I left work at 4.15 today, i fancied a quick blat up the bypass and dual carriageway as i was in the mood for a bit of fun. I cruised about 2 miles and did a u-turn at the trusty roundabout, then about 600 yards back in the opposite direction and pulled into a big long parking bay. Anyway, it sounds a bit pathetic but i love doing standing starts, and this parking bay goes straight back onto the dual carriage way, so all you need is a gap in traffic and your laughing all the way through the gearbox. A sort of bet i can get out and up to speed in front of that artic' in the distance.
So i was sitting there waiting for a gap, went to slip into first gear and it wouldn’t budge, i put it back into neutral then went for a second go, lifted the clutch, and the car lurched and stalled. Still in neutral, i turned the starter and the car lurched forward again. So its still in gear even though the stick is in neutral, good call eguardo. So, i pressed clutch and started up again, pushed the stick up and left into 1st gear position lifted the clutch, clutch labours but car doesn’t move. So, back into neutral on the stick i lifted the clutch slowly and it bit and the car started moving forward.
Well i minced around there for about 10 minutes dashing from the seat to the engine bay fiddling with the linkage, but it wont go into any gear position on the stick and propel the car at the same time.
Bearing in mind i had done a few miles detour from my work place and am about 3 miles from home, i drove home with the stick in neutral position. I was slipping the clutch BIIIIIIGGGG style to get away from junctions where i couldn’t keep rolling momentum and gauging from the speed and revs in this new "neutral" gear i think its 5th, the clutch was screaming for mercy when i got home.
I'm thinking its the linkage on the gearbox that has slipped position, will have a bit of a reccy tomorrow.