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leon1
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:59 am  Reply with quoteBack to top

As title any recommendations on a company for gearbox rebuild.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:09 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Jockthedog on here has turned his hand to these. Give him a shout.

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jockthedog
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I can't really offer anything as I've only done one of these (assuming your talking a ZF5 auto box) and it's not been put back in a car yet.
Unless you want to be a guinea pig for it?

First Q is what is the problem you are having?
Could be that you just need the valve body rebuilt, which I can't do.
That can come out of the box while it's still in the car.

Check the yelllow pages/interweb where you live for a ZF specialist, who will be able to do the VB, for maybe 500 quid? That's what I paid a place in Glasgow.

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leon1
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

It's basically slipping, then when it does grab it comes with an almighty thud ahah. It also whines in 1st gear. Computer showing wrong input speed.

I've had the oil and filter change, made no difference.

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jockthedog
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

very possible that will be fixed with a VB rebuild, although the whine also suggests a bearing somewhere.
Once these things start thudding into gears, that starts to damage the clutch packs and cylinders in the box.

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leon1
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:33 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Huuum. Think it needs fully rebuilt to be honest. What would be a rough estimate for a rebuild?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Mackies in Glasgow are a ZF specialist and have very good reputation. I used Midland Automatic Transmissions in Kettering for my box service and oil leak which were also very good.

I guess Glasgow is nearer for you though!  

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IanH755
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:53 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

If you're dropping the engine/GB yourself or at a local garage then I'd send the box to either Chester Autos (1500) or talk to ZF direct at their Nottingham Workshop and see what they charge (no idea).

If you want everything doing in one go then I'd consider Unit20 near down near Ellesmere Port as they also use Chester Auto's but can do the engine drop and any extra works at the same time (3500 minimum).

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

If Jockthedog can do it, I can recommend his services. He refurbished my B5 RS4 box and I've had no problems after nearly two years. He also kept me well up to date on progress and his findings when refurbing it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:12 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

No offence to jockthedog, but as great as his personal project and forum write up is, surely we cannot seriously recommend a non-trading individual who has done part of the job once only as the solution to this enquiry!?

I am glad there are some more appropriate responses.
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HPsauce
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

As you are in Cumbria I would definitely start with Mackies in Glasgow. Highly regarded in the A8/S8 community.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

My response is entirely appropriate. My response said IF he can do it. The OP has the right to listen to all recommendations and weigh up what route he wishes to go down. The OP can consider cost of different parties, risk associated to those parties, cost/benefit compared to value of his current car etc etc.. and then choose himself
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leon1
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:49 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The swap will be done by a local garage also friend of the family. I'm open to all options. I'll give the guys from Glasgow a ring.

Thanks guys

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Here: http://www.mackie-transmission.com/

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

http://www.automaticgearbox.biz/

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