I'm hoping for some advice here as I'm a little stuck as to which route to take 1st, I know its been covered a million times before but just wanted to see what you guys thought to my problems with the Transit.
I 1st got the van at approx 40000 miles, its now on about 121k, it had always had what I thought was a notchy gear change but had gradually been getting worse, I had put a solid flywheel and clutch on a few thousand after getting van due to slave cylinder leaking and this never changed gear change at all. Then 2 weeks ago I suffered gearbox failure and have just put a reconditioned box on and a new clutch kit (£££!!!!) hoping I'd have a slick change afterwards with new box but that slick change never came.
The problem only really seems to be on the forward gears, I struggle with 1st and my driver struggles with 1st and 3rd, I have disconnected the cables and I can freely move the selector into all gears, also when the cables are disconnected from the gear lever control box then the gear lever is free to move all over without any roughness. All though when everything is connected together 1st gear can sometimes go straight in and other times its like it just clicks in at the last second, can kinda feel a click and crunch in the gear stick when engaging 1st, I always keep 1st gear pressed forward as letting clutch out just in case its not fully in. I also noticed when disconnecting the grey cable off the selector that some of the orange plastic tabs inside had snapped off, it fits tight and without play but could it be at fault? The blue cable has been adjusted correctly but I noticed that the linkage in the gearlever control box has some left to right play in the joints, is this normal or a possible fault?
I have been into fords and they said I'm looking at £125 per cable and about £90 for a gear lever control box which they say they never have any issues with, (but then again they did tell me you cant replace the selector bearing and I've seen a few posts stating otherwise) I have seen the cables at £75 each with Transitpartsuk on Ebay who I've had several parts off with no trouble, anyone used these cables with or without sucess?
Any advice at all will be greatly appreciated as after just spending 1K on box and clutch etc I dont want to see this one crunched away but dont fancy going out and buying a selector,2 cables,control box.
Anything I've missed then please shout up and thanks in advance guys.