Q. I am thinking about buying an automatic 1992 Range Rover Classic. The owner says the kickdown cable came loose, so he reattached it and the gearbox has now lost reverse. The gearbox is also reluctant to climb out of first gear when in drive, and I’m told that this has something to do with the valve block.
Does this sound right or am I being spun a load of rubbish?
Simon Wright, Berkshire
A. The kickdown cable will not affect reverse gear. The valve block being referred to is inside the gearbox, and does control reverse and all other gear changes by hydraulically controlling the brake bands within the gearbox.
It could be that the valve block is clogged with dirt, or is otherwise faulty. It could simply be that the gearbox internal oil filter is blocked.
Either way, before buying, I can’t recommend strongly enough that you get the faults properly diagnosed by an independent automatic gearbox specialist.
This way you’ll avoid any nasty, and expensive, surprises later.