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I have just put a new box in my 2001 1.6 scenic and having difficulties finding reverse. Has anyone "set up" the gear linkage themselves. Basically, what should I do?

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Just in case anyone needs to do this I thought I would just explain how I got on. I read through the Haynes description and was none the wiser, so jacked up the car and got under to have a look. My scenic has a rod connection from the gearstick to the gearbox selector. Just to explain that the gearbox selector has to move in two planes, obviously forward and back to give gears 1,2,3 and 4 but also up and down to be able to get reverse and fifth. Both adjustments are made by slackening the pinch bolt at the engine end of the selector rod. By lenghthening or shortening the rod you adjust the "throw" and by twisting the rod you adjust the "up and down" movement.

The Haynes manual goes into great detail about using a shim of a known thickness and locking the gearbox in gear with or without a special tool, with the pinch bolt slack the clamp will then find its own correct position. This did not work quite well enough for me and I had to "tweak" it a little to get the correct centering of the gearstick in front of 3rd gear.

The important thing to remember is make a mark so you have a point to return to and one which shows you how far you have "adjusted" the clamp. Also, millimetres make a difference between being in and out of gear. Keep going until it feels right, having someone in the car "trying" the gearbox between adjustments also helps. :d
 

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Just in case anyone needs to do this I thought I would just explain how I got on. I read through the Haynes description and was none the wiser, so jacked up the car and got under to have a look. My scenic has a rod connection from the gearstick to the gearbox selector. Just to explain that the gearbox selector has to move in two planes, obviously forward and back to give gears 1,2,3 and 4 but also up and down to be able to get reverse and fifth. Both adjustments are made by slackening the pinch bolt at the engine end of the selector rod. By lenghthening or shortening the rod you adjust the "throw" and by twisting the rod you adjust the "up and down" movement.

The Haynes manual goes into great detail about using a shim of a known thickness and locking the gearbox in gear with or without a special tool, with the pinch bolt slack the clamp will then find its own correct position. This did not work quite well enough for me and I had to "tweak" it a little to get the correct centering of the gearstick in front of 3rd gear.

The important thing to remember is make a mark so you have a point to return to and one which shows you how far you have "adjusted" the clamp. Also, millimetres make a difference between being in and out of gear. Keep going until it feels right, having someone in the car "trying" the gearbox between adjustments also helps. :d
Mike - I have the same problem as you re Scenic gear linkage having taken engine/gearbox out when swapping the engine over (cambelt snapped). I also read Haynes manual and didn't glean much from it. Anyway, did you basically do this by trial and error? Currently I can't get reverse - it goes into first when I lift the 'collar' up on the gearstick. If I don't lift the collar, it goes in to 3rd. Any tips gratefully accepted, thanks - Chris
 

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Hi, for those having a hard time getting in 1st gear or reverse gear :

Adjusting/setting the gear linkage in the correct position (Scenic up to 2003)

1: Raise the car (Never go under the car with jack support only, always provide jackstands/tires SAFETY FIRST!)
2: Put the car in NEUTRAL gear.
3: Go under the car, now follow the rod (the one coming from the shift knob inside, under the car)
4: Loosen the nut wich connects the rod to the gear linkage on the gearbox
5: ROTATE the rod all the way to the right, make a mark how far it goes max
6: ROTATE the rod all the way to the left, make a mark how far it goes.
7: ROTATE the rod to the middle position of the two steps before.
8: Fasten the bolt (don't overtighten it)
9: Lower the car and remove tools and stuff from under the car, (make sure there's no stuff left)
10 : Start the car, enjoy your 1st gear and reverse like it was before.

Good luck
 
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