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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:20 am 
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Hi, I just bought my first van, a VW Crafter 2013 MWB 79k miles. I have noticed that the gear change is pretty rough. To quote Jeremy Clarkson it's like "stirring coal". I got a test drive in a 2015 Crafter yesterday just to compare and it was completely different and much better.This one was tight and smooth more like a car. In my van the lower the gear the worse it is i.e. 1st into 2nd is really rough, 5-6 not so bad.

I am clueless about auto mechanics and was hoping someone could advise as to what the problem is and how to fix it. I won't be doing any repairs myself.

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VW Crafter is that not a merc sprinter ? it could be any number of things from a worn box (syncro's), worn clutch or even a weeping slave cylinder

first thing to look at is the gear linkage as it may be worn and need adjustment/replacing

find a decent independent to have a look at it



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Syncro playes its part in changing down, did away with need to double de-clutch :cb !


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Thanks for that info. Finding a good independent is the tricky part i guess!


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When you say "rough" do you mean audibly or is the the feeling through the gearstick?

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Chop wrote:
When you say "rough" do you mean audibly or is the the feeling through the gearstick?


Not audible, just feels rough. Think I found a decent mechanic - going to have a look at it Monday.


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My Son once told me his old, get him to college, MK1 Golf gearbox was knackered, he was so sure, that I spent my Xmas break taking the thing out, sourcing a scrapyard spare from 30 miles away all before 25th and then fitting it back, took it for a test drive with him and he says there, there is the noise, Ugh! an exhaust clip had rusted through and the pipe was rubbing each time the engine rocked during gear changes!!!!!! but he got a closer ratio box out of it.


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does it do it with the engine off? if it does then surely its linkagerather than box.

my old transit has the worlds worst gear change. its like stiring feckin custard


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