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Offline Borderline

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difficult gearshift - cheap(ish) fix!
« on: April 28, 2021, 11:50:23 am »
Fellow Abarthisti, there's plenty of weeping and wailing on here and the Fiat 500 forums about how the manual gearshift can become vague/stiff/difficult to engage. Apparently franchise dealers claim that the solution is to replace the paired gearshift cables which run between the lever and the top of the gearbox. The part(s) alone cost over £200.

There is an alternative, however. The issue boils down to disintegrating rubber bushes in the cable eyelets at the gearbox end (typical Fiat problem), where they are exposed to oil, dirt and salt. The solution is to replace them with polyurethane bushes. These are available from the US from BushingFix.com - part FM1KIT2 and cost $41.94 including shipping to the UK - that's around £30! You can find the company on eBay, by searching for "Fiat 500 Abarth Manual Transmission Shift Cable Bushing Repair". Mine arrived after four days and my local mechanic was able to fit them in well under an hour. There's a good How To video on YouTube - search for JTS Builds Abarth 500 gearshift cable bushes replacement. I reckon some of you keen DIYers could do this quite easily and save yourselves £hundreds!

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    Re: difficult gearshift - cheap(ish) fix!
    « Reply #1 on: May 05, 2021, 10:09:43 am »
    Hi Borderline.

    What kind of difference did it make, feel and engagement wise please?
    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    Offline Borderline

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    Re: difficult gearshift - cheap(ish) fix!
    « Reply #2 on: May 07, 2021, 04:27:59 pm »
    Gear changes are now more positive - I can feel each "notch" and there is no difficulty in finding and engaging each gear. The shift lever also springs to the 3/4 plane more naturally, as it should, whereas before the new bushes it felt stodgy and didn't spring across the gate.

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    Re: difficult gearshift - cheap(ish) fix!
    « Reply #3 on: May 08, 2021, 10:20:22 am »
    Thanks for the info Borderline.

    I may consider this then after what you have described.

    Mine had a brand new gearbox under warranty three years ago, and a new clutch at the same time, I only do around 2K per year.

    But my gear changes and sometimes even getting it into gear is not that smooth, sometimes it's dificult completely, so I may give your idea a try to see what happens.

    Thanks again.
    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

     

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