Despite the speculation about the demise of the manual gearbox and the introduction of sophisticated automatic and semi-automatic transmissions, around three quarters of the 2.63 million new cars purchased in 2015 were manual. There’s no doubt that manual gearboxes are here for the foreseeable future, which means problem transmissions will still need to be repaired. Remanufacturing these sophisticated components is a specialised process that demands considerable expertise.
Ivor Searle has seen a continuing increase in demand for its remanufactured gearboxes due to the high cost of purchasing brand new OEM transmissions. These are generally too expensive for independent garages to replace when operating in a highly price sensitive market. Although it’s more economical to source a remanufactured gearbox, the process of restoring the unit back to OEM standard requires significant technical expertise and rigorous inspection procedures.
The company’s remanufactured gearbox programme covers virtually all five and six speed manual transmissions for front, rear and four-wheel drive cars and light commercial vehicles, as well as automatic transmissions. In addition to offering a wide ‘off the shelf’ range of exchange gearboxes for next day delivery, Ivor Searle also offers a Customer’s Own Unit (COU) programme for less common transmissions. Looking at market trends, it’s interesting to note that the leading remanufacturer’s top five fastest moving applications for manual gearboxes include the Vauxhall F Type, Volkswagen Group’s six-speed unit, Ford’s six-speed for the Transit, Peugeot/Citroën’s five-speed ‘box and BMW/MINI’s five-speed transmission.
As with Ivor Searle remanufactured engines, cylinder heads and turbochargers, the process starts with the careful disassembly of the donor gearbox, which is stripped back to its component parts. These are then subjected to an intensive multi-step cleaning process and detailed inspection against OEM specification before the skilled process of reassembly gets underway. Any part failing inspection is discarded and replaced with an OEM item. The remanufactured Ivor Searle gearbox is fitted with all new bearings and all seals and gaskets are replaced as a matter of course.
In addition, all gears are checked for wear to the tooth profiles to ensure the transmission does not produce excessive noise. Synchromesh hubs and baulk rings are also inspected and renewed, where necessary, to ensure quiet gear selection. Selector forks are checked for wear and alignment to ensure the gearshift is smooth. The gearbox is then repainted in the final stage of the remanufacturing process, prior to being carefully packaged, ready for delivery to the customer. All Ivor Searle gearboxes are covered by a transferable 12-month unlimited mileage parts and labour warranty and are supplied with pre-installation guidelines, as well as model-specific instructions if required.
Ivor Searle holds comprehensive stocks to ensure first class customer service and minimum vehicle downtime. We are also pleased to offer free next day delivery throughout the UK mainland on our stock items, if ordered before 3.30pm. Furthermore, our extensive distributor network across the UK ensures that wherever you are, you’re not far away from an Ivor Searle quality product.