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Got in the car this morning, I think the temp was something like -5. Went to put the car into neutral and couldn't, the gear leaver was frozen solid!

Anyone else had this problem before. I've never had this before!

Can I change the oil to something better?
 

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QUOTE(Trist @ 22 Dec 2009, 09:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Got in the car this morning, I think the temp was something like -5. Went to put the car into neutral and couldn't, the gear leaver was frozen solid!

Anyone else had this problem before. I've never had this before!

Can I change the oil to something better?

We have had temps down to -20C over here in Germany this last week and not had any problems with the gearbox/gear selection.

HTH
 

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Maybe my dealer has put
cheap oil in it!

Are gearbox oil rated like works down to -15 etc...
 

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Dont I?


The other problem I had was leaking window seals, that was caused by wind deflectors the previous owners installed which I had pulled off. Fixed it now with a hairdryer and pushing the seals inwards. Everything else seems to be fine with the car. Just was a bit odd finding the gearbox solid!
 

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Hopefully, we'll see tomorrow morning. How easy is it to change the gearbox oil?

I've got 6l of Mobil 1 and 5 RS plugs to go in in the next few days, as the oil in there now is
. Might as well do the gearbox too.
 

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I'd have a close look at the gear lever linkage as this seems a more likely cause than the oil.
 

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You will prob find its either a ceased linkage in the selector tower or there may possibly be water ingress into the selector cables

which has frozen and stopped the cables from moving,

Gearbox oil is commonly rated by an ep number EP80 EP90 EP75-90 EP120,

As a rule the higher the number the thicker the oil.

I have no idea what oil goes in the ST box, But would take a stab in the dark thats its EP75 - 90 Synthetic.

Gearbox oil would have to be way below -50c before it got close to freezing, infact am unsure that oil freezes at all.

Cheers

Dave
 

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Cheers guys, probably water got onto the linkages somewhere!

Youre probably right, if oil froze at -6 then we'd all be ********! haha
 

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this happened to my dads car and i just pulled the gear leaver gaitor up and soaked it in wd40 till it was running out underneath the car! never happened since!
 

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QUOTE(Trist @ 22 Dec 2009, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>WHat bits did you lubricate?lube everything at the bottom of the shaft trist. (startin to sound rude this topic
) it will just seep down under the car onto the road. if you hav a nice driveway do it in your neighbours drive
use wd40 as its water dispersant hence the wd,
 

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lol it is sounding rude


So where the gear stick shaft slots into the selector mechanism, just lube there right?
 

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QUOTE(Trist @ 22 Dec 2009, 10:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>lol it is sounding rude


So where the gear stick shaft slots into the selector mechanism, just lube there right?
thats right mate,drown it, it wll just keep seeping away. select all the gears half a dozen times and that should sort it for you. makes the shift slicker and less notchy too, which is a nice side effect. hope that sorts it for you
 
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