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Why has the gear stick in my Peugeot gone sloppy?

Asked by Lee

The gear stick in my Peugeot has gone all sloppy but can still be but into gear, is there a fix for this?

Answered by CarsGuide

14 May 2021 David Morley

If the car still selects gears, then the problem is probably not within the gearbox itself. Instead, it’s likely to be play, or looseness, that has developed in the shift mechanism. The gearstick in a car is linked to the actual gearbox either by a series of levers or cables. The motion of the gearstick is transferred via those linkages or cables to the internal workings of the transmission and the gearshift is made. If free-play or looseness develops in these linkages or cables, or the pivot of the gearstick itself, then the sloppiness you’re feeling can occur.

The fix is to replace the worn bushes or bearings that these linkages ride on, thereby removing the free-play. It can be a fairly simple job in some cases, but other times the worn parts are deeper within the mechanical bits and need extra dismantling to reach. That’s when the job can become more expensive.

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