Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Aint no K around here
Car: MG ZR & MG F
IB5 really stiff 1st 2nd intermittently
So 2 years ago I changed the bush at the bottom of the gearstick to the plastic item. No issues here.
But now the car is struggling, at times, to get 1st and second and really needs pushing around to get it back to centre and over to the left.
Other gears are fine, clutch is at a good level (no change), oil was changed around a year ago.
I'm thinking it's the bushes at the end of the linkage, or thereabouts.
Now, I know that China got the IB5 box, and they have a different selector layout, so I'm swaying towards ordering that.
Does the problem sound like the bushes more than the box itself? Like I said, it's smooth in every other gear, and intermittently in 1st and 2nd. It doesn't actually struggle to locate, it just requires a lot of force!