Ford Capri Gearbox

Published by Carl Wilson on

Enginesandgearboxes.co.uk is undoubtedly the UK’S leading in new, reconditioned and used supplier online; we undoubtedly have the largest stock of Ford Capri gearboxes in the UK. We provide fully guaranteed second hand car gearboxes direct to your door at discounted prices with free postage, we constantly strive to help our customers save huge amounts of money on Ford Capri gearboxes every day.

The Different types of Gearboxes for the Ford Capri gearbox

Four or five-speed manual gearboxes were available on the Mk III Capri, depending on model, and on most versions there was also the option of the Ford C3 3 speed automatic. From 1983 the 2.8i was fitted with a 5 speed manual gearbox, but the 4 speed units are generally considered to be more reliable and smoother in operation.

Whichever gearbox is fitted there’s a good chance that second gear will be worn, so listen to see whether it’s significantly noisier than any of the other ratios. The bushes wear, leading to a sloppy gear change, and the bearings also wear after 70,000 miles or so, leading to a noisy gearbox. If there’s significant bearing noise you’ve got no more than 5000 miles before the gearbox gives up altogether. As if all this isn’t enough Capri’s have a tendency to jump out of gear on the over-run, the cure is to replace or rebuild the gearbox, simply tell us you’re the type of gearbox you require a 3 speed automatic, 5 speed manual gearbox or a 4 speed and we’ll do the rest – FREE!

The Ford-built C3 gearbox isn’t especially durable, but the key to lengthening its lifespan is regular fluid changes. There aren’t that many autos around, with 4 cylinder autos especially rare. Replacement gearboxes can be found, they are very rare but with enginesandgearboxes.com we specialise in finding gearboxes . If there’s a vibration coming from the gearbox it’s probably because the centre bearing in the propshaft has worn. If the bearing isn’t replaced the gearbox rear bearing and the differential nose bearing will be damaged.

The differential itself is pretty resilient, but ask whether its oil has been replaced regularly. Every 20,000 miles or two years is ideal. A special lubricant is specified.

If the model you’re looking at should have been fitted with a limited-slip differential, it’s easy to check whether or not it’s still there. Jack the car up at the back and turn one of the wheels. The wheel on the opposite side should turn the same way – if it turns the opposite way a normal rear axle has been fitted.

Ford-built gearboxes have become more reliable these days, but still as in all gearboxes it’s the most-easiest-to-break and very expensive-to-fix part of the vehicle. If heavily abused, the Capri gearbox can be easily destroyed within just half an hour. Any gearbox is very sensitive to the gearbox fluid quality and condition. Improper fluid type can damage the gearbox. When buying a used car, a gearbox is one of the most important parts to check.

When buying a used car, the gearbox is one of the most important parts to check. We strongly recommend having a used car inspected by a mechanic before buying it, it will well worth it. When buying a used car first checks the used car history records; it may save you some time and money. If the used car history report shows that the car you want to buy was used as a rental vehicle or has been involved in an accident, there is no point to even look at it. Ask the previous owner or salesperson if any repair has been done to the Capri gearbox. If the gearbox is already rebuilt, try to avoid buying such a car. It’s not like all rebuilt Capri gearbox will have problems – some of them work even better than before. The problem is that not all gearbox shops can do equally the same high-quality job. And since there is no way to verify if it was rebuilt properly or not, it’s better not to take chances. Another thing to be concern about, ask if the car you are looking for was used for towing a trailer. Gearboxes wear out quicker in many cars that were used for towing a trailer.

The modern gearbox is by far, the most complicated mechanical component in today’s automobile. Newer gearboxes contain mechanical systems, hydraulic systems, electrical systems and computer controls, all working together in perfect harmony which goes virtually unnoticed until there is a problem.

On a rear wheel drive car, power flow on a rear wheel drive the gearbox is usually mounted to the back of the engine and is located under the hump in the centre of the floorboard alongside the gas pedal position. A drive shaft connects the rear of the gearbox to the final drive which is located in the rear axle and is used to send power to the rear wheels. Power flow on this system is simple and straight forward going from the engine, through the torque converter, then through the gearbox and drive shaft until it reaches the final drive where it is split and sent to the two rear wheels.

On a front wheel drive car, power flow on a front wheel drive the gearbox is usually combined with the final drive to form what is called a transaxle. The engine on a front wheel drive car is usually mounted sideways in the car with the transaxle tucked under it on the side of the engine facing the rear of the car. Front axles are connected directly to the transaxle and provide power to the front wheels. In this example, power flows from the engine, through the torque converter to a large chain that sends the power through a 180 degree turn to the gearbox that is alongside the engine. From there, the power is routed through the gearbox to the final drive where it is split and sent to the two front wheels through the drive axles.

There are a number of other arrangements including front drive vehicles where the engine is mounted front to back instead of sideways and there are other systems that drive all four wheels but the two systems described here are by far the most popular. A much less popular rear drive arrangement has the gearbox mounted directly to the final drive at the rear and is connected by a drive shaft to the torque converter which is still mounted.

Why some gearboxes go wrong particularly models

Symptoms: – Gearbox oil pouring out of gearbox is sometimes with slipping clutch due to oil contamination.

Often the gearbox jams and the car cannot be moved. Gears fail and there is no drive to clutch and wheels.

Cause: – Hole punctured in the gearbox casing due to a sheared weak rivet on the differential failing. The rivets attaching the final drive gear to the differential are weak and shear off, sometimes after only 30,000 miles on early gearboxes. This is a common problem with gearboxes.

Cure: – Replace weak rivets with stainless steel nuts and bolts, add reinforcing metal plate between the bolts and then fully recondition gearbox. All our gearboxes carry a 100% warranty, quick search yours here

What happens next if you need a replacement?

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Carl Wilson

You won't believe it, I'm native Scotsman. Enthusiast. Car lovers. Almost finished rebuilding my Reliant Saber 🔥

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