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Hello,

I've just purchased a 06 plate Transporter 1.9TDi T5 Camper (4 Berth New Convertion) it's a lovely van, very good looking with all the trimmings, I've just had my first trip to Cornwall over the bank holiday weekend so am just finding my feet with the van. Now I've driven it just over 700 miles since buying it I've just started to notice that there is a whirring noise when I'm going through the gears. I can't say i noticed it before but i usually have the stero on so maybe it's always been there i don't know.

I had the AA inspect and road test the van before i brought it and the report was all good with no issues. The noise is there through 1st 2nd 3rd 4th and it's very faint in 5th only when under load. I'm hoping that i have not been stitiched up with a dodgy gearbox as i paid a lot of money for this van and wouldn't expect to have any problems after so little miles. The van has done 108K which is not excessive and it's in very good condition all round.

Could anybody shine any light on what this noise could be? I don't want to take it to the garage at this stage as i would like to get some idea's first. It's not really loud but it's noticable, it just doesn't sound right!

Any advice would be greatfully received.

Thanks for your time.

Carl
 

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Hi,

Get the gearbox oil level checked, sound obvious but often overlooked.

Might pay to have the gear oil changed to see if it improves, once drained the old oil will be a good indicator if any of the bearings are worn.

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Is this something i can do myself? If it is any idea how much oil goes in a T5 1.9TDi gearbox?

I cant find any infor on how to do it myself online...
 

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Funnily enough mine does the same - and has done since I've had it. I've done over 40k in it now and it's no worse (possibly slightly better) and I've got to the point where I hardly notice it now. Please post here if changing the oil makes any difference or if you discover any other cause!
 

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I had a whine from my gearbox but only in 4th and 5th and louder at certain speeds, found it to be a collapsed pinion shaft bearing that knocked 4th and 5th syncro outI: Ours had done 60k then:( Vw gearboxes are not there strong point so get it checked by a gearbox specialist as they know what to hear for and left to long can damage the casing, when i dropped mine of mine to be reconditioned he had another 1 dropped of and a T5 on his ramp.
 

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The level plug is located on the diff housing, if you look up past the nearside driveshaft to the rear you will see it about halfway up. It's a 17mm hex key fitment, the drain plug is also on the diff housing at the bottom also 17mm hex key.

The correct level is when the oil is at the bottom of the level hole.

It takes 2 litres of 75W, i would get the best quality avaliable to you.

The correct procedure for refill and checking is once you have filled it with new oil upto the level hole is to let the gearbox run in gear for about two minutes and then recheck level, the wheels would need to be clear of the ground for this.
 

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Thanks for the info, I think I will get it to a garage and let the experts take a look. I fear it could be a major rebuild of the gearbox :* I'll let you know what they say, gulp!!
 

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Hello I,m new to the forum and have just bought an ex RAC 2007 T5 1.9 Van that's done 160k miles with full vw service history. This vehicle is noisey in all gears going up the the gearbox, but once into 5th gear you can hardly notice it.

Can you please let me know how you get on.

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Could be the gearbox as had the a main bearing go on a T5 Shuttle 05 1.9 at 60,000 miles. The noise was as you described under load in all gears. £1800 repair including DMF and new clutch (might as well replace at the same time)... As advised by the garage went down the gear box strip and all bearing replace route, as you know what box you are getting.. Now has a judder which has the gearstick jumping like crazy under load between 2000 and 3000 revs in 5th gear only... So now back in for further investigation another 2 weeks of the road.. In hindsight think going for a recondition box would have been easier with a warrenty so you could take it back and get another one.
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I had a similar issue , very noisy gearbx , and thought the worst, I drained the oil out , about a egg cup full as it was virtually empty, filled it up with castrol syntrans 75/90 and also i was recomended by a friend to use lucas heavy duty oil stabilizer ,
http://www.lucasoil.co.uk/products.php?page=products&subpage=product&product=12
i was amazed how quite it was afterwards,
also a tip , if you don't have a 17mm hex head to undoe the bung , as i havent, i actually used a 17mm wheel bolt which fits perfect and a 17mm spanner, works a treat .
 

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Sounds like the input shaft rear bearing, damages in the housing and debris goes around box. If this is diagnosed replace the box a 6 year old gearbox is not worth repairing, you wouldn't mate old gears with new.
 
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