In time many cars gearlevers fail to self center, the gearbox itself contains the self centerins spring generally one of three things causes this fault.
Sticking gearchange cables, of which replacement is the only real
Sticking ball joint at the bottom of the gear lever - simply lubricate with teflon lube or a graphite based spray lube
A seizing or stiff cross gate crank bush/pivot
The pics and
instructions below detail a maintainance procedure that rectifies the
The photographs are from a 2000W Elise, Earlier cars may differ in
the bush deign, but the problem is lileky to be the same.
A - The bush/pivot that seizes preventing the gearbox
return spring from centering the gear lever
B - Cross gate crank link
rod, you must remove this (2x10mm spanners) to allow dissassembly of the
Procedure : Unbolt the link rod at point B.
Unlock the crank pivot
bolt locking nut (13mm - nearside of car end of A).
Remove the Pivot/Bush
retaining bolt (next to locking nut - 13mm).
At this point the whole crank
should be removed in the direction shown below by waggling it out :-
Remove the bushes (IF FITTED - IIRC not all cars have them - some
are metal on metal - use your imagination)
Clean everything and apply a high
temp anti-seize lube (moly grease or copperslip would be fine) and
It is IMPORTANT when reassembling to ensure that the retaining
bolt and locknut are NOT applied too tightly as this will cause the pivot to
I would advise assembling and testing before finally putting the tray
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