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Rob, ASE Certified Technician
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Hi, I have an MG TF 1.8 petrol 2003 it is now verry difficult

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I have an MG TF 1.8 petrol 2003 it is now verry difficult to select reverse gear. you can get it but it may take several atempts of waiting, depressing the clutch followed by a very positive and hard selection-the gear stick also needs to be held to keep it engaged....

sounds expensive?

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Rob replied 3 years ago.

Rob :

Good morning.

Expert:  Rob replied 3 years ago.
Hi Richard.
can you select reverse without the engine running with no problem?
regards rob
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Rob and sorry for the delay.....I've just tried.

I think so but it's no where near as positive as the other gears.....they seem to 'notch-in' and give you the idea they are at a final destination. with the reverse gear however, it some how dosn't seem to be in a final point: with or without the clutch depressed with the engin off.

With the engin on (from a cold start) I could select reverse and it engaged but it took a vigorous positive action.

When the engin was warm after a few hundred mile of motoring I had to wait for a complete engin idle and it could only be selected from neutral having had 10 to 15 seconds wait.

if all that helps?

Expert:  Rob replied 3 years ago.
Hi Richard I am sorry for the delay weather being so nice for a change .
From you description I thing you have a problem with the adjustment on the remote linkage are you in a position that can do some work on the car yourself bearing in mind that the linkage is tucked away a bit?
regards rob
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks rob......and yes the weather is great and it would be criminal to miss it.

I'll look into what you suggest: I'm not a stranger to a spanner but it's been a while (the last car I seriously stripped down was a Lancia Beta Monticarlo) which I brought for £2800 and ended up breaking for a £1000. I was hoping it wasn't going to be......

déjà vu


Expert:  Rob replied 3 years ago.
Hi Richard.
I owned a rusty monti in the 80s .
not too many left now.
What is the current mileage on your car
is the clutch pedal biting point hi or low.
regards rob