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I've pretty much done everything to my car over the years and now just when I was trying to get the cash together to get her re-sprayed she no longer drives. :(

I was accelerating along a road when it felt like the gear disengaged. The engine still runs but it wont select any of the gears when I move the leaver... (it is an automatic) It didn't make any serious noise when it went so I am hoping it will be something simple and hopefully cheap to fix... Can anyone tell me what's wrong with it or know how to fix it for a reasonable price in or around Milton Keynes?

Kind Regards


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in or around Milton Keynes?

I take it that you live in or around Milton Keynes, i'm one of the main henchmen in the local Vauxhall/Opel mafia (and classic cars in general) in and around Milton Keynes. WE NEED TO TALK!!!

Call me on the number below, oh and i know a good gearbox repairers or if its a Manta/MK 1 Cav you've got, i've got a spare autobox....

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Could simply be the selector arm/linkage, check that before you get worried! Just jack the front of the manta up and get underneath the gearbox. First look above the propshaft joints which is roughly where the gear selector stick pokes into the interior (it's a little further back). You should see a long flat piece of metal which joins to a longer thin rod which runs along one side of the box and down towards the gearbox sump. If you can't see it, get someone to move the selector in the car to see it moving underneath. It is quite possible for the adjuster or any of the connections to come loose, or even the selector stick itself.

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  • 1 month later...

Okay here's the latest, thanks Mantaman and Rick-Manta for your help. The exernal linkages etc on the vehicle all appear intact, the vehicle freewheels in all gears as if they don't engage however it does stop in park (it's an autobox) I didn't hear anything crunch or snap when it went, it was just like it went into neutral. Does anyone know what it might be so I can check it, I have it in a garage at the moment which is incurring me costs however i don't just want to give them another paid ticket to changing everything they fancy so if anyone knows exactly what is wrong then I'd be more than grateful to hear from you. Could do with a specialist manta garage really as vauxhall wont touch opels even if they are current models... something to do with insurance I was told, although these days with all the electronics and diagnostics etc I doubt they would have anyone with the knowhow to deal with simple cars :-p. I have been told that the torque converter appears to be in working order. If it is the gearbox does anyone know if it is just a part that could be replaced? Also how hard would it be to take care of all the changing etc myself?

Many Thanks again and I look forward to the replies.


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