November 22nd, 2015

Alfa MiTo

That's not the gear I wanted

Well, the gearbox in my Alfa definitely doesn't like the recent cold weather - it's always been a bit stubborn selecting 1st and 2nd for the first few minutes of driving, but normally not this crotchety...

> 1st gear
Erm... nope!
> 1st gear
Erm... nope!
> 1st gear
Done!
> Move off
Grumble, grumble, judder, grumble
> Er, what gear am I in?
3rd!
> Huh?


> 1st gear
Done!
> Move off
Vroom vroom!
> 2nd gear
Done!
> Accelerate
VROOOOOM! *hit 5k rpm without actually accelerating*
> WTF?
> What gear am I in?
Neutral!
> 2nd gear damnit!
Done!
> Accelerate
Vroom vroom!


Fortunately it's a lot better behaved once the engine's started to warm up - being front wheel drive the engine and gearbox are bolted together and so it doesn't take long for the gearbox to loosen up.
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