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VW Golf gearbox repair

VW Golf Gearbox Repair

This week seems to have been Volkswagen Golf week at the Stephens Engineering workshop as we have been busy with a number of  VW Golf gearbox repair for our customers.

Most of the VW Golf later models have the six or seven speed automatic transmission with a direct sequential/shift gearbox. The VW Golf DSG automatic transmission unit is an exceptional gearbox set, providing the driver with an impressive speed of gear change which is almost instantaneous, similar to a Formula 1 race car. The functionality and performance of the VW Golf DSG automatic transmission gearbox is particularly impressive and in no small part due to Golf automatic transmission unit selecting the next gear in advance of the driver’s change of gear.

The VW Golf with the DSG gearbox utilises a manual gearbox which has been adapted for fast gear shifting by computer and incorporating a dual clutch. A few years ago, parts for the Golf DSG transmission were difficult to source and obtain, requiring the replacement of the complete transmission unit. At the Stephens Engineering workshop, VW Golf gearbox repair is now feasible without having to change the whole transmission unit as virtually all the component parts are now available. In addition, within our specialist machine room, specialist parts can be manufactured.

To repair the VW Golf DSG transmission unit requires care and specialist knowledge of the VW DSG transmission unit and also the ability to programme these later VW Golf models. Stephens Engineering have over 50 years experience in the repair of automatic transmission units and have many years experience carrying out VW Golf gearbox repair within their specialist workshop.

With the team at Stephens Engineering, you can buy a VW Golf, secure in the knowledge that your Golf will be repaired by Stephens Engineering by automatic transmission experts as economically as possible.

For VW Golf gearbox repair choose Stephens Engineering, the Ware automatic transmission repair specialists.

2003 CLK Mercedes gearbox repair

2003 CLK Mercedes Gearbox Repair

In the Ware workshop of automatic transmission specialists, Stephens Engineering, a 2003 CLK Mercedes gearbox repair was recently undertaken.

The 2003 Mercedes CLK was brought into the Stephens Engineering workshop with a complaint that the Mercedes CLK had no drive when hot, with reports of a high pitched whine. The Mercedes CLK Class models are susceptible to suffering from water ingress and therefore, a glycol test was carried to ascertain whether water was present within the transmission unit of the Mercedes CLK. The glycol test confirmed the Mercedes CLK radiator had failed by letting glycol and water seep into the transmission unit. When a failure of this type occurs within the Mercedes CLK transmission, all of the components and the torque converter must be replaced.

To achieve the 2003 CLK Mercedes gearbox repair, a new radiator can be fitted to the vehicle. To prevent a re-occurrence of this type of Mercedes transmission failure, a retro separate cooler can be fitted. Prior to refitting the Mercedes CLK transmission, the circuit board was also changed and part of the valve body was updated.

The 2003 CLK Mercedes gearbox repair was tested with a ten mile run during which the 2003 Mercedes CLK now performed as new.

 

Volvo XC90 Gearbox Repair

Volvo XC90 Gearbox Repair

The Ware automatic gearbox specialists, Stephens Engineering, recently carried out 2006 Volvo XC90 gearbox repair.

The 2006 Volvo XC90 is a popular four wheel drive automatic and unlike the earlier XC90 vehicles, the 2006 Volvo XC90 has a six speed gearbox. Pre-2006 the Volvo XC90 had a 5 speed gearbox. The 2006 Volvo XC90 gearbox repair was needed as the 2006 XC90 had lost third gear and was slipping through the other forward gears.  The Volvo XC90 was ready for a complete overhaul in the Stephens Engineering workshop as the Volvo had covered a hundred and ten thousand miles. The Volvo XC90 5 speed gearbox and the Volvo XC90 6 speed gearbox are both a very reliable automatic transmission unit.

To carry out the 2006 Volvo XC90 gearbox repair in the Stephens workshop, the Volvo transmission and transfer box was removed and the Volvo XC90 automatic gearbox was dismantled.  All the components within the Volvo’s transmission unit were checked as a result of the vehicle’s mileage and all the clutches and sub-units were replaced.  Both the 2006 Volvo XC90 and the earlier Volvo XC90 5 speed gearbox can suffer from leaks and solenoid failure and so a new valve body assembly was fitted to the 2006 XC90. When either Volvo XC90 model is brought into the workshop, we always fit a new valve body assembly to avoid further damage caused by leaks and failure of the solenoids.  The Volvo XC90 gearboxes work very hard and therefore, the specialist automatic transmission technicians at Stephens Engineering want to ensure the gearbox problems are fully rectified prior to installation.  Prior to the installation of the Volvo XC90 automatic gearbox, the Volvo gearbox oil cooler is hot flushed, for efficient and effective cleaning and finally, the Volvo XC90 torque converter was replaced.

Software updates for the 2006 XC90 were checked and to check the 2006 Volvo XC90 gearbox repair had been carried out successfully, the Volvo XC90 underwent a ten mile run with final checks which confirmed the XC90 gearbox repair had been successful and the Volvo automatic transmission was running well.

Volvo XC90 Gearbox Repair

Chrysler Grand Voyager Gearbox Repair

The Ware based automatic transmission specialists, Stephens Engineering, recently carried out a Chrysler Grand Voyager gearbox repair.

The Chrysler Grand Voyagers was brought into the workshop with complaints from the owner that the Chrysler was “rough” on the gearbox downshifts and a futher complaint that the Grand Voyager was “noisy” in all forward gears.

The Chrysler Grand Voyager was brought into the workshop and the vehicle was scanned for error codes using our state of the art diagnostic equipment. The Chrysler recorded no transmission fault codes during the scan.  As a result, the Chrysler Grand Voyager transmission was removed and dismantled. On thorough examination in the Stephens Engineering workshop, it was obvious to the experienced automatic transmission specialists that the Chrysler gearbox had previously been overhauled before but crucially, several items had been missed during the earlier Chrysler gearbox overhaul.  The examination of the dismantled Chrysler Grand Voyager gearbox revealed two important gearbox bearings were badly pitted and a gear set spline was 90% worn through.

The Chrysler Grand Voyager is a six speed automatic and tolerances are fairly critical.  The Chrysler Grand Voyager transmission unit was thoroughly overhauled in the Stephens Engineering workshop and worn and pitted gearbox bearings were placed, as was the worn gear set spline. In addition to fitting the new gearbox parts, new clutches were also fitted and finally, new seals and solenoids were fitted to the Chrysler gearbox.

The Chrysler Grand Voyager transmission was re-installed and adaptions re-set and the Grand Voyager was subjected to a long road test proved all was well again and the Chrysler Grand Voyager gearbox repair had been been successful.

If you need a Chrysler Grand Voyager gearbox repair, contact the transmission specialists, Stephens Engineering, the automatic gearbox experts.

Volvo XC90 Gearbox Repair

2012 Nissan Micra Gearbox Repair

The automatic gearbox repair specialists at Stephens Engineering carried out a 2012 Nissan Micra gearbox repair in the workshop.

The 2012 Nissan Micra was brought into the Stephens Engineering workshop, the Nissan Micra had lost drive completely. The first thing to do before the 2012 Nissan Micra gearbox repair could be completed was for the transmission unit to be removed and dismantled. Inspection of the Nissan Micra transmission revealed that the inside of the Nissan Micra transmission was  contaminated with a mixture of automatic fluid and antifreeze.  The transmission contamination was traced to the gearbox oil cooler which in the Nissan Micra is located at the bottom of the radiator and when the transmission becomes hot, the solution turns to steam.

For a vehicle gearbox, this is the worst type of transmission contamination as it attacks the bonding of the friction plates in both the gearbox and also the torque converter.  All the damaged and marked components were replaced, the friction plates and solenoids were marked and damaged and subsequently replaced.  The Nissan Micra transmission was re-fitted, complete with a new radiator.  To ensure all contaminants were removed from the transmission unit, all cooler pipes were flushed through with hot fluid.

The Nissan Micra four speed transmission is quite a strong transmission unit however the Micra gearbox function had been compromised by the water. The Nissan Micra underwent a long road test and all was well, confirming that the 2012 Nissan Micra gearbox repair had been successful. In addition, to ensure that the last traces of moisture had been removed, we confirmed to the customer that we would change the fluid after a thousand miles.

For a 2012 Nissan Micra gearbox repair, contact the gearbox specialists at Stephens Engineering.

2013 Mercedes Sprinter Gearbox Repair

2013 Mercedes Sprinter Gearbox Repair

The automatic gearbox specialists, Stephens Engineering, recently carried out a 2013 Mercedes Sprinter gearbox repair.

The 2013 Mercedes Sprinter gearbox is a seven speed automatic gearbox.  The Mercedes Sprinter vehicle are very popular and often the vehicle of choice for delivery companies.  The Mercedes Sprinter van brought into the Stephens Engineering workshop had been used extensively by its supermarket owners and as a result, the vehicle’s mileage was quite high.

When the Mercedes Sprinter was brought into the Stephens Engineering workshop, the 2013 Mercedes Sprinter gearbox had little drive and also burnt transmission fluid. The Mercedes Sprinter gearbox was removed and dismantled in the Stephens Engineering specialist workshop.  The Sprinter van’s main running gear and clutch drums are mainly aluminium construction and as a result, the aluminium gearbox components wear on any friction mated area.

In the Stephens Engineering workshop, the Mercedes Sprinter gearbox required a complete replacement of the gearbox drums and gear sets.  With the Mercedes Sprinter, the electronic control plate and sensors are mounted on the transmission valve body and these components were also carefully inspected.  To complete the 2013 Mercedes Sprinter gearbox repair, the Mercedes  torque converter was also re-manufactured by the Stephens Engineering team, refitted and kept with its original transmission.

After re-fitting the Mercedes Sprinter torque converter and transmission, the gearbox adaption procedures were carried out together with clutch fill times, followed by a long road test to let all the new and repaired components settle in. The road test confirmed that the 2013 Mercedes Sprinter gearbox repair was successful.

For Mercedes Sprinter automatic gearbox repair, contact the automatic gearbox specialists, Stephens Engineering.

Volvo XC90 Gearbox Repair

Jaguar S Type Gearbox Repair

At Stephens Engineering, we have over 50 years experience of dealing with automatic gearbox problems and the automatic gearbox experts at Stephens Engineering recently carried out a Jaguar S type gearbox repair.

Our customer was happy to report that after the Jaguar S type gearbox repair that the Jaguar was now running and performing like new.

If your Jaguar S type is suffering from gearbox problems, call the automatic gearbox specialists at Stephens Engineering. We offer clear and informative advice and will keep you advised as to what work has been undertaken and what work needs to be undertaken to your automatic transmission; we’ll keep you updated throughout your automatic gearbox repair.

For the automatic transmission team at Stephens Engineering, it’s a matter of professional pride to restore the function and performance of your automatic gearbox. It’s gratifying to receive the following comments from one of our customers, “I can not recommend Stephens Engineering and staff highly enough. If you want your auto box dealt with by knowledgeable, friendly and professional people, go to Stephens Engineering.”

If you need a Jaguar S type gearbox repair, contact the automatic gearbox specialists in Ware to book your vehicle in for specialist attention at Stephens Engineering. With over 50 years of automatic gearbox experience, you know you’re in safe and experienced hands when you bring your car to Stephens Engineering.

 

 

 

 

2013 Mercedes Sprinter Gearbox Repair

Automatic Gearbox Repairs in Ware

Stephens Engineering are celebrating their 50th year of automatic gearbox repairs in Ware this year. Stephens Engineering was established in 1968 by Bill Stephens and Bill remains the owner and working proprietor within the workshop.

The automatic transmission specialists, Stephens Engineering, have a wealth of experience gained over 50 years in carrying out automatic gearbox repairs since 1968. Our many years of experience in automatic gearbox repair and fault finding makes Stephens Engineering the automatic choice for automatic transmission fault finding.

Since 1968, we have seen a simply amazing evolution of the automatic gearbox and at Stephens Engineering, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of automatic transmission repair. In our specialist workshop, we repair and rebuild automatic gearboxes. The experienced automatic gearbox repair team work to maintain and repair classic vehicle automatic transmissions. With our wealth of gearbox repair experience, we fault find and repair automatic gearboxes for all makes of motor vehicle from the modern 7 speed automatic gearbox to dual clutch transmissions. Within our specialist automatic gearbox repair workshop, we also are able to manufacture bespoke, precision parts for a complete automatic gearbox repair.

You can rely on our knowledge and experience to keep your vehicle’s automatic gearbox running smoothly. With 50 years experience of automatic gearbox repairs, Stephens Engineering are the automatic choice for your gearbox repair.

 

2013 Mercedes Sprinter Gearbox Repair

Freelander Gearbox Repair

A 2010 Land Rover Freeland was brought into the workshop and the automatic gearbox specialists at Stephens Engineering carried out a Freelander gearbox repair.

The 2010 Freelander was brought into the workshop with the complaint that there was a violent vibration when the Freelander was pulling from rest.  The Freelander was placed on the ramps within the workshop and then the Freelander was checked on the ramp and this revealed that the vibration was in both the transfer box and the Haldex unit on the rear differential. The Haldex differential unit calculates how much drive should be directed to the rear wheels.

After a thorough inspection on the ramp of the Freeland, we concluded that a failure of the Haldex unit had in turn resulted in the Freelander transfer box being damaged.  The Freelander transfer box was stripped down and on stripping down the Freelander transfer box, we found the damage caused to the transfer box to be beyond economical repair.  The damaged Freelander transfer box was replaced  and the Freelander’s Haldex unit was repaired. The Haldex unit sits between the propshaft and the rear differential , appling the torque to the differential when the vehicle is pulling away or when manoeuvring at speed speeds. As a result, in addition, the Freelander propshaft was checked for damage and wear and then refitted.

The fault codes were cleared and the long road test confirmed that the Freelander gearbox repair had been successful and all was well.

VW Golf gearbox repair

Volkswagen Polo Gearbox Repair

The Stephens Engineering team recently carried out a Volkswagen Polo gearbox repair. The 2013 Volkswagen Polo gearbox repair was undertaken in our specialist workshop after this Volkswagen Polo had broken down. The Volkswagen Polo owner was advised that the breakdown was the due to a fault with the Polo’s mechatronic unit.  This had broken down and the customer had been advised it was the mechatronic unit at fault.

Faults within the mechatronic unit are a common problem with Volkswagen vehicles fitted with a D.S.G. automatic gearbox. DSG automatic gearboxes are a combination of a manual transmission with a dual clutch and electronic control unit.

For Volkswagen vehicles with the DSG automatic gearbox, it is essential that prompt action is taken to quickly and accurately diagnose the fault to avoid possibly unnecessary and expensive vehicle repair costs.

Before the Volkswagen Polo gearbox repair started in the workshop, our expert gearbox technicians spent an hour retrieving all the Volkswagen Polo faults using the ODIS diagnostic tool which is the identical system used in main dealerships for VW, Audi, SEAT & Skoda.

The problem with this 2013 Volkswagen Polo DSG gear box was in fact a fault within the gearbox selection and not a problem with the Volkswagen mechatronic unit as initially thought when the Polo broke down. The Volkswagen Polo gearbox was removed and stripped as the ODIS diagnostic had diagnosed that the selectors were faulty. We replaced the Polo’s selectors and then the VW DSG gearbox was re-fitted.  In addition, we also carried a check on the Polo’s clutch whilst the gearbox had been removed and the clutch was noted to still be quite serviceable.

Finally, a complete re-learn procedure was carried out and to confirm that the fault had been correctly identified and repaired, a long road test was undertaken which confirmed all was well and that the Volkswagen Polo gearbox repair had been successful.

Stephens Engineering, automatic transmission specialists for all your automatic gearbox repairs. Book in your vehicle with the automatic gearbox experts at Stephens Engineering.