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Old 06-03-2005   #1
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Gearchange Rods

There is something id like to clear up about Panda gear change rods. One mechanic told me these rods use neoprene bearings or something similiar which are lube free. A couple of searchs on this forum suggests at least some people oil these linkages. Whats the story guys cos praying for smooth changes is gettin wearing Cheers
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Old 07-03-2005   #2
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Quote Originally Posted by Giacosa
There is something id like to clear up about Panda gear change rods. One mechanic told me these rods use neoprene bearings or something similiar which are lube free. A couple of searchs on this forum suggests at least some people oil these linkages. Whats the story guys cos praying for smooth changes is gettin wearing Cheers
As I understand it...

The mechanic is right that the joints on the rod ends are plastic, and because they are working on a metal ball there's no need for lubricant.

I uspect most of the posts advocating a spot of lube in the gearchange mechanism will be mine:
largely on the grounds of having done it to several Pandas, new and old, and without exception they've been better for the experience - not perfect you understand, but improved.

The thing is though, there are a number of linkages which aren't plastic against metal, and it's worth pulling back the gear lever boot, and giving the bits in there a drop too..

One of the other things which helps a lot is the correct ammount of oil in the gearbox (preferably fresh).

Beyond that though, worn gearbox bearings make things awkward, as does rushing a gear change.

The attached pix should give an idea of the number of places there are which move when you change gear.


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Re: Gearchange Rods

Thanks John thats really great I will get it done tomoro. Your comment made me smile - not perfect you understand, but improved. Couple of other things about the gearchange I heard you can use talcum powder on these plastic bearings - am just worried il look like a burk 'powdering' my car. I think i might look at the clutch adjustment as well. My car started life as a selecta maybe it should have stayed one
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