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New user, advice needed on w202 gearbox

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, Fuel and Exhaust' started by paul c180, Dec 6, 2012.

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    paul c180 New Member

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    Hi there, I've had my c180 sport manual for nearly a year and although a bit slow, its bomb proof. its done 128 000 miles with 10000 of those whilst under my ownership with only 1 minor age related fault (rusty fuel pipe and fuel pump cradle). Its always had a clinking noise when changing gear which I just assumed was worn bearings in the box but it has never affected the changing of gears so I've never bothered investigating it. Over the last week there has developed a constant ringing noise like a school bell when the clutch is dipped( freewheeling) and a lot of new clinks and clunks when cruising along, in gear, clutch up. I plan to put a new clutch in it soon so am probably going to change the gearbox for a decent used item. Could anyone tell me whether all the c200/c180 boxes are interchangable or are there different versions ie facelift/nonfacelift. I believe mine is a facelift model. Could it possibly be a thrust/release bearing? It still selects gears perfectly. Any advice greatly appreciated, thanks
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    One always replaces the thrust bearing and plate together.

    Welcome to you, they are a well loved car and have been very good
     
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    paul c180

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    Thanks, the clutch kit I have planned comes with plate and bearing, I'm just trying to get an idea of what is causing the noise and whether the gearbox replacement is necessary.
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Thats a huge mileage, but there is nothing else in the bell housing so just a failed component making the noise.

    Maybe someone that knows these boxes well can give a better answer, most are auto boxes
     
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    I'm aiming for 200000 and I reckon with a bit of TLC she'll do it no probs... ;-)
     

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