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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:28 pm 

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The overdrive on my 2000 Mk2 saloon started playing up, by switching in and out when turned on.

Firstly I checked the gear knob switch, which had both voltage feed and continuity when turned on. I then suspected low gearbox oil, so changed that for fresh. No change.

I then suspected the 3rd/4th limiter switch, but apart from knowing that it is on the top of the gearbox, was unsure how to check. I removed the leather gaiter and console infill, and followed the twin cable. Low and behold there was a join in one of the wires, so I used my 'twiddle it and see what happens' joint testing technique. Sure enough the wire parted. Quick join repair and all is working well.

I just wonder why a PO had felt the need to break and join the cable though........

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:39 am 
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Location: New Zealand
Glad you found it so easily. P/O's do strange things.
You may now come to New Zealand and find out why mine won't engage when hot. :shock:
Think it's the solenoid O rings. Will find out when I get some new one's.
I understand oversize one's are available. Anyone know?

1976 2500 TC.

Lots of bits

1999 BMW Z3.
1997 BMW 523i.
Hopefully don't need bits !

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