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#1 MiniPlayground


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 11:07 PM


First time poster here, I just received my Mini from Japan a week ago.  I have run into an interesting problem, I cannot get the car into 1st gear.  The car will go into 2nd, 3rd, 4th without issue but when I attempt to go into first and release the clutch it will not engage the gear.  If I push the shifter with all my strength and release the clutch and get some engagement.  I have checked the roll pins and the shifter ball and everything seems to be moving properly and nothing is out of place.  Any ideas as to what I have going on?

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:39 AM

I'm inclined to think it will be external from the Gearbox.


I'd suggest removing the roll pin from the selector, checking you can select all gears from there (a No. 1 Phillips Driver works for doing this) and while disconnected, having a feel of how the shifter moves through it's range.


Carpet is a common culprit here.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:40 AM

I checked to see if carpet or anything else was binding it up and it doesn't appear to be.  Here is a photo with the selector cover removed, the selector is in 1st gear.  Does it seem like it is in the correct place? I am looking at the space between the back of the housing and the ball fitting with the pins.






This is a photo of the transmission end:






Thanks for any help.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 09:51 AM

Have a look at the slot / pin on the gear lever swivel ball I suspect the slot to be worn...

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 07:31 PM

Check for wear and movement  at the bolt above the roll pin on the top rod.

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