Is this going to be a massive job going forward from here or am I best getting my gearbox out and just taking it to a gearbox specialist. Reading what your saying makes complete sense and totally agree. I will be cancelling the TCU job in the morning.Here's a link to one I did...
I'm really enjoying Alex's occasional series of pictures from his workshop. I don't generally do this sort of thing, as I'm rubbish with a camera and rarely get the time. I thought though that you might like to see what I have mostly been doing today... Another little garage local to me had...forums.mercedesclub.org.uk
Do you think a second hand box would be an easier fix for me to do as a scrap yard not far from me have 3 boxes for around £300 each with 3 month warranty. Although they do seam a bargain. What's a new oil pump going to run me?It probably isn’t something to take on yourself unless you are brave. The gearbox is quite heavy, but not beyond the realms of removing yourself if you have an extra pair of hands. It’s a shame you aren’t closer to me
A ring round with a description of what you want done should find somewhere that knows what they are doing.
And last question. If I trailer the car to a gearbox specialist what do you think the cost would be for them to sort it out at around £50ish an hour?You’ll need exactly matching numbers or the ratios will be different. If the ratios are wrong it’ll be in limp permanently. You’ll also need to put your electroplate in it, because coding. A bit of a minefield. I’d fix the one you have.
Jobsworth just read your whole post that you linked in and it sounds exactly how I put the engine back onto the gearbox with an 8mm gap between the bell housing and engine thinking it was the dowels. Just wondering if I can phone in sick!I’d struggle to do the whole job in a day. Probably 8-10 hours all told. I work on my own though. Extra pair of hands, might turn it round in a day. Tight though. I don’t like to rush with jobs like this. Everything has to be cleaned. Don’t want to be doing it twice.
Yes I pulled the torque converter with the engine. Ive got you now. Just looked back at the pictures when i had the engine out.Can’t quite get from your description there if you pulled the engine out with the torque converter still attached to the engine? You should remove the six bolts that hold the torque converter to the flexplate and leave the converter in the gearbox bellhousing. The torque converter nose has two little cutouts that go straight onto the oil pump drive. It’s about 8mm deep. An 8mm gap means they weren’t engaged.
Oh dear. Big mistake. Sorry.Yes I pulled the torque converter with the engine. Ive got you now. Just looked back at the pictures when i had the engine out.
Cant you move to North Wales Jobsworth? Its a lovely place. Honest Just for 8 to 10 hours?Oh dear. Big mistake. Sorry.
If you remove the TC from the gearbox, the only way to get it back in correctly is to stand the gearbox vertically on it’s tail and gently lower the TC into place over the splines. You need to jiggle it ever so slightly to feel the oil pump dogs and get them engaged. I have a bent bit of steel scrap thet I then bolt to a lower bellhousing hole to keep it held in.