I have a problem shifting into 1st and 2nd gear in my 325i E36. When the
car is not working it goes through gears fine but when its running 1st and
2nd feel rough. As the car worms up it gets a bit better.
Ive canged the bushings on the shifter but this didnt help.
Do I need to change the gearbox?
I hope not.
In the old days we used to test a synchro by letting the engine tick over and
pushing the lever into gear - the linkage used to be directly into the casing
and not on the outside - haven't seen a BM box for a long time.
If the engine revs fell one could assume the synchro rings were Ok. Another
test was to let the car pick up speed by itself - no appreciable throttle - in
first then lift off and try to slip it into second - if it went in easy then no
problem but this only works going up the box.
However a true sign of synchro ring problems is Crunching the gears. If it
jumps out of gear it is usually the synchro-hub springs and balls and locating
Sir Hugh of Bognor
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