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Hey Everyone,

I have a 2.0 Twinspark Spider. Woke up on the 13th to be greeted by a small puddle of gearbox oil.....it is dripping from the bell housing and is definitely gearbox oil (Can tell from the smell!!) It's not leaking from the drive shaft seals so I can only assume it is the input shaft seal? If this is the case I'm guessing it is gearbox out and reconditioned. I don't think I can conduct this sort of operation at home, how much do you think it will cost? I will probably have to sell the car or break it if I cant afford it which is a shame as otherwise it is an incredible car. Anyone interested in purchasing it as a project?

Thanks in advance, James.
 

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Love the smell of gearbox oil.

Once helped a friend change his clutch on his Civic... spilled quite a lot of oil on the driveway under the car, and the only way I could get the box back on was to lie under it to raise it up while my friend located it.

That shirt smells like a dirty sauna laced with olbas oil


Sorry, that isn't helpful one bit

To make it helpful: I will fix your gearbox (maybe) AND fit a supercharger for a grand... hows that sound?
 

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James, you can certainly remove the gearbox yourself and replace the input shaft seal. However, in order for the leak to be bad enough to notice like that, I wonder if the input shaft bearing has developed slackness - did you notice any changes in the gearbox noises leading up to the leak, such as a pronounced roaring in 1st and 2nd gears? The input shaft bearing replacement is a gearbox-apart job and fairly complex.

If it hasn't sounded different to normal then I reckon you should remove the gearbox yourself and replace the input shaft bearing seal. Also a good time to replace the clutch unless only a few years old.

-Alex
 

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The gearbox and supercharger option sounds interesting although the (maybe) bit doesn't!

AlexGS - I did notice an increased amplitude of noise especially in first and second, almost like a straight cut gearbox noise and chatter. You have confirmed my worries as I agree for that amount of oil it would suggest a larger issue than just the seal :( I'm reluctant to buy a second hand gearbox and fit it as every job I do to it I like to do fastidiously so using a second hand gearbox ( Unless it has been reconditioned) is not really an option for me.

Seadart - I perform gearbox oil changes every time I do the engine oil (every 7000 miles) and don't think it is possible to overfill as the oil will just come out of the filling hole where the grub screw is usually located.

Thank you all for your help, I really do not want to get rid of it but I simply cannot afford to have a reconditioned gearbox fitted :(
 

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they can be overfilled if you just jack one side of the car up.. i.e. not level.. the static oil level is usually just below the oil seal on most boxes..

but I think you're going to have to pull the gearbox off.. or just keep topping it up..

gearbox oil changes every 7000 may be a tad excessive.. what's the clutch like??..
 

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I would just chuck a used gearbox on there, will serve you well for many thousands of miles, and quite low risk of getting a 2nd buggered one.

Lighten the flywheel while your at it and fit a sporty clutch and it'll feel great when it's all back together!
 

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I had to replace the busted clutch on my GTV before Christmas and I got all sorts for stupid quotes from garages. I finally found a Gearbox specialist that charged me £250 for the total job. My advise is to stay away from normal garages and find yourself a local gearbox specialist and you will be surprised at how cheap you can have this work done. The mechanic said it was really easy to do on my TS GTV and he didnt have to remove any sub frame when removing the gearbox. I too was thinking about scrapping and I am so pleased I didnt.

Your not close to me otherwise I would point you at the people that did my car. They werent nasty about Alfa's at all which was very refreshing :thumbs:
 

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I have managed to source a gearbox with 70K on it, my cheapest quote for fitting it including a new clutch is £340.

Seems like a fair price to me, what do you guys think?
 

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I have decided to leave it in the expert hands of Autolusso, really wanted an Alfa specialist to do it so I can have peace of mind that it has been done by people who know what they are doing.

Cannot recommend them enough so far, Ned has been a huge help and even lent me a 156 courtesy car!

She will be back on the road tomorrow with a new box and clutch, and for sale shortly after that. The calling of a V6 GTV is just too much!

Thanks for all your advice
 

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With the gearbox, yes, but experience of doing hundreds of gearbox changes on an Alfa Romeo, no. They didn't provide a warranty for the box neither so it was a no brainer for me :)
 
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