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sounds as if the clutch bite is still too high and needs further adjustment.
If this is the case it is always most evident when selecting reverse as it
is the only non syncromesh gear.
One way of getting into reverse is to move the gear lever into reverse
position then pull the gear lever back(or forward) depending on reverse
location as you raise the clutch and you will normally find it will slip
Hope this helps
----- Original Message -----
From: "Darren" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 2:30 PM
Subject: [MH-list] Reverse gear
Our Talbot express based AS Harmonony (Homer) has deveolped an
annoying intermittant fault. Sometimes It refuses to go into reverse.
All of the other gears are fine but now and then I cannot select reverse.
I have spoke to my friend John (a fellow list member) and he thought
that it might be the linkage.
The dealer sent me to the garage who does it's work for them and they
just adjusted the clutch. This seemed to work, but a few days later it
The garage has had Homer back now for a second time, but cannot find
anything wrong. The mechanic says that the only thing left to try is
fit a new clutch. To do this he has to get authorisation from the
dealer. As he can't say for certain that it's the clutch at fault, he
thinks that the dealer might not be too happy about this.
Homer has only done 17,000 miles. That's a very low for a commercial
vehicle's clutch to go, but the mechanic seems to think that the low
mileage could be the reason for premature failiure. He say that
Clutches can harden if not used.
I have no problem with a slipping clutch, but the slightest depresion
of the clutch pedal will cause the clutch to slip. This usually only
happens when going up through the box.
Does anyone on the list have any thoughts on this problem? As I say it
only happens now and then. The last time it happened I thought that
I'd have to push Homer into his parking spot.
Homer less for 2 days and counting :(
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