Autobox query

BX Tech talk
User avatar
Philip Chidlow
Over 2k
Posts: 11592
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:08 pm
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
x 22

Autobox query

Post by Philip Chidlow »

I have a 150k mile GTi with an autobox. Recently, when the morning is very cold, the take up is sluggish from rest. It soons 'warms up' though, and works fine thereafter. Is there any simple (preferrably) service routine that might cure this - somebody suggested having the filters/fluid checked - someone else said leave well alone unless it gets worse. I tend to subscribe to the latter view. Is this a sign of gearbox wear that is ultimately terminal?

In which case... how difficult is it to replace an auto box?
• 1992 Citroen BX TZD Turbo Hurricane
• 2006 Xsara Picasso 1.6 16v

Stewart (oily!)
1K Away
Posts: 1604
Joined: Wed May 18, 2005 6:23 pm
Location: North Wales

Post by Stewart (oily!) »

I have replaced one in a 309 which is I believe identical, its a lot heavier than the manual one but has a nice lifting eye on top which helps, no worse than swapping a manual one IMHO
TZD 19 TD one of the few
Xantia Td estate, going soft

User avatar
ken newbold
Over 2k
Posts: 4408
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2005 10:53 pm
x 5

Post by ken newbold »

No worse but a whole lot messier and you have to be scrupulously clean.

My Mums diesel auto is the same very sluggish first thing but soon sorts itself out.
They think it's all over, it is now!

Geoffrey Gould
Posts: 546
Joined: Sat Jun 25, 2005 7:26 pm
Location: Bristol.UK.


Post by Geoffrey Gould »

Hello. I would not worry, mine is the same given a couple of hundred yards then all is OK. Please check that the ATF is the correct one DEXRON 2 not 3 as this WILL destroy the box as I have found out. See a thread from Alan S (Australia ).