Remember the transmission we showed a few weeks ago that imploded partly because of the missing pilot bushing? Here is the cluster gear from that box. I just wanted to show you what improper use can do to the innards of any British car gear boxes.
You’ll notice the missing teeth on the cluster, which is why this particular gearbox stopped the car dead in it’s tracks, as pieces lodged in all the wrong places. Normally, for pieces to come off, you have to beat up the gearbox by shifting too quickly or forcing it into first gear or reverse while the gears are still spinning.
As a general rule of thumb, if your gearbox makes noises or complains, your gear lever movement is not at the right pace or you are putting the lever in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you are having any trouble with this, make sure you get some coaching, so you don’t end up with gears that look like what we have shown here.
I have a video on youtube that might help. This one is about double clutching while down shifting, which is not required, but will improve your proficiency and your clutch and gearbox will thank you: