I did a search on this before I posted so no flaming please
This morning (after yesterdays Chilterns run), I got in the car turned on the ignition, put the clutch down (as I always do before starting up) and I couldn't get the car out of second. Eventually after much pushing it did go back in to neutral, but it was really stiff to engage. It felt almost like the gearbox was full of treacle.
I moved it around between gears and it started to get better, then after starting the engine and driving off it was fine without about 10 minutes.
Surely this can't be due to the oil becoming more viscous in cold temperatures (it was reading -3C this morning)? Anyone else experienced this?
My gearbox in my coop squeeks thru 1,3,5th gear until very warm and it is a little bit reluctant most of the time. But just to let you know, it cannot be the -3 temp, I went through -17.5C 2 days ago! And the car frequently sits through I imagine -5 in the evenings. No probs.
Max - don't think is was anything to do with leaving it in gear - I park on a totally flat surface at night. I only leave it in gear through habit. In terms of checking oil, the last time I cheked the engine oil was on Saturday. I don't ever check the gearbox oil - can you? I am of course assuming that our mini's are not like old mini's and do not share oil.
Like I described above, it did not just suddenly go away, it was like stirring ice cream, very diffiuclt to begin with, but gradually easier until it was fine.
Hi folks, according to somone 'in the trade' who has an S; he found changing the oil to a performance one fixed the probs ... goes to find note of type ....Millers Motorsport Gearbox oil CRX 75W 90 you need 1.5 ltrs so 2x1ltr bottles .... plus ramps/stands etc to drain and refill - plug can be re-used
self same persons company sell it and is listed on here
Cool ? [no more clues]
if anyone has changed the oil for better (or worse) pls let us know
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