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The brass rings of the second gear synchromesh is known to be an area prone to wearing and failing, the part is not that expensive at £70 but it is then the job of removing the transaxle and stripping, rebuilding etc.

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I would say that in my experience that Andy is spot on the money,be very as you carefull dont want to screw things up even more by having bits of schrapnel flying around... Forget clutch adjustment ,ask yourself this,if its ok in other gears why would it suddenly fail just in 2nd gear? ,get the box out and stripped and new part fitted before it really bites you !

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Had a couple of quotes for a garage to repair

One reckoned 16 hours work £1100.00 and that was without parts

The other 5 hours work with parts charged to me at cost,£2000.00 all in

Both of these are Lotus dealers

So now gone down the recon box route from SWL,not yet got it but should be with me next week :thumbsup: and with a bit of luck fitted at the weekend :shuriken:

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Dunno mate,as above I got to quotes to repair the old box,but the prices all seem to be hit and miss,mattey's price was a all in price to repair and labour.

The recon box I've just brought from South West Lotus centre was for £1200.00,and its really is not that bad a job to do and it dont take that long,well as long as you can get the oil fill plug out, just make sure you can get the plug out b4 you start and that its not ALREADY got rounded edges when you get it,or tell the place you get it from to check b4 you get. :shuriken:

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Are there any good sources on how to remove the gearbox? My brother used to work at Reanult and reckons he knows his way around the gearbox and can strip and repair, would save a whole load of his time if I could get the box out following the trail of someone who's done it before.

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The simplest way to remove it is one that initially seems counter-intuitive, remove the engine and gearbox as one, then split them apart. While it is possible to remove one without the other it tends to be the less time consuming way if they come out and go in as one.

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Wow really! Was kinda hoping for remove boot floor, split box from engine via x'n'y, pop out drive shafts and some kinda magic that involved gear box being easy to slip out :s hmmm thinking I may just take it along to my local specialist....have spent 8k or so since Aug (abs pump, full recon bottom end and clutch) another 2k, will make it a not so nice 10k ... surely that is it now .... my previous car, 3.0 GTV almost seems like a reliable little runner in comparison lol :blink:

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Ah, but Andy's done that so many times he can do it asleep!

I'd always do the gearbox with the engine insitu. Helps to have a second person to lift it away, but there's plenty of room. In fact if the car's high enough, it'll slip out underneath.

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We took mine out in about 4 hours if I remember right, gearbox on it's own.

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Yep mine took 4 hours ish,just as you said mate take the floor out and have a look around and you can see what needs to come out,we jacked mine up and took it out from underneth but as someone else has said above you will need two people cos its bloody heavy on your own :shuriken:

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Ah, but Andy's done that so many times he can do it asleep!

I'd always do the gearbox with the engine insitu. Helps to have a second person to lift it away, but there's plenty of room. In fact if the car's high enough, it'll slip out underneath.

And you've had the same gearbox in and out so many times you really needed to call it your life partner.

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Had you upgraded your forum account, you'd have got a discount with them! :)

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Bloody hell! :realmad:

Left Fareham at 7am heading to SWL, at about 8:30 just outside Dorchester ... rear view mirror full of what looked like smoke. Opened engine bay, coolant everywhere... looks like a water hose or knowing my luck something more expensive :s Anyway plans for syncro on hold till we see whats happened :( .... car now being looked at by my localish specialist .... Sportomotive Salisbury :(

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