Today (Monday) is a public holiday and the boss took Friday off too so I've had a nice loooong weekend
On Saturday my nice weekend changed from "nice" to "this really grinds my gears" - car trouble.
I was about 30km from home when my gearbox decided to just stop working, not even a warning or little scream to say it was dying! Luckily it didn't leave me totally stranded needing a tow home, it left me with just 4th gear so I managed to limp the car back to my mates place about 5km from where the gearbox died. Now I'm driving my mates wifes Toyota Ist (if anyone sniggers at that, I swear I'll ban them... not typically a car I'd be seen dead in haha).
Well, that wasn't much of a rant... but I'm done
Now the facts so I can maybe get opinions on what exactly has failed... mainly because there is a good chance this box will get rebuilt - before this problem it shifted really smoothly and is tight between gears. As abundant as 20DET boxes are, it's going to be hard to find one as smooth and tight as the one I've got. Buying 2nd hand basically means no guarantees on a box with unknown kms in an unknown condition.
Since I bought my R32 about 4ish years ago, there has been a very audible (what I assume is) bearing noise. It's a whining/grinding noise. This noise goes away when the clutch is pushed (please, PLEASE do not tell me it's the release bearing, it is not!) - with that I've been told it could
be the input shaft or rear bearing or both. On Saturday there was a repeated and rapid loss/gain in drive to the rear wheels, within 1 min I pulled down a side street to visually inspect the gearbox, diff etc. Got back in and drove off... within another minute I had completely lost drive in all gears including reverse except
4th gear. I now have 5 neutral gears and 1 forward gear lol. There were literally no warning signs except the noise it's made for years... it literally just stopped working and self destructed in silence.
So... anyone have a clue what may have failed within the box for me to keep just 1 gear? Do you reckon it's repairable or will it look like a bomb has gone off in the box?