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gear stick movement

jazzza Apr 10, 2013

  1. jazzza

    jazzza New Member

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    hi wonder if anyone can help me ,a have a a4 1.8t on a 56 plate,when my hand is on the gear stick i can feel movement in the stick when i accelerate mostly in lower gear ,is this normal ?
     
  2. steamship

    steamship Active Member

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    I'm not a mechanic, but when I was taking driving lessons some years back, my instructor told me not to rest my hand on the gear stick. Obvious one is that you don't have two hands on the wheel, but the second was that the movement you notice is normal due to the torque from the engine. Someone else will no doubt give you a proper explanation.
     
  3. jazzza

    jazzza New Member

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    thanks for your reply steamship
     
  4. weekenny

    weekenny Active Member

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    The engine will move on its mounts under acceleration, it's attached to the gearbox and in turn the lever. Perfectly normal.
     
  5. duffy78

    duffy78 Member

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    Same here. When I get my clutch done going to ask the mechanic to change the gearbox mount bush.
     
  6. weekenny

    weekenny Active Member

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    Until the movement gets excessive there is no reason to change the mount, they are rubber so you will always get some movement.
     
  7. duffy78

    duffy78 Member

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    I'm at 107k miles though so thought no harm getting it done when the clutch gets done.
     
  8. weekenny

    weekenny Active Member

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    I suppose if the box is off its mount anyway then get it done, but don't expect 0 movement once it's done. There will always be some unless you go for poly mounts and I wouldn't on a road car.
     
  9. steamship

    steamship Active Member

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    134k and there is probably about 1mm of travel under acceleration. Resting your hand on the gear lever for long periods during this short acceleration phase would eventually cause the gearbox mount to wear because you're preventing it from moving properly. Unless it's only going to cost a pound or two to change it, I wouldn't bother.
     

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