'll finish putting everything back together tomorrow and go for a test drive.
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post Feb 4 2020, 10:38 PM
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You've shown how perseverance (& a good tap with a hammer) can sometimes get results. Puzzling though what caused the binding, especially as the gear change is normally so smooth and light. I wonder if brackish water managed to get in at some stage.
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post Feb 5 2020, 09:06 AM
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QUOTE (Platypup @ Feb 4 2020, 10:38 PM)
You've shown how perseverance (& a good tap with a hammer) can sometimes get results. Puzzling though what caused the binding, especially as the gear change is normally so smooth and light. I wonder if brackish water managed to get in at some stage.


That makes a lot of sense. Maybe I could have cleared it with brake clean and penetrating oil.
Tonight I'll change the fluid as a precaution. I'll also replace the lower engine torque mount as it's been clunking for a while.
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post Feb 5 2020, 08:54 PM
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Ok. I took it for a test drive for a few miles and no problems shifting at all. I'll get back with you all in a few days.
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post Jul 1 2020, 10:12 PM
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It's been a few months. All is fine.
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