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hi does anyone have experience of getting their sportronic gearbox oil changed/topped up at a garage? i rang my local gearbox 'specialist' today who seemed to fob me off telling me i could do it myself but everything ive read on these boxes says that its a sod to do yourself. its gone pretty jerky and clunking up into 2nd or down into forst and i really want to get it sorted before i knacker it.
 

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also it wont go into sport sequential mode, unless i disconnect and reconnect the battery. then it starts up in sport mode but as soon as i put it into regular auto the gearbox warning light comes on solid and stays on even if i restart the car.
 

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Having mine changed tomorrow!

I'll let you know how it goes.
 

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Aha! You're in Cornwall.

The photo of my Spider (& Embarrassing Gypsy Caravan) was taken in Cornwall (near Hayle).

I lived in Cornwall (Gunnislake) and left when I was 18 (a long time ago) to find work. I found work, but lost Cornwall...
 

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My visit to the specialist has been delayed until Monday.
 

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i've been quoted 70quid by graham eddy motori of penzance to do the diagnostic and full tranny oil change, sounds like a bargain
 

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If I remember rightly its a specialist job, oil needs to be sucked out while running, will see if I can find the thread
 

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Been pondering this myself since getting the car...without removing the box & torque converter it's not possible to fully drain it, so the only way is to do an in-situ rolling replacement by using a large drum of the stuff and breaking into the coolant circuit so the thing replaces it's own oil.

You can do a partial change by simply draining and refilling, but the level check needs to be done at a specific gearbox oil temperature, so diagnostic kit required.

Did think about seeing if NJC can do mine as they are local.

Personally, I'd be very suspcious about anyone claiming they can do it cheaply and without a proper plan to do it. Further complicated by the thing taking some exotic and expensive fluid.
 

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good point, but in my case i'm hoping even a partial tranny oil change will sort out the jerky downchanges and gearbox warning light. Graham Eddy has an excellent reputation i hear, being an Alfa specialist-a rare breed down here- he should have experience of doing the oil change required.
 
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