Shift linkage refurbishment

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Fri Sep 20 13:02:24 EDT 2002

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Hearing  noise with the clutch out it would indicate a bad throw out bearing.
Does the car make that noise when it's sitting at idle with the clutch pushed

Dan B.

Ah, "refurbishment" is such a nice word. What's that saying? "If it ain't
broke, it probably needs refurbishment."
Shifter issues have been on my mind, too. For the past 2 yrs, my older car
(Lago, 135K miles) has had a very slight (but annoying) grinding noise from
"down below"-- driveline, gear, bearing(?) The noise occurs in any gear and is
heard _only_ when coasting off-throttle with the clutch out. However I've
discovered that this noise vanishes if the shifter is pulled gently upward
with a slight, negligible movement--perhaps 1/16". Altogether, the shifter on
this car can be pulled upward by as much as 1/8-3/16", whereas my "newer" car
(38K miles) has almost no perceptible up/down "play" in its shifter (and no
driveline noise, either).
So I'm wondering if the driveline noise is somehow induced by a misaligned
shift mechanism that requires, um, refurbishment. Any thoughts? Despite study
of Bentley/ETKA diagrams I don't have a clear idea as to how the shift-linkage
works. Oh, BTW, gear-shifting is certainly not any better than it was 40K ago,
but it doesn't seem a lot worse, either.
Phil Rose Rochester, NY USA
'91 200q (135 Kmiles, Lago blue)
'91 200q (58 Kmiles, Tornado red) mailto:pjrose at

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