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1999 1.9TDi Gearbox Differential Issue - Cheap fix?

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    I'm currently experiencing problems with steering/braking, which my garage tells me is mainly due to the differential bearing in my gearbox on it's way out. The symptoms are very similar to warped brake discs, i.e. wobbling when braking, and also slight wheel wobble at high speed.

    When jacking up the front of the car, and rotating the nearside front wheel by hand, there is a very audible grinding/crunching noise, which seems rather odd.

    So, my question is, is there an affordable solution to replacing this bearing without a specialist charging a fortune for a full gearbox stripdown and rebuild?

    Any advice much appreciated.

    Cheers

    Bob
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    Hi Bob

    what model tdi 90, 110. 115 etc

    if it's a 5 speed i have a spare gearbox in useable condition
    nice and cheap as it's in my way

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    Rick
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    Hey Rick, Thanks for your reply. It's a 5 speed, 1999 model on a V plate. I believe it's a 110. The engine code is AHF. My garage told me that it's fairly important that the gearbox numbers match? Apparently they are not all compatible. Maybe you can shed some light on this? Sounds like you know your stuff :) Do you know the mileage on your box?

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    Hi Bob

    The gearbox i have is off a 2002 Skoda Octavia ASV engined car
    Gearbox is coded EGS and seller listed as 66,000 miles.

    I didn't use it as my problem turned out to not be the Gearbox but was a wheel bearing in the end.

    if yours is EGS it will be fine (look om white sticker in your boot (offside in spare wheel well) three letters will be AHF for your engine then the next 3 letter one should be your gearbox code ---- EGS with luck.
    if you can't find white sticker same as is inside your service book near the front ;)

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    Looks like mine is an EBF :(
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    Hi Bob

    I will need to see what the difference is between the EGS & EBF boxes

    they are both 110 hp so there can't be much
    probably just final drive ratio at a guess
    My EGS has very long ratios which i like with a tuned diesel
    I will have a dig and report back mate

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    Thanks Rick, that's really kind of you.

    Cheers
    Bob
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    Hi Bob

    Just designation thats different
    EGS is interchangable with EBF
    Both ASV & AHF use same block & flywheel clutch & starter motor.
    only the ASV has forged Mahle pistons and oil jets
    the AHF uses cast pistons with no oil jets.

    EGS 'Beetle03'
    1st 34/9 (3.78)
    2nd 33/16 (2.06)
    3rd 31/23 (1.35)
    4th 29/30 (0.967)
    5th 30/39 (0.769)
    3.389 final

    EBF 'Bora01'
    1st 34/9 (3.78)
    2nd 33/16 (2.06)
    3rd 31/23 (1.35)
    4th 29/30 (0.967)
    5th 30/39 (0.769)
    3.389 final

    So you will be fine.
    Where are you based as you have nada in your location :(

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    Rick
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    Hi Mate, i'm in Fareham, near Portsmouth. What price are you looking for?
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    Hi Bob

    Can you get to Ipswich to collect it ?

    if you can you can have it for free (Bargain as i payed £200)
    mainly as it will be an Ar**ache to post :)

    That will make it worth travelling to collect as it will cost you about £40 to get here and back in diesel if your car still works.

    Box is worth nothing to me when it's in my way ;)

    Regards
    Rick
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    Hi Rick, yes that's not a problem. That's extremely kind, I'm sure we can come to some mutual arrangement in some way. I'll talk to my garage to double check its gonna fit. I'm sure you are right though. PM me your details and i'll be in touch later on, I have to shoot out now. Thanks again!

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    You are a good lad Rick, never fault ya, always willing to help out someone with another oil burner, really makes me want my 8L back, boo hoo !!

    Hope ya well?
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    Hi Adam

    Yep i'm fine mate
    How you getting on with that spagetti wagon?
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    this is forums at their best

    :wub:
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    Hi Rick,

    I would imaging we can give this a try, so thank you very much for your kind offer. This kind of thing really does restore your faith in human nature, and as SuperKarl says, this really is forums at their best! When is usually a good time for you in terms of collection?

    Thanks again mate!

    Bob
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    Not a problem

    i have limited space as im a biker too ;)

    laugh my arse off looking in the classifieds with people selling their old exhaust etc
    i dont see the point and im not that tight ;)

    If your up the creek and i have a part you need then you are welcome to it.
    spent many years racing cars and bikes and the club scene is a bit like this.
    if you get stuck someone will help if they can.
    thats how i work.

    Regards
    Rick
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    Hi Rick,

    hate every min of it, its like driving a tin can!!

    Know what ya mean about the race scene its just the way we do things, a friend in need is a friend in deed! Cant fault ya
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