How to remove the Automatic Gearbox Selector Cover

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How to remove the Automatic Gearbox Selector Cover

Post by Djangoz » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:07 pm

Can anyone advise on how to remove the automatic gearbox selector cover (labelled 8 on page R10 of the Middlebridge Parts Catalogue on the MESS website)? I want to replace the blown bulb which is supposed to illuminate the gear selector plate showing the gear symbols.
The Haynes manual for the Granada/Scorpio with this box suggests simply "carefully pull off the selector housing" before unscrewing the selector knob. However I cant feel any "give" in the cover when I try to prise it upwards and I don't want to break it. Are there any clips or catches or anything which need releasing before it will surrender?


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Post by Will Anderson » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:36 pm

Peter Freeman has the T Shirt for this but if he can't find his photos drop me an email to MB Registrar and I will forward it to you. It involves screws but may not be the same on every car!

Which MB by the way, I can't match your username or I would have sent it direct!!


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Post by peter freeman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:39 pm

There are four nuts hold it in position from underneath - sort of what you expect isn't it. I need to adjust the reverse position at some time as the reversing light does not come on at the right lever position - waiting until I have nothing else to do and I have the energy. There also are two screws at the front of the cover and two at the rear but I could not find a screw driver that would get at them - I suspect they were fitted before the four nuts were done up.



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Post by peter freeman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:58 pm

screws - the rear ones on my car are getatable but the front ones not - other cars have the whole thing further back.
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Post by AJL Electronics » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:05 pm

Peter, the reverse is not independantly adjustable, except by adjusting the whole range up or down with the rod.


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Post by peter freeman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:10 pm

I am aware of that but to get the reversing lights on I have to push the lever to the front of its slot - it stays in reverse and by the look of the underneath a few mm will put it right and the E clip does not look like it will be easy to re-fit with the gear change in position.



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Post by scimjim » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:11 pm

Is the switch not adjustable?


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Post by peter freeman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:15 pm

It seems to be inside the GB Jim



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Post by scimjim » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:36 pm

Ah - wasn’t sure on the A4LD, I only ever adjusted the brake bands on my mk3 2.9i Granada. Pretty sure that the top cover just pulled off on that too (held in place by 4 pins)?


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Post by AJL Electronics » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:36 pm

Switch isn't adjustable, the only way is to alter the rod length. The clip is dead easy Peter, once you see how it fits. It's not (or shouldn't be) an E clip.


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Post by AJL Electronics » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:37 pm

Pull the clip sideways a bit and slide it off. Simple as that.


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Post by peter freeman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:41 pm

Its a E clip on mine and the rod is on a screw thread to adjust - rather like the handbrake - up in the gearbox space it not easy to get at. Putting the clip back on seems to be more difficult than taking it off



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Post by AJL Electronics » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:45 pm

Normally the clip is removed and then the rod rotated to adjust.


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Post by peter freeman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:51 pm

Yes by rotating it on the screw thread but not easy to get he clip back on - at least not on my car - don't want to take the clip off if I'm not sure I can get it back on - It will be easier if I can get he cover off and get at it from above. No rush as I can get the reversing lights to come on when I want to with a bit of playing with the lever



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Post by Djangoz » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:54 pm

Thanks for your input everyone. I'm still a bit mystified though. I'll have another look at it in a day or so. My cover seems set further back than Peter's - it's hard up against the back of the recess whereas Peter's appears further forward? I've felt all around the front of the cover (even under the front edge by pushing down on the carpeted area in front of it - see photo) and can't feel any screws at all. No room to get fingers in behind though.Image
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