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Date registered: Jul 2012
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Great post, my 2006 Vito with 120K miles just developed this fault, adjusted the cables as above and she has been fine all week, not sure how long the fix will last but for now its great not done it once all week. Basically follow the PDF's 4 torx screws holding the lower center console cover, 6 torx screws holding the top one. Then you need to release the gear lever carrier which is held by two lugs at the top and two large T40 Torx at the bottom which are hard to get at and a bit fiddly. Then pull the carrier down and away, the cable you need to adjust is the one furthest away from you (nearest the engine) prise off the ball joint carefully with a large screw driver, then slide the white plastic cover on the end of the cable towards the ball joint, this will enable you too push a collett that clamps the cable out sideways, this is underneath the cover you have slide out the way above, the cable is now free to move up and down, you need to make it longer I made mine about 4mm longer, then push the collet back in to lock the cable in its new position and slide the cover back down to lock it all in place. It would be useful to note the original cable length in case you need to reset it later.
Check you can still select all gears especially 2,4 & 6 as these will now be slightly lower than before. Put the two big T40 screws back in and take for a test drive before putting it all back together as you may need some fine tuning.
No special tools required only difficult bit is getting those two big T40 screws out they are tight and stiff
If your van develops this fault I would adjust the linkage straight away as if it keeps popping out it wears the selectors inside the box, if this happens then adjusting the cables wont help.
My mates van had been popping out of first for 6 months I adjusted his cables straight after the success with mine and sadly made no differnce to his van at all. Mine had only popped out a handful of times before I adjusted it.
There was mention of Syncro rings above cant see how this would cause it to come out of gear that fault would cause problems engaging the gear in the first instance and crunching noises engaging gear. It is normally second and third that have syncro wear not first, but hey I am no mechanic so could be wrong on this one