Hi Gary there are lots of misinformation out there the bottom line is that only full synthetic oil is to be used and specified in the boxes as the use of mineral oils reduce the life of the box by half there is also oil plates that are installed in sth Africa as standard guess the heat over there stops the oil circulating over the gears and the oil plates throw it back on the gears I have been told by the guys who rebuild boxes in Aust that there not needed (sound like they like rebuilding the same boxes ching ching ) I think that vw Aust were very ordinary in the way they introduced Australia to the syncro via the Telstra. Deal
They look like they have cut the guts out of it all to make a fat profit hence no locking diffs no oil plates in the boxes and so on then on the other side of the coin the mechanics that serviced & worked on them are not worth a “pinch of shit” not that many mechanics are!!
they put mineral oil in the gear box oil changes They put phosphate glycol (green workshop glycol0 in the cooling system which strips out the alloy in the motor forming alloy plugs in the top of the radiator cores causing over heating that was a 2 in the morning jobby for me after taking it to a VW mechanic to fix the over heating problem that didn’t get fixed with work net day 7 am start !!! the same shit corrodes the head studs, also when they had clutch problems from all the dust they encounter on the dirt roads they changed the clutch plate and ground the flywheel making the distance from the flywheel to the clutch lever fulcrum point further away meaning that the peddle disengaged the clutch at the floor making it hard to change gears stressing the linkages and the gear box .
Think we should stat a class action against vw and the mechanics that worked on them no happy Jan I want to get my vw back on the road but can’t see that these guys in Aust know how to build a box well as they have said nothing to convince me other wise
Ps from my research another factor that makes the boxes fall over early is the lash it needs to be adjusted at interval as the side thrust from the independent rear end wears the bearings which sets the crown wheel on the pinion
Pps im looking to import a box with all the gear on it eg diff lock decoupler unit oil plates fitted good warranty etc etc from OS and think we can get a better deal if we order a few of them am interested in getting a buying group together if any one is keen my mobile is 0412665 113 Peter Hungerford
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