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    hi all, since having my vectra 1.9 cdti 150bhp i have noticed the gear change is not as slippery as my 55 plate vw or my dads. is there such a thing as replacing the gear box oil with a higher quality to give me a smoother transaction? as feels a bit rough when cold, could be better when warm also. not crunching or anything its just something that niggles me on my journeys

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    Yes, a better oil can improve shifts. You need an MTF for the gearbox and I would go with the Redline MTL, Amsoil MTF or Fuchs Sintofluid.

    http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-670-75w-80-75w-85-mtfs.aspx

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    Is it the F40 box on yours. if so when you change the oil don't put the same amount as what the book recommends, only put in 2.2 litres which will equal 2.4 litres in the gearbox. This is the fix from Vauxhall and used with a lot of success with many members on here.

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    Oh ok thanks will get it look at. Need to learn to do this myself lol but I think a mechanic might be in order this time as I wouldn't want a hot gear box

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    Usually with age and mileage it is just the lubricating oil on the lever selector itself which has reached the end of its life
    I usually list that as an item to be attended to every fourth service, vastly improves it
    Equally, when this is attended to as part of a service there is nothing extra to pay

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    i have same prob with mine, wen cold its hard to get gears and get a crunch evey now and then, also wen warmed up it ok but not silky smooth.
    What bit do i need to lube? or just lube the whole linkage? ta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardy View Post
    i have same prob with mine, wen cold its hard to get gears and get a crunch evey now and then, also wen warmed up it ok but not silky smooth.
    What bit do i need to lube? or just lube the whole linkage? ta
    If you have the f40 gearbox then the stiff cold shifting is probably being caused by the synchronizers, or more specifically by too much oil pressure which prevents the synchros from working properly/efficiently hence the crunching. there is a fix whereby you drain the box and refill with a reduced quantity of oil. capacity is 3.2L but the vx fix recommends to only put in 2.2L.

    There is another problem with the f40 whereby the selector on the top of the box seizes and this causes the right left movement of the gear stick to become slow and stiff and not spring back to centre in neutral. the fix for this is not as well discussed on here but some have removed the selector, disassembled, cleaned and re-lubed and that cures that.

    Reducing oil volume only helped a little in my case. some also put molyslip additive in there which can help i believe though Im yet to try this.

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    I recently changed gearbox oil in F40. I used 75W90 oil, 2.2L and now during colder days I noticed stiff cold shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. I 75W90 oil grade correct?

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    Hi

    It's a bit thick and you'd be better off with a 75w-80 and the best proven options are the Red Line MTL, Fuchs Sintofluid or Amsoil MTF. The Millers TRX 75w-80, Castrol Syntrans V-FE, Gulf Syngear FE and Motul Motylgear are good alternatives.

    http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-670-75w-80-75w-85-mtfs.aspx

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    Same question. Can I use some other oil like 75W85 or 75W90???

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