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a few weeks back my 2004, 65k T5 had the front wishbones replaced. I've been on holiday for a couple of weeks since and its been sat on my drive. I drove ten miles when I got back and noticed a whining noise when decelerating whilst in gear. next the flywheel has gone...

flywheel and clutch was only 18months and 10000 miles old. Now it needs replacing

when I got it to the garage they've discovered a gearbox oil leak at the passenger driveshaft and its lost all its gearbox oil. now the gearbox has been sent off to a specialist to be checked over.

you technical experts, would they have had the driveshaft out or anything when they did the wishbones? might they have caused this?

its sort of irrelevant cause they wont accept it either way I'm sure but I wish I knew....

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gets worse. Ive been notified gears fried and i need either a new gear set if thats possible, or a new box...

think i'll have to sell it to recover the cost tbh.
 

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the garage wouldn't have removed the shaft that goes into the gearbox even if they did remove the driveshaft to remove the wishbones, it stays in the box on vw's both sides are bolted into the diff housing so not the garages fault, I worked for vw for 8 years so know them well and I've owned a t4 t5 and a t5.1
 

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thanks for the info. it's a t28 2004 1.9 5 speed manual. gearbox specialist that currently has the box says they can't get the parts and are looking for second hand box to use for parts. I'm a bit lost as to what to do...anyone recommend a t5 specialist?
 

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thanks for the info. it's a t28 2004 1.9 5 speed manual. gearbox specialist that currently has the box says they can't get the parts and are looking for second hand box to use for parts. I'm a bit lost as to what to do...anyone recommend a t5 specialist?
If you are going to keep the van a while a new box from TPS may be the way to go but they are not cheap.

A few guys have had issues with recons so went down the new route in the end.
 

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Full gearbox build by a local to me specialist is around £1000,
The wishbones do not require the driveshafts to be removed as have plenty of room to get to all the bolts easily.

Sounds more like a weeping diff seal which has caused the gearbox to go dry, as for clutch and flywheel, completely unrelated again as the oil would have gone external if dif seal rather than internal of the bell housing.
 
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