As some of you may know, I have a problem and I need help.
I do not expect anyone to make a conclusive diagnoses on a forum.
That is not realistic. But some of you may have some ideas of what to look for further.
I cannot get the car into gear. The engine works fine. Put it into first. Release the clutch. Nothing happens. Car remains static, as if I was in neutral. This is the case with all gear combinations, 1-5 and R, and irrespective of where the short stick is at that time.
This what happened:
We did some extreme stuff and the car was under strain. No doubting that. But I had no issues until after we descended from the last koppie. Then the guide decided we need some fun with mud holes and took us on a detour back to camp. Some of those holes were deep (I really need to sort out that timing sensor on my crankshaft pulley). So as expected, at some point, my engine started to stutter and stalled. Alex Botha did not need an invitation to go into reverse to fetch me with his recovery strap. I happily obliged.
The engine was off, but the ignition turned half way.
The subsequent mud holes were even deeper.
Safely got back to camp and waited for the engine to dry out.
After trying to start the engine for a while, the batteries started to get lazy.
So we decided perhaps we should pull the car with another to get the car started (since 3 tonnes is no fun to push), by droping the clutch in second gear.
This is when I realized I have no gears. Dropping the clutch did nothing.
At no point did I hear any funny noises from under neath. No friction or sudden resistance of any kind.
not now, nor at any point in the run-up to losing my gears. And no funny noises now either.
It is as if the short stick is put into Neutral. It does no matter what you do with the long stick. The car remains out of gear.
Except this is the same symptom, whether the short stick is in 2H, 4H or 4L, or N for that matter.
If it was the clutch that went, then it more than likely would have been stuck in one particular gear, rather than neutral, and would more than likely have given up some sound of sorts prior to giving up the ghost.
The other logical explanation is that the transfer case selection linkage (which apparently sits outside the gearbox) is out.
But apparently Graham has checked this and it is not the issue.
What can this be?