Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:13:08 -0400
Reply-To: W Monk <billmonk@GMAIL.COM>
Sender: Vanagon Mailing List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: W Monk <billmonk@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Vanagon tranny question regarding 3rd gear grind on manual
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I have heard good things about aztransaxle also. I will point out one thing
with Daryl. If something goes wrong he will ship a replacement unit out
usually right away and pay return shipping on the defective unit. That way
you can pull the defective unit and swap in the new in one shop session.
Most local builder are not up to Bills or Daryls quality levels or
expertise so if you are local to either consider yourself very lucky.
On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 6:59 PM, Scott Greiner <email@example.com> wrote:
> I would like to recommend a Transaxle repair shop in Phoenix AZ for
> anyone that is closer AZ than the states of Oregon or Washington. The reason
> is if anything ever went wrong with a repair and than you would have to
> remove the transaxle and ship it. Depending on what went wrong, shipping
> costs can add up. I had my transaxle rebuilted and regeared 3rd, 4th and R&P
> in my 1982 DZ Transaxle for a cost around $1500. I needed this done so I can
> get my vanagon up a running. I was having a hard time finding a DK
> transaxle with the .457 R&P already in it so Bill at AZTransaxle hooked me
> up. He has been doing transaxle for over 25 years. I went to his shop and
> got a tour to see his operation, pretty cool. Bill does a lot of sandrails
> for racing so I thought doing my 1982 Diesel Vanagon that I converted in a
> 1997 Jetta 1.9TDI AHU motor with electronics would be no big deal at all for
> highway driving. Well I was right, I am driving everyday and the shifting is
> nice and easy. Check out his witesite at www.aztransaxle.com
> or call him at Arizona Transaxle Exchange
> 3863 N. 38th Ave
> Phoenix, AZ 85019
> Phone: 602-269-1444
> P.S. aatransaxle was my second choise, I spoke to them and they were very
> helpful with some gearing question I had before I find aztransaxle in
> Phoenix, AZ.
> Good luck,
> Scott Greiner
> Mesa, AZ.
> *From:* W Monk <billmonk@GMAIL.COM>
> *To:* vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM
> *Sent:* Tue, October 13, 2009 2:22:25 PM
> *Subject:* Re: Vanagon tranny question regarding 3rd gear grind on manual
> Forgot to mention the only place I would trust if you end up needing a
> tranny is
> don't trust any of the local places regardless of the price you get quoted.
> Like the rest of the vanagon it requires someone who knows vanagons and
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 5:17 PM, W Monk <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > After the oil change another thing to look at is your front transmission
> > body mount. It also has a ground strap on it. I noticed my gear shift
> > moving around quite a bit when letting off /stepping on the gas. If you
> > take your van for a ride and notice the shift lever moving back and forth
> > quite a bit when stepping on and letting off the gas pedal check out your
> > front mount. The first thing my wife noticed after replacing the mount
> > the van shifted better.
> > B.
> > On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 7:39 PM, John Meeks <email@example.com> wrote:
> >> On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 6:00 PM, David Cohen <Mtbdavid2@aol.com>
> >> > Hi,
> >> > I recently purchased a 1990 Vanagon GL with manual transmission.
> >> Around
> >> > town and before the van heats up I can shift up and down to third
> >> without
> >> > grinding but as soon as I drive on the freeway for any amount of time
> >> and
> >> > then downshift or up shift into third it grinds. I assume it's
> >> of
> >> > the heating up and thinning of the gear oil and a bad 3rd gear
> >> Is
> >> > this correct? I assume I am looking at a full rebuild or replace
> >> a
> >> > rebuilt 4spd tranny. Your help is appreciated.
> >> >
> >> > Thanks,
> >> > David (new owner of Vanagon and love it)
> >> >
> >> David,
> >> Welcome to the wonderful world of the Vanagon. Sadly changing tranny oil
> >> is
> >> something that many owners neglect. Before spending the big bucks on a
> >> rebuild, change the oil with some good synthetic gear oil. I like
> >> MT-90. It will make a big improvement in shifting anb works much better
> >> hot operating temps.
> >> To get an idea of the job see:
> >> http://www.vanagonauts.com/Changing-gearbox-oil101.htm
> >> Good luck and enjoy the Vanagon
> >> Oh and check out the Rescue Squad link below.
> >> John Meeks
> >> '91 Multivan
> >> Northern Michigan
> >> Vanagon Rescue Squad
> >> http://www.vanagonauts.com/Vanagon_Rescue_Squad74.htm
> >> Radio Call:KC8ZFN