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Old 14 November 2014, 17:31   #1
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Corsa gear crunching?

Right I know its for RIBs this app but Ive exhausted the internet and want to hear some opinions. Its a 2003 vauxhall corsa 1.0 which I bought 4 weeks ago, when starting and for first 10 mins it is very hard to get into first gear. After that its fine and slots in. I still wouldnt say all the gears slot in nicely but they are fine after first. So any ideas whats wrong? I reckon gear linkage, or maybe just lubricating??

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Old 14 November 2014, 17:36   #2
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Gearbox oil level?

Or have you power washed the engine/gearbox?

Any water ingress into the gearbox will knack the syncromesh's.
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Is your biting point on your clutch near the top?

A good test is to; start the car, engage 3rd gear, apply handbrake see if you can make the clutch slip at about 2,000 rpm.

If the handbrake is not much good you will have to 'heel and toe'

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Changing the gear oil won't do any harm. Always pull the fill plug before the drain plug. Sometimes it needs a special adaptor tool.

Regards gear shift - not familiar with Vauxhall, but linkage can be adjusted on 5-speed VAG vehicles such as Audi, VW, etc. Link here:

As far as I can determine if you lift the gaiter on the gearshift and there will be a hole that aligns that you can lock. Then you can adjust any slack at transmission end. Look at post mid way down on this form chat: gear linkage setup
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Old 15 November 2014, 03:33   #5
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Thanks for replies.

In response, clutch is fine and has loads of wear left. Simply it feels like when you try to engage 1st something is blocking it, but then if you slam it to left and forward it usually goes in......


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Common fault with linkage wear
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Old 15 November 2014, 08:06   #7
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Thanks for replies.

In response, clutch is fine and has loads of wear left. Simply it feels like when you try to engage 1st something is blocking it, but then if you slam it to left and forward it usually goes in......


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It's the clutch binding. It's nothing to do with wear. It's a common problem. Changing the oil with a blended type will look like the problem is fixed but the problem will come back. Alan P
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Old 15 November 2014, 13:15   #9
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Online most seem to think its gear linkage which will cost about 100. How much would replacing the clutch binding cost


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Now we have the Internet we don't need specilists !!!. Replace the clutch and maybe flywheel
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