Why is the rum gone?
Join Date: May 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
TBH I don;t know specifically what was changed.
But it was definatly bearings as I took the cover off to take photos before it went into the gearbox place. They were in millions of pieces mostly stuck to the huge magnet in the gearbox.
I thought that they had changed the 5th and 6th gear cogs, but apparently when I had it fixed for the second time the 5th and 6th cogs had teeth missing so maybe they wern't replaced first time round?
If your box is just noisy then I would guess you could get away with just a bearing replacment, the first time round mine collapsed so much that the car would not move forward or backward under it's own steam, after I stopped at the roadside the box was so clogged up with bits of bearing/teeth that it was almost locked solid. the second time it was so noisy I was scared the same thing would happen, so I didn;t drive it much before getting it into the workshop.
I think the lesson to be learned from my experience is not to cut corners with the repair, and don't ignore it in the first place, If your box is noisy and is displaying the 'classic' symptoms of impending failure then get something done about it (at the very least get an experienced mechanic to look at it) If you have to pay £500 to get it fixed before it fails completely then you have just saved well over a grand on waiting until it fails totally.
I accept that my opinions are based entirely on my own recent experience, there are probably loads of people who think I'm being alarmist and over cautious, I certanly wouldn;t have paid much attention to anyone else that was telling me to spend £500 now instead of much more in 6 months, at the end of the day there are millions of cars out there that never have a moments problems with gearbox failure. In my case I was unlucky, then I tried to cut corners and it bit me hard on the arse. Thats life I guess.