At first, I noticed the first gear is so stiff to engage but I ignored it for quite a long time. Then comes the next the fourth gear became so obvious. Then after how many weeks the shifting is so abnormal that engaging the first gear goes to the third gear and from first gear to the second gear it shifts to the fourth gear. The position is normal and you feel it engages until when you press the acceleration that you will notice it’s not on the desired gear to engage with. I’m so sad about this thing because I was thinking that there will be no other way to fix the problem rather than to overhaul the transmission and that is quite a hard task and a lot of money for the expenses of a mechanic and the parts to be replaced. So I called on the mechanic that I will be seeing him for consultation. He, however, is in the province for a vacation and they will be coming back home that week. So for the meantime, I was curious to see what I can do out on the issue at hand. By removing the shift booth, I inspected the shifting handle, and I saw all the screws are all in place. Nevertheless, I removed the screws to see what may be defective of the shifting handle. I saw the perforations and I thought I found the problem to be addressed, it’s the shifting handle.
Two Things to Fix on this Issue
The shift handle and the shift handle tip bushing. Please refer to the image below.
I brought that thing to the auto supply center to buy for a new one. But the salesman said the shifting handle is not the problem. It’s not even the obvious perforations on it, instead, he brought out a plastic to be placed over the tip of the shifting handle and that will resolve everything.
Shift Handle Bushing
So I was so happy to know that the salesman is knowledgeable. I do not need to replace the shifting handle I do not need a mechanic to overhaul the transmission to see the mechanical defects inside the shifting system. I only need a small plastic, in other words, the shifting handle tip bushing which is just worth 40 pesos in our currency and I can drive again my vehicle normally.
Before I can see my friend mechanic I consulted another mechanic and he said that the shifting handle should be replaced. Who is more knowledgeable, the mechanic or the salesman?
If I was not curious enough to work and to discover what is really the cause of the problem, surely, I would not be saved from a thousand pesos for a mechanical fee and for unnecessary part replacement.
However, I took the initiative and took the thing to the Machine Shop for restoration. If I decided to buy a new shifting handle it would cost from three to four thousand pesos and that is too much for me.
In the Machine Shop, almost everything has a solution. They know what to do and they will tell you if they cannot restore a thing.
For the restoration of the shift handle, it cost me three hundred pesos only.
Sometimes we need the guts to learn and be free from the time and budget burdens. However, if you have replaced that bushing and it will not stay long and be perforated again it will lead you to examine other related matters.
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