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Typical! Just as I was planning a nice weekend of fishing, the gearbox on my Landy decides to quit. So instead of spending a couple of days relaxing on the boat, I am going to be spending 5 hours lying on my back, getting soaking wet removing the box, getting back ache lugging the thing into my garage and onto my bench for the rebuild, 4 hours in my cold, draughty garage rebuilding it, more back ache dragging it back to the landy, followed by another 5 hours refitting it. Why can't these thing happen when it's warm & dry? :angry:

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The joys of owning a Land Rover. I used to get stuck into things like that!

 

I recently sold my SIII 88" County, because it needed too much work to put it back on the road.

 

I may well have to sell my S2A 109" Safari because I'm too busy doing other things and enjoying myself. :)

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Depending on how you value your time, is having a garage do the lot possible.

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Depending on how you value your time, is having a garage do the lot possible.

Err no. Most local garages employ fitters not mechanics. They will replace the box, but they won't rebuild one, they don't know how to. Recon box costs £450, plus 8-10 hours labour at £30+vat per hour. I can send it to a transmission specialist, but they will be even more expensive and turnaround time is 2 weeks.

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Err no. Most local garages employ fitters not mechanics. They will replace the box, but they won't rebuild one, they don't know how to. Recon box costs £450, plus 8-10 hours labour at £30+vat per hour. I can send it to a transmission specialist, but they will be even more expensive and turnaround time is 2 weeks.

Where do you find a garage that only charges £30 + Vat?

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The auto box on me Ford has been threatening too throw its hands in for 2 years now, has a major issue when changing up into 3rd under load, its fine if i nurse it through change ie let of throttle and its fine .

 

Done 20+ trips with caravan and still going .

 

Recon box is £2600 !!!! will carry on nursing it and change transmission oil to.

 

Ste

. ....One life, Don't waste it fixing LandRovers .

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Where do you find a garage that only charges £30 + Vat?

Not 30, but my local wizard charges 40! He's forgotten more than most mechanics could ever know. Landy whiz too. Had my old defender done there. New box, 1. 2 transfer, LSD fitted front and back etc. new wheel bearings the list went on. 1 day needed to fit, fix or replace. Great guy

Power unit at front all the time, Van behind (hopefully) some of the time unless I'm reversing then it's all the other way round . .... Or is it?

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Typical! Just as I was planning a nice weekend of fishing, the gearbox on my Landy decides to quit. So instead of spending a couple of days relaxing on the boat, I am going to be spending 5 hours lying on my back, getting soaking wet removing the box, getting back ache lugging the thing into my garage and onto my bench for the rebuild, 4 hours in my cold, draughty garage rebuilding it, more back ache dragging it back to the landy, followed by another 5 hours refitting it. Why can't these thing happen when it's warm & dry? :angry:

When its warm/hot & dry you want to be doing other things -- not sweating on your back with a box on your stomach !

its a no winner.

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Hi Martin,

It's about this time where your at that most Land Rover owners wish they had bought a Jeep you know. ...

Runs away putting my flak jacket and tin hat on. ...

Good luck with the rebuild been there done that then bought a proper 4X4. ...LOL ;-)

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Blew the torque converter in my auto box a couple of years ago - £1200. :(

new clutch last year, which also means new torque converter again £1500 :angry:

gear box not changing gear properly last week so back to shop. All sorted in couple of hours £0 :)

I refer you to the Rt Hon Member for the 19th Century.....................pictured just to the left of your screen..................

 

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Not 30, but my local wizard charges 40! He's forgotten more than most mechanics could ever know. Landy whiz too. Had my old defender done there. New box, 1. 2 transfer, LSD fitted front and back etc. new wheel bearings the list went on. 1 day needed to fit, fix or replace. Great guy

If he can make a living in St Albans charging only £40 an hour, I would not call him a wizard, more like a miracle worker. The rates on business properties alone are extortionate.

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If he can make a living in St Albans charging only £40 an hour, I would not call him a wizard, more like a miracle worker. The rates on business properties alone are extortionate.

couple of garages i use in south east London / kent charge £45 an hour. they're the cheapest i've found. Good places too with proper mechanics.

I refer you to the Rt Hon Member for the 19th Century.....................pictured just to the left of your screen..................

 

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Hi Martin,

It's about this time where your at that most Land Rover owners wish they had bought a Jeep you know. ...

Runs away putting my flak jacket and tin hat on. ...

Good luck with the rebuild been there done that then bought a proper 4X4. ...LOL ;-)

You mean one of those one that are well known for their regular rear diff failures, or steering boxes breaking away from their mounts. Until Jeep can come up with a vehicle that can match a Defenders all round capabilities, I will stick with my 26 year old Landy. :P

Is your Defender a high miler then ??

malc

Not really, only 185'000 miles. I think the problem started with a broken gearbox breather pipe. This allowed muddy, silty water into the box contaminating the oil after one of it's frequent dunkings, causing the layshaft bearing to fail and snapping the layshaft.

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Blew the torque converter in my auto box a couple of years ago - £1200. :(

new clutch last year, which also means new torque converter again £1500 :angry:

gear box not changing gear properly last week so back to shop. All sorted in couple of hours £0 :)

 

I feel for you Woodie. I had a Vauxhall Signum 3. 0 V6 CDTi auto. Sounded like a smooth petrol & pulled like a train until the auto box started "snatching" on gear changes. New fluid - no change. Investigation & repair potentially running in to thousands so time to part company. I still miss her, she was good puller. .. of caravans!! :)

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I feel for you Woodie. I had a Vauxhall Signum 3. 0 V6 CDTi auto. Sounded like a smooth petrol & pulled like a train until the auto box started "snatching" on gear changes. New fluid - no change. Investigation & repair potentially running in to thousands so time to part company. I still miss her, she was good puller. .. of caravans!! :)

I had this 'snatching' thing on a Mitsubishi Galant auto once and it eventually would start to drop out of drive completely. I took it to an auto gearbox specialist repairers in Blackpool and they changed two 'brake bands' and did the usual service items for around £400. In my experience it usually only main dealers that these things run into thousands!

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Fixed it! Went much easier than expected. Fault was as expected. Broken gearbox breather allowing muddy water into gearbox, destroying the bearings. 5 hours to remove box, 3 hours to strip & rebuild, refitting tomorrow. Total cost, £130 :D

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