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Not longย bought a 2013 diesel insignia ecoflex (147000 miles)

When I lift my foot of the accelerator while movingย I hear what sounds like a scraping noise. This happens mostly in first and second gear. When I dip the clutch it goes and when moving and I put the car in neutral it goes, back in second its back. Don't notice it in third to six gear

Anyone else had this or have any idea what I am hearing


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Hello Gavlar 2021

That's undoubtedly bearings inside the gearbox. Gear ratios are made up by combining 2 or more various pinions, for example gears 1 and 2 might use pinion combination A/B, with 1 also using C/D and 2 using E/F, for example. Often first gear provides the drive for reverse when engaged through a reverse idler, for example.

You'll be looking at the 'box coming out for that, I'm afraid. However, a *good* gearbox repairer should be able to identify and replace the bearings quite quickly and for a modest price, but you'll need to check the rest of the bearings whilst the 'box is out. My opinion (not a guarantee) is that the repair to the 'box should not be expensive- the more expensive bit will be paying someone to take the box out.

I can put you in touch with a good gearbox repair company, though they don't take them out the cars- just rebuild units sent to them... Most garages that claim to repair gearboxes in fact don't- they send them to places such as the workshop next to me, charge you a large markup in the process. If you know which workshops to go to and you take the gearbox straight in, the cost is much, much lower and you get to talk to a specialist rather than- with respect to most garages- basically a fitter.

Good luck.

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