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159 Reviews

Prestige Services Ltd.

Garage in Guildford, 12 years of experience


15th July 2019
“Andrew was impressive. Very knowledgeable, trustworthy, really helpful and punctual.
Great service provided!!”

JAMES

SEAT Leon • Manual gearbox oil drain & refill

25th July 2018
“Andrew was fantastic. He arrived when he said he would, and checked over the car before he started the cambelt and full service. During his pre work checks he noticed that our clutch and flywheel would need replacing as well as couple of other bits which we were unaware of. He explained how much the unexpected items would cost and after a very honest conversation he suggested cancelling the scheduled work and re-evaluating if it was financially viable to get the work done on such an old car. Andrew could have said nothing and completed the work we’d booked him in for and got paid a full days work, however he’s clearly a very honest and decent mechanic and that behaviour isn’t in his nature. Although Andrew didn’t do any mechanical work for us, I can only review him as a person and I would thoroughly recommend him and will request him as a future mechanic when we require one.
If only all mechanics were as honest as him!!“

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NEIL

Citroen C4 Picasso • Timing belt and Water pump replacement


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10th July 2019
“Requested a gear oil change: good communication, friendly and honest service. Definitely use again.”

STEPHEN

Nissan Qashqai • Manual gearbox oil drain & refill

18th June 2019
“Really helpful and communicative, would definitely use again. Friendly service and good prices.”

DAVID

Citroen C1 • MOT with collection & delivery


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Camerul Ahmed

Garage in London, 7 years of experience


28th May 2019
“Camerul did a great job, I am very happy with the service provided & will be using again in the future.”

LIAM

BMW 4 Series • Manual gearbox oil drain & refill

30th May 2019
“Very professional and able.....quality service friendly and knowledgeable”

MARK

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Carbulance

Garage in Herne Common, 20 years of experience


18th May 2019
“Kevin is obviously an experienced mechanic who provides reliability and good sense in relation to his advice and approach to the task. He was accompanied by two newcomers to the trade and his manner towards them was excellent - explaining clearly what and why he was doing and how to undertake various tasks. He openly pointed out various small problems with my car will can be addresses as and when. I certainly will use his services in the future.“
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ROBERT

Jaguar X-TYPE • Manual gearbox oil drain & refill

11th April 2019
“Kevin was great; he gave good advice and identified the mechanical issue. 10/10”

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Gs Auto Repairs

Mobile mechanic in Wellingborough, 15 years of experience


18th March 2019
“Greg was excellent, turned up on time as promised, soon dealt with the job he was booked for and then diagnosed and advised on further issues which became apparent. He took the time to show me the issues he found (metal filings in my gearbox oil) and advised best way forward. Would definitely recommend to other. Excellent service!“
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MARK

Vauxhall Zafira • Manual gearbox oil drain & refill

12th April 2018
“Greg was very helpful, even though the problem could not be resolved he did further checks for me the next day and called me back straight after. Good customer service”

MICHELLE

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What does Gearbox Fluid do?

The gearbox fluid is a fluid that lubricates the internal components of the gearbox, vital for keeping the internals running smoothly. If your car has an automatic gearbox, the fluid has an extra function in that it is also the fluid powering the hydraulic system, vital for moving the internal parts of the gearbox. Additionally, a steady supply of fluid cools the automatic gearbox.

How do you know there is something wrong with the Gearbox Fluid?

  • When the gearbox's fluid has discoloured.
  • When you have trouble changing gear.
  • When the gearbox temperature light on the car's dashboard is on.
  • When there is a grinding noise coming from the gearbox.

When should you consider a Gearbox Fluid replacement?

Always service the gearbox fluid as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer. Usually, as the gearbox' internal components wear metallic particles and debris contaminate the fluid. It is therefore essential that the fluid is kept in superb condition to ensure the gearbox does not suffer from excessive wear or damage. This should contribute to a prolonged and unproblematic gearbox lifespan.

Should you experience problems prior to the next scheduled service as stipulated by the manufacturer it is important to have the gearbox inspected and, if necessary, have the gearbox fluid replaced.

What happens during a Gearbox Fluid replacement?

  • The mechanic will inspect the fluid.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the fluid.
  • The mechanic will test drive the car and inspect the gearbox.

What happens if I don't replace the gearbox oil?

The gearbox oil protects a variety of moving parts, and these can be damaged if the oil isn’t up to the job. The fluid in your gearbox can become contaminated with other liquids and if you even occasionally change gears roughly, this can deposit tiny pieces of metal shavings into your gearbox oil. These stop it from working as effectively as it should, and shorten the life of your whole gearbox and in the worst case, cause serious damage.

 Can I do a gearbox oil change myself?

Changing the gearbox oil is a job suited to a professional mechanic because it is best done with the car suspended on a hoist. This allows the old oil to be drained out to flow out easily. In addition, you will need a suitable container to collect the used oil and be able to dispose of it in the most environmentally responsible way.

To fully clean and remove the old fluid, the gearbox oil pipes should also be flushed through with a suitable transmission flushing product.

An easy maintenance task you can do on your own is to check the level of your gearbox fluid and you will find instructions for this in your car’s manual.

How common is a gearbox oil change?

Most manufacturers recommend that you change gearbox oil at between 30,000 and 60,000 miles and at regular intervals after that.

If you do a lot of driving in urban areas, where you’re often changing up and down through your gears, you drive your car for a living so the gearbox gets plenty of use, it’s sometimes advisable to change your gearbox oil as often as every 15,000 miles.

What are common gearbox oil brands on the market?

Gearbox oil is made by most of the companies which also manufacture the regular oil which is used in your car’s engine.
You can find it carrying names such as Comma, Shell and Wynn’s, while established motor accessories retailers often also stock own-brand versions.

How to extend the life of your gearbox oil?

Like any kind of greasy substance that you put inside the workings of your car, gearbox oil will lose its effectiveness over time. It can also leak, and if you spot such a problem, you should always get it investigated, and the oil topped up if necessary.

If you change gears gently, you will be giving yourself a good chance of extending the time between two gearbox fluid changes.

Using a more heat resistant synthetic oil can also contribute to a longer timespan.

How much does a Gearbox Fluid Replacement cost?

The cost of a gearbox fluid replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your gearbox fluid replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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Subaru

Parts costs: £227 - £272

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2

£266

£262 - £262

£339 - £339

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £382 - £458

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£453

£442 - £442

£591 - £591

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Recent Gearbox Oil change quotes

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