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Transmission gear starting point

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I am replacing the cables and red ball ends on my 1998 Boxster. The main gear "jumped" out of sequence and I would like to know which position the gear should be set. I understand how to set the V-lever based on the marks on the outer housing, but I am talking about the C-shaped main gear in the transmission.



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Hello Chris,

I'm no expert, but, I'm going thru this same thing myself right now. Since the lever can only go on 2 ways, you may be able to see how it was originally orientated by looking at the surface of the lever that contact the gear. The gear itself has a groove on it's face. You may be able to see the outline of where the groove was sitting on the lever. Mount it that way, then rotate the gear so that the lever aligns with the witness marks on the case.

Hope this helps,


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  • 3 weeks later...

I just fixed my convertible cables and was worried about it too. After looking and thinking and a few smokes I realized it doesn't realy matter

how you put the gear in! The only thing is the teeth need to be in contact with the other gears!

I kinda middled it and then put the lever on. Alligned the lever with the marks on the housing and it was fine.

Thenn the gear will be in the right spot. As stated in the previos post. You might see a little mark on the lever and a groove on the gear.

Just make sure if you test it that the clamshell is attached to the lever. Otherwise the switch doesn't work and the gear will run out of teeth,

the you have to start from the beginning

Hope that helps a bit!

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