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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 31-05-2016, 19:11 Thread Starter
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Help needed for a 1999 transit camper

We are currently in Gent and have met a New Zealand and Australian couple who are 10 days in to a five month trip round Europe . Their 1999 tranny camper has a whine one 4 th gear and grumbling noise on 5th .
They are off to Düsseldorf in the morning (wed) and hoping to find a mechanic who can at least confirm the problem .
Any one got any contacts I can pass on ? I know it's a very long shot , but this young couple need some old fashioned UK help !
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Should have no trouble finding a Ford garage in Germany.Also parts can be sent from UK to Germany very easily if needed.
Does the sound change with the speed of the vehicle or with a change of revs.If he free wheels in neutral does he get the same noise.Is it a twin or single rear wheels. Again does he lose the sound if he depresses the clutch.


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Sounds like gearbox main shaft rear bearing to me.

At that age (1999) spares are going to be very difficult to find as there are so few Trannies of that age on the road so spare manufacturers are unlikely to have any on their shelves. My advice (once diagnosis says it's the gearbox) would be to seek out a second hand gearbox from a scrappy, but age will probably rule that out again.

If the noise isn't too noticeable then the gearbox will still function, the noise WILL get worse but even when nearly deafening the gearbox will (probably) still stay intact. I have known noisey transit boxes do in the region of 20K miles before self destructing.

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Many thanks chaps ,have passed this info on to them. Did have concerns re the age / Parts availability myself and they have set off now for Düsseldorf where they have a mate. I also discovered that in Aachen ( Europe) there is a recognised place where Kiwi's and Ozzies have a yard/ garage wher those just completing their "trip" meet those just starting and make arrangements . However this tranny came from the UK , but in its favour was left hand drive and built in Germany which may explain why none of the Belgian workshops wanted to know.

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