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  • [Corsa D 2006-2014] Gear box / linkage

    I was given a Corsa D and have never had a Corsa before, so could someone tell me if its normal for the gearbox not to go into first unless the car has stopped? The gearbox otherwise is fine apart from this. Is this normal or is the gear linkage loose which ive been reading that is a common problem. Thanks

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    Originally posted by Bikerbill View Post
    I was given a Corsa D and have never had a Corsa before, so could someone tell me if its normal for the gearbox not to go into first unless the car has stopped? The gearbox otherwise is fine apart from this. Is this normal or is the gear linkage loose which ive been reading that is a common problem. Thanks
    Hey pal this is normal on the Ds, just make sure your clutch is pressed all the way down. But I find I have to be at a 99 percent stop, but I have never been someone who trys to go into gear one whilst still moving, 2nd handles most. Just keep an eye out and make sure it doesn't do it when perfectly still . Just in case you may want to change gearbox fluid👍🏼

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      Thank you!

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      • #4
        Not unusual for cars to be reluctant going into first on the move .Its so rarely needed the synchromesh on first may be quite weak. (I can remember the days when some cars didnt have synchromesh at all on first)

        If necessary try double declutching.

        - You may already know the technique , but put simply you press the clutch and briefly put the gear stick in neutral ,and let the clutch up again . At the same time you briefly blip the throttle so engine speed rises to match what it would be if the car were in the gear you are hoping to engage .ie engine and gearbox speed are synchronised . Then press the clutch again and go into that gear. Sound complex but with some practice its quick and easy. Rally drivers (and 'enthusiastic' young drivers- including myself back in the day) ) use the technique to change into a lower gear at a higher speed than the synchromesh would normally tolerate. . There are tutorials etc on line.

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        • #5
          My 'D' goes into first gear on the move without any problems, mind you, the only times I need to do this is when in crawling (and I mean crawling) traffic, so it may well be that it would struggle to synchronise at any higher speed.

          Note to Bugman: I can remember when there was no synchromesh on ANY gears! In fact I passed my driving test on a 30cwt van with constant-mesh gears,
          necessitating 'double de-clutching' on all gear changes.
          That was in the days when you still had to give hand signals - A fellow apprentice failed his test for changing gear with his left hand whilst giving a hand signal with his right hand 😀

          I also used to drive an A.E.C. Matador, which had sliding-mesh gears, this was used as a recovery vehicle and used to stand outdoors in all weathers.
          In winter, the gearbox oil became VERY viscose, and it was actually easier to change gear without using the clutch 'till the oil warmed up a bit - This was not that difficult if you got the road speed/ engine revs just right and changed up early.

          Regards

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          • #6
            My 1931 Austin 7 had a 3 speed gearbox with no synchromesh on any gears. My other 1931 A7 had a 4 speed gearbox from 1935.In theory that had synchromesh on all gears but after 60 years of wear and tear it kind of didnt. . I always double declutched for all gears.

            I passed my test in a 1957 Standard Pennant ( a posh version of the Standard 10) which IIRC didnt have synchro on first. (0-60 time of 35 seconds. ) Although the pennant was only about 13 years old at the time it was chalk and cheese compared to the slick new easy to drive Ford escorts used by most test candidates at the time. I like to think the examiner was impressed at the extra skills I was demonstrating

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            • #7
              That started me wondering when synchromesh boxes came about, so Googled it and was surprised to learn that they were invented in 1929 by Cadillac.

              I well remember my dad's Vauxhall ASX of 1934 vintage - it had what they called a 'silent third' gearbox - The picture shows this, to my mind 'back-to-front' arrangement, with third gear at the rear, rather than the more normal position (occupied by second gear in the picture)


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              walksall
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              Last edited by walksall; 15-01-2022, 03:30 PM.

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