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Gear lever

Hi, my panda 4x4 has developed a problem. When in neutral if I push the gear lever to the side it no longer springs back to the central position. The gearbox works great.
Any ideas.
Thanks. Anne.
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Re: Gear lever

Two things I can think of are, the spring in the linkage that re-centers the lever is brked, or the linkage itself has become misaligned and needs to be re-centered.
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Re: Gear lever

Probably the spring
Not familiar with the panda but if you remove the gaitor around the stick you you be able to see the return spring
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Re: Gear lever

Probably the spring
Not familiar with the panda but if you remove the gaitor around the stick you you be able to see the return spring
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Re: Gear lever

Hi, checked spring and it's ok.
The problem seems to be at the gearbox end of the cable.
How do l remove the cable from the gearbox linkage?
Does the cable just pull off the linkage.
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Re: Gear lever

Mine recently developed the same issue. I tried lubricating the cables etc, but then realised the problem was elsewhere...

On top of the gearbox itself, one of the 'levers' the cables connect to (the upper one, nearer the front of the car) is connected to a rod that passes through in a 'sleeve' cast into the top of the gearbox. I applied a little oil to either end of this and as if by magic everything became lovely and springy again.

I'll see if I can take a photo tomorrow, but its a hard place to see. To apply the oil, I used a kids paintbrush on the end of a bamboo cane, and carefully managed to put just a drip in the right place. It may also be reachable through the wheel arch after taking the wheel off.
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Re: Gear lever

Hi, thanks Hillhopper.
I removed the battery and battery box and was able to get to the gear linkage.
I put oil on the moving parts and let it soak overnight. Problem solved at no cost. The gear lever now self centres and feels normal.
Many thanks. Anne.
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Re: Gear lever

Thanks for that - one of the most useful recent posts. Don't need the info - yet - but will bear it in mind.
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