26-04-2013, 01:35 PM
(This post was last modified: 26-04-2013, 01:36 PM by crickleymal.)
You don't need pictures really. There are two linkages (at least on my 1.9DW there are) one longer thanthe other. Both are a round rod with circular ends within which is a rubber doofus containing the bit that fits over the gearbox actuators. Just prize off the old linkage, the rubber bit may rip so you rip it off and use a pipe grips to get the central bit off. The new one just pops into place. Once you see the new bit you'll see how easy it is.
There are stacks of them for sale on ebay for not much money. Just make sure you get the right ones.
Security system should not fail safe!
Security system should fail dangerous!
Be careful about the kits on eBay.
Not all kits fits all cars. Really wish they posted the length of the links
Bought a 3 link kit for my 1999 1.4i, and only the two short links fit. The long one is about half an inch too long. (Of course, mine is built to drive on the right side of the road, and most kits on eBay are for wrong side of the road drivers. That also goes for clutch cables. )
One of my short links fell apart when I pulled and replaced the engine last winter. The other was almost rusted apart and only held on by sheer desperation...
Luckily the long one was in OK condition.
A tip is to use a pry-bar designed to remove door cards and other interior panels.
(bent, forked tip)
Great for prying off those pesky cups.
And if you can get it, pick a set of links with adjustable length links.
They're a pain to adjust, but may be the difference between a 'difficult gearbox' and a 'tight gearbox'.
hey thanks all, i appreciate all the info i can get! i like the idea of being able to adjust them to get best feel (and prob less stress on parts)
bty-2004 2.0hdi desire
# might help:
2001 and before longest bar has 13mm ends both sides!
2002 onwards the longest bar has 1x13mm end and 1x10mm end!