What is a gearbox?
A gearbox is a mechanical device that changes the speed of a motor (RPM), increasing or decreasing the output torque of a car. A VW gearbox, for example, consists of a series of integrated gears within a box, working as a basic system of gears where one device transfers energy to another to increase torque and reduce speed.
They are considered the second element of the power train in an automobile and their main functions include:
- Shift to neutral to start an engine.
- Shift to reverse to move backwards.
- Changes gear ratio between crankshaft and vehicle drive wheels to provide the torque needed for certain conditions.
Signs you need a repair or a new VW gearbox
Having an issue with your VW gearbox can result in lots of danger, both for drivers and others. If you are having any of the below, you should arrange a repair as soon as possible to avoid any serious problems in the future.
First, you can check your engine light. It is supposed to show if you have any problems with your gearbox but in case you notice any of the following issues regardless of the engine lights, consider checking an authorized VW specialist.
- Fluid leak
This is a transmission fluid that helps reduce friction and overheating that can prevent the gearbox to burn. If can check if you are having a fluid leak also by feeling a rubber-like burning smell in some of the cases.
Many different noises can indicate an issue with the exhaust. You can get your vehicle checked in this situation and most likely need a repair or reconditioning.
- Trouble shifting gears
This is a sign you may have a fault in your gearbox. Can be caused by a few factors such as a clogged filter, faulty sensors, transmission fluid and others and can lead to other bigger problems.
An incredibly dangerous faulty problem, the slippage can make your gear change without warning, causing a sudden break or acceleration that can lead to serious accidents. If this happens at anytime, you will need an immediate replacement.
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