Gear Stick on C3 very stiff to engage gears

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Gear Stick on C3 very stiff to engage gears

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Hi My son in-laws C3 2013 saloon is now difficult to engage the gears (gear stick very stiff) Worse when engine is cold and does improve when engine has warmed up. Any ideas would be appreciated please.

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Re: Gear Stick on C3 very stiff to engage gears

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Is it hard to engage when the engine is not running? Has any work been done involving removing a driveshaft?

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Re: Gear Stick on C3 very stiff to engage gears

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Yes its still very stiff when cold and engine not running(first thing in morning) Theres been no work done re drive shafts. But there has been a cat fitted about 2 months ago by a well known chain and they had mentioned something about the gear box and gear stick.

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Re: Gear Stick on C3 very stiff to engage gears

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Have a look at the counter weight on top of the gearbox, they were prone for seizing up on the pivot point/bolt. It doesn't do a whole lot so i used to take it off & do away with it although i felt doing that does give a slightly wayward/looser feel to the gear change.

opinion may be divided on doing away with it but once these start playing up they certainly effect the gear change.

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Re: Gear Stick on C3 very stiff to engage gears

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Thanks for the info, Found the counter weight and applied some lubricant to joints. Problem now solved