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replacement 1999 Boxergear change cables

Post by sojowilson on Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:34 pm

HI my gear change is stiff on my Harmony and it is cable operated.
Would replacing the cables help and does anyone know where they can be purchased?
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Re: replacement 1999 Boxergear change cables

Post by -mojo- on Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:47 pm

While you're waiting for someone who knows specifically about Boxers, a generic observation about cable operated gear mechanisms is that stiff operation is more usually a lack of lubrication - more often than not on the linkages rather than the cables themselves. Have you tried any form of lubrication? There have been threads on the subject here before, and from memory there was quite a range of views about which was best to use - though it seems reasonable to suggest that a spray grease with good water resistant properties would be best.
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Re: replacement 1999 Boxergear change cables

Post by roli on Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:29 am

Mojo is right over lubrication

When we had the Executive every 6 months or so I would lift the gear lever gaiter and squirt WD40 on the ball linkages I could see.  Never had any problems after starting this procedure

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Re: replacement 1999 Boxergear change cables

Post by Bartfarst on Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:43 pm

My main experience has been with Mk2 Boxer and supports mojo's comment, namely that the linkage mechanism at the gearbox end was the principal source of stiffness which, in my case, as more across the gate than fore-aft. Quick disassembly, reassembling with lubricant transformed the situation.

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Re: replacement 1999 Boxergear change cables

Post by Wally Walgett on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:58 am

Agree with Bartfast. Had a similar incident with my 2000 Boxer Symbol, (52000 miles). Initially thought it might have been a gearbox problem. The person who services and repairs my vehicle , (trained Peugeot mechanic) said he thought it would be the linkage mechanism at the gearbox end. He disassemble and reassembled with lubricant and since all has been well. I would add that the stiffness was when I tried shifting to a gear using the cross gate. At the same time the ball linkages were lubricated.
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Re: replacement 1999 Boxergear change cables

Post by meanchris on Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:08 am

Another vote for lubrication of the linkages.

In my case I use white Lithium grease spray, but at both ends of the cables, sprayed over all the ball joints, lever pivots and cable inners.

Hopefully, you'll be amazed at the improvement. up!

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Boxer Gear Change stiffness

Post by sojowilson on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:29 pm

Thanks for all the replies and I'm sure they will be a help, will try the lubrication at both ends and will let you know how I get on.
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Re: replacement 1999 Boxergear change cables

Post by boxerman on Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:17 pm

For a moment there I thought I read your username as Sophie Wilson.
I expect you'd be running something newer than a '99 Boxer if it was though smile!

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Re: replacement 1999 Boxergear change cables

Post by biffobear on Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:57 am

I know the early Boxer had water ingress problems in the engine bay due to the scuttle design, ie it couldn't cope with draining the water away from the screen in heavy rain full and used to over flow onto the engine and transmision. Also the near side drain tube from the scuttle would deposit water on top of the gearbox right next to the little plastic vent. So after checking linkages etc I would have the transmision oil checked for water and changed anyway. Also I would get that tube extended pass the gearbox and make sure the scuttle drain holes (2) are not blocked with leafs etc.
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