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Gearbox change

Question : I HAVE a problem with the automatic transmission of my 10-year-old Peugeot 406 which has clocked 145,000km.

The car is in immaculate condition and well maintained.

Every morning, when I drive the car the transmission gives a loud noise like the vibration of a diaphragm each time the gear changes.

After a short distance and the engine has warmed up, the noise disappears.

The same happens in the evening. But this time the noise is less severe.

the longer the car has laid idle, the more pronounced the noise.

My mechanic said the gearbox has reached the end of its life.

If that's true, I would like to rebuild the gearbox instead of getting one from the junkyard, the condition of which may be uncertain.

What's your advice ?

Answer : I am all for rebuilding the gearbox if the mechanic knows what he is doing and parts are available.

I think you may be having an internal problem but before opening anything try replacing the fluid, clean out the filter and make the necessary band adjustments ( if possible ).

If all this does not work, then you need major surgery and usually a rebuild will sort out your problems.

You are right about junkyards - that is where one gets junk and one never knows the condition of parts from there.


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