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Type 9 Poor Selection
Fandango - 10/6/19 at 08:10 AM

Hi all.

Although the actual gearbox works fine, I have a problem with selecting gears with my type 9.

It all seems vague / imprecise, also when selecting first, it is very easy to land up in reverse.

It has been like this for some time, I have just lived with it, but would now like to get it fixed, as the car will be going up for sale soon.

Is this a common fault / wearing part?

Cheers Carl


rusty nuts - 10/6/19 at 08:42 AM

Possibly the saddle at the base of the gear lever worn or even broken . If itís not available locally to you Burtonpower do list them at around a fiver,also do a heavy duty item for about £20


David Jenkins - 10/6/19 at 08:53 AM

As Mel has said - the bottom end of the gearstick has a metal fork that pushes the end of the gearbox selector shaft around. On the gearbox selector shaft's lever there is a black metal and nylon 'thing' called a saddle that cushions the gearlever fork. This works OK for many years but does eventually wear out.

Just unbolt the gearstick, look into the hole and you should see the saddle right in front of you - it may be covered in grease (it should be). It pulls off vertically, and the new one can easily be pushed in its place.

It's a simple thing to check before taking the lid off the gearbox and trying to fix something more serious - and you really don't want to do that unless you're really confident with gearboxes!

[Edited on 10/6/19 by David Jenkins]


Fandango - 10/6/19 at 12:25 PM

OK cheers guys.

Part is out of stock at Burtonpower, so will try an ebay one £13.

Fingers crossed it fixes it so simply!


rusty nuts - 10/6/19 at 01:19 PM

If you get stuck it might be worth giving BGH Geartech a ring?


Dingz - 10/6/19 at 05:58 PM

Ford dealers may be able to get you one, my last one came from there.