How long does a manual gearbox last?
There is no set number of years or miles that a manual gearbox will last. However, the average lifespan tends to be around 150,000 – 200,000 miles. There are different variables which will have an effect on how long your gearbox will last. For example, using fluid which has not been recommended by the manufacturer, incorrect use of the gearstick or how often you have your car serviced.
What’s involved in a gearbox service?
Manual gearbox repairs and replacements can be inconvenient and very expensive. Gearbox oil (also known as manual transmission fluid) is the key to keeping your gearbox healthy and you should always ask for this to be checked during your annual service if it's not already included. If you book a service through BookMyGarage, the mechanic will follow our service schedule, and all of these include checking for transmission oil leaks (whether you book an interim, full, or major service). If there are any leaks or the oil needs to be changed/topped up, they will do this for you too.
Many manufacturers recommend that you have your manual transmission fluid changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.
What are the possible signs that there are issues with your manual gearbox?
Some signs of possible gearbox and clutch problems are:
- a funny smell and limited acceleration
- whining, clunking and humming sounds
- leaking oil or low oil level
- a grinding or shaking gearstick
- the car refusing to go into gear
- noise when the car is idling in neutral
- gears slipping or popping into neutral
- judder when driving off
- engine accelerates and car doesn’t move
The most common manual transmission issues are resolved by replacing the clutch. There are three parts that are usually replaced during this process; the clutch disk, pressure plate and throw out bearing.
What should I do if I think there is a problem with my manual gearbox, or my clutch
If you suspect an issue with your clutch or manual gearbox, you should have it seen to promptly. Enter your VRM and post code above and you can compare all of the garages in your local area. You can use their reviews, prices, location and extra services offered to select a suitable garage and then book online. You can either book a diagnostic check, where the mechanic will diagnose any issues, or book a service and your transmission will be checked for any oil leaks and topped up if required (amongst a number of other checks).