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Old 16th September 2020, 00:03   #1
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So after what has so far been a very expensive month, currently up to around £1100 on the car at the moment, and not even gone in for the mot yet!

However after getting the car back from the garage that did the clutch, he advised that the gear linkage cables need changing very soon, and he thought they were around £75.

I've had a look on Rimmers, and they list them at over £100 each! DMGRS show a pair at £95 + P&P - https://www.dmgrs.co.uk/products/rov...0021-uls000031
or there are some pairs on eBay for £65 incl P&P - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rover75-M...IAAOSwuRtdjSzO

Has anyone any experience of any of these, are any of them ones to especially avoid or are the cheap ones ok?

Sounds like an awkward job, but not sure I can afford to send it to a garage again, its wiped me out the last few months. In fact I wish I hadn't totted it up in my head while making this post, this years total stands at over £1500...

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Old 16th September 2020, 08:30   #2
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you could be 1 repair from a faultless car

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Old 16th September 2020, 09:08   #3
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Why do the garage think the cables need replacing?
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Old 16th September 2020, 09:12   #4
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Why do the garage think the cables need replacing?
Because they can get damaged when removing the gearbox ... I had exactly the same advice when my clutch was replaced earlier this year and ended up broken down in the contraflow in the M6 roadworks.

I fitted these:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROVER-75-...0/281634129215

Took me about 2 hours on the drive to change them, hardest part was removing the gear knob that a previous owner had glued on.

Car has been perfect ever since.
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Old 16th September 2020, 23:53   #5
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you could be 1 repair from a faultless car

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Nice way of looking at it, but I know of at least 2 other things coming up very soon...

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Why do the garage think the cables need replacing?
Without having seen it I canít really say, Iíd assume that they consider them worn to point of needing replacing. If they are damaged, Iíve no idea of if they damaged them, or the person who did the clutch years ago, damaged them and the theyíve worn.

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Because they can get damaged when removing the gearbox ... I had exactly the same advice when my clutch was replaced earlier this year and ended up broken down in the contraflow in the M6 roadworks.

I fitted these:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROVER-75-...0/281634129215

Took me about 2 hours on the drive to change them, hardest part was removing the gear knob that a previous owner had glued on.

Car has been perfect ever since.
Thanks, Iíll get a pair ordered. The garage said something about having to drop the exhaust a bit to get access to the gear stick end of the cables. Did you have to do that? The gearknob will be tricky, it pulled off when I put it in reverse years ago, so was packed out with a bit of paper and itís not on there solid...
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Old 17th September 2020, 00:10   #6
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You might have the wrong knob fitted Derrick
I know one doesnt fit the other properly.

When I had my clutch changed on the derv Chris said I should think about replacing the cables as the joints were quite worn.
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Because they can get damaged when removing the gearbox ... I had exactly the same advice when my clutch was replaced earlier this year and ended up broken down in the contraflow in the M6 roadworks.

I fitted these:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROVER-75-...0/281634129215

Took me about 2 hours on the drive to change them, hardest part was removing the gear knob that a previous owner had glued on.

Car has been perfect ever since.

Do you mean the cables themselves or the cable ends where they connect to the gearbox? I've found them to be easily disconnected and reconnected without damage when replacing the clutch, but I suppose anything can get damaged depending on how you go about it.
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Do you mean the cables themselves or the cable ends where they connect to the gearbox? I've found them to be easily disconnected and reconnected without damage when replacing the clutch, but I suppose anything can get damaged depending on how you go about it.
The cable ends.. I didn't have a problem, but the mechanic who did my clutch obviously did as both ends were broken on the gearbox end.
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I bought some of these a couple of years back. I cannot remember how I confirmed their suitability, apart from fitting them and it worked.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gearbox-G.../202676077064?

Clearly it was a lot cheaper and easier to fit.
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I bought some of these a couple of years back. I cannot remember how I confirmed their suitability, apart from fitting them and it worked.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gearbox-G.../202676077064?

Clearly it was a lot cheaper and easier to fit.
I have fitted some of these in the past, they work brilliantly.
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