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    Senior Member Stagnite's Avatar
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    British Parts, Stevenage, Herts.

    Nearly 2 years ago I purchased a new gearbox sump/filter from BRITISH PARTS which was fitted when I had my gearbox oil changed with a Launch UK machine. Ever since then, I have always spotted a few drops of gearbox oil on my garage floor which, upon close inspection, appeared to come from the drain plug. I tried tightening it a tad and loosening it a tad on various occasions whenever I was under the car to stop the leak without success.

    Last week I decided that there must be a crack in the plastic or no O ring present, the only proper cure was to change the sump and plug, which is not a job I could do at home as the car needed to be high up and level.

    I popped up to British Parts and purchased a new sump, supplied to them by BritParts, and yesterday had ramp time at my local Jaguar Independent G and Ds in Welwyn Garden City. I delivered the STR Tuesday night so it would be cold for them oN Wednesday morning. I left the new sump, a bucket, oil pump, a few tools and rags in the boot. As the oil was only changed 2 years ago, most of it could go back in.

    Wednesday morning, I arrived at 10.30 am to find the STR was next on my mechanics list to attend to. They are really good at G ad D as they let me make a start on the job, which I did mainly on my own before Mark was ready for me.

    Anyway, I digress. Job finished. I was asked is I wanted to chuck the old sump in their skip but I decided not to as I thought I might try my luck and take it back to British Parts, which I did yesterday afternoon.


    G and D only charged me 40 for the ramp time including about a litre of Lifeguard6 so I was dead chuffed how this irritating, unnecessary, job turned out in the end.

    It looked to me, that the drain plug was not manufactured quite in shape so the O ring was not seating properly. Interestingly, the new drain plug had a different thread to the old one so perhaps the design has changed.

    So there we are, a big pat on the back for BRITISH PARTS and G and D too.

    Plus, it seemed to me that the gearbox was a little smoother in operation too after having 2 litres of new oil installed (I dumped the last of the oil from the filter)

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    Good to hear of a satisfactory outcome to a tricky problem.

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