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Colorado Auto Gearbox



Evening all.
About 18mths ago my oil cooler became one with my radiator and water and
auto fluid ended up mixed in the box and radiator.
Anyway i fit new radiator and flushed out the gearbox with numerous gallons
of new fluid and cleaned the filter several times and this appeared to work
and has run very sweet since then.
Until last weekend 10 mile down the motorway stopped at the roundabout
junction and wouldn=92t drive again. As i was stopped for 10mins and started
her up again and managed 500 yds and no drive again. I managed to limp home
about 10 mile and 21/2 hrs like this.
After ringing round it would appear that the water has eventually
delaminated the friction plates in the gearbox and needs re conditioning.
Numerous more phone calls end up at somewhere between =A31400 and =A32000 for
complete job inc labour and torque converter.
So i trawled round the second hand market for a box and ended up with a
51000miler inc torque converter delivered to my door for =A3282.00.
So my son is an apprentice mech and we borrowed the ramp at his works and
took out the box.
Not an easy task. We removed the transfer box first to loose some weight and
to make lighter handling Good idea as the transfer box is heavier than the
gearbox and it would also seem the cross member would have been in the way.
Torque converter?? The new one when we came to fit it the bolts appeared to
strip,,, not so the new one had different size holes so i ended up running a
10mm tap through them to clear the threads and cut some new bolts to suit,
plenty of loctite. Seems to be fine now.

Now then does anybody know of an easy way to get the box back in. Any tips
would be gratefully received.
Once i get it up and running i will send the rest of the saga along with any
pitfalls i have found.

John Nelson

98 Poorly Colorado

Darwen Lancs.
Tel 07793 420092
01254 776065
[Email address removed]


Hi John,
The thing that surprised me with the Colorado when changing the clutch
is that the engine tipped forward, not backwards.
You therefore need to jack up the front of the engine to get the back
to tip down so that you can get the gearbox on.
Apart from that it should be pretty straight forward.
Julian Voelcker
07971 540362
[Email address removed]
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