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    Gearbox oil

    When collecting my 06 XK from my friendly indy after a full service he commented that the gearbox oil he drained looked burnt and smelt like cats urine (not his exact words but a censored version!)

    Does anyone know a logical reason for the colour and odour?

    I'm assuming it was the first time the oil and filter had been changed as the car has just over 50k on the clock.

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    ZF recommend the gearbox is serviced at 60k. So my guess, it was probably just due a change, more so if it has been driven hard.

    Quote Originally Posted by John100 View Post
    When collecting my 06 XK from my friendly indy after a full service he commented that the gearbox oil he drained looked burnt and smelt like cats urine (not his exact words but a censored version!)

    Does anyone know a logical reason for the colour and odour?

    I'm assuming it was the first time the oil and filter had been changed as the car has just over 50k on the clock.
    2002 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TdCI Blue
    2006 Jaguar XK (Aluminium) 4.2 Indigo Metallic

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    I've got 12 litres of new ZF Lifeguard 6 ready to use in a gearbox flush on my XKR in the new year, and even when new it smells disgusting.

    (Just checking: your friendly indie did use the right oil, didn't he? These 'boxes need the right oil.)
    2009 XKR 5.0, Kyanite Blue with ivory interior.

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