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well my diff went on my car a few weeks ago, and ive got a mate who is a good mobile mechanic, and he certainly knows his stuff.............

my question is he is worried that the gearbox is too big and heavy to change over in my garage on his own.....

has anybody done this thereself or got any good help/tips for him to make the job easier and better for all or am i better of getting it to a specialist

many thanks
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You need to remove the subframe and the rear manifold to get it out, clutch is a pull type and the release bearing should be refitted to the box NOT the clutch.
 

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I have a GTA bell housing in my shed if you want it? I presume yours has a hole in it?

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Time for a Q2 as well methinks............

the gearbox is heavy but not impossible with 2 people and a good set of axle stands!
 

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You need to remove the subframe and the rear manifold to get it out
no you don't, that's just creating work for yourself ;)

Starter bolts can be a little irritating, but are doable with manifold in place, and he'll need a belt up spanner to do the top starter bolt.

Biggest tip i can give is to remove the PSF cooler, so easy to damage it when you're moving around down there, and easy to bend pipes too, which can cause all manour of nasty noises and funny feeling steering if they flatten off.
 

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Forgot to mention, AforAlfa swaped my gearbox for me:lol:
Good rates too. I didn't have to break a sweat.........
 

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I think even if I skinted myself in the process I would take it to a Specialist :) for all the bloody knuckles, sweat and tears I don't think it is worth it.

What mileage had yours done when the diff went Scotty?
 
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no you don't, that's just creating work for yourself ;)

Starter bolts can be a little irritating, but are doable with manifold in place, and he'll need a belt up spanner to do the top starter bolt.

Biggest tip i can give is to remove the PSF cooler, so easy to damage it when you're moving around down there, and easy to bend pipes too, which can cause all manour of nasty noises and funny feeling steering if they flatten off.

What's a belt up spanner?:confused:

Do you mean you can get it out with the subframe in place too or just the exhaust manifold? Is access to the starter better on a CF3 motor? Can't remember - I've always taken the manifold off as I thought it was easier. But you're right, I should have said that rather than saying it necessary.
 

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Hi Scotty,

That is rotten luck mate,you have not had it long have you?

I recently changed my Diff for a Q2 at 70k. An Alfa specialist who is a mate of mine did it for me and i can tell you it is not straightforward .
Another problem is you wont know what damage has been done to the gearbox itself.

It may seem like a lot of money but i think your best bet would be to trailer it to somewhere like Autolusso where they will exchange the box for a Q2 fitted box and will do you a deal on replacing your front wishbones, ARB, and droplinks as at 72 k if they are not already knocking they soon will be. The actual suspension parts are quite cheap and a lot of the labour will be in stripping down and dropping the subframe then putting it all back again. And that will all have to be done to replace the box.

I am not touting for Autolusso here but you should give them a ring and see what they can do as they do this exact thing day in day out and will most probably give you the best deal that you will find and it will be done correctly and they will advise what other stuff to do, in order to make it as economicalas possible

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What's a belt up spanner?:confused:

Do you mean you can get it out with the subframe in place too or just the exhaust manifold? Is access to the starter better on a CF3 motor? Can't remember - I've always taken the manifold off as I thought it was easier. But you're right, I should have said that rather than saying it necessary.
Sorry, bent spanner, mine started out as a 13-14mm swan neck :lol:

I leave both the manifold and the frame in place, saves time and effort imo and works for me, but everyone works differently, and tbh, everyone should work the way they feel comfortable and least in danger of making a f*** up. It is nice n easy to drop the box and put it in with the frame off, i'll tell you that, and is the only way its happening on a 2.4, they are really close :lol:
 
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