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Repair Advice? Transmission?
5-26-2014
12:10 am
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Alkhemist
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It might be that the viscous coupling has failed and locks up when it shouldn't. The front diff and the trans would be tied together and if the front and rear tires travel at different rates (as in turns or with different tire sizes) that would bind up the transmission gears. That would feel like a loss of power. If that's the problem continuing to drive stresses the drive train and eventually WILL break something. A quick temporary fix is removing the prop shaft. Having the VC rebuilt is not cheap and finding a replacement might be impossible. Might be time to install a decoupler. The trans will get hot during normal use.
If this is not the problem, let us know what it turns out to be.
Good luck.

5-7-2014
9:28 am
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I forgot to mention, there was no grinding of the tranny, the oil levels were fine, and when I took the fluid out the were no steel flecks so it probably wasn't gears chewing each other up. The engine continued to run fine in neutral...

5-7-2014
9:19 am
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Hi Synconauts,

I could use a little help determining how to get out of my current predicament.

I just recently bought a 1987 vanagon syncro with a Rabbit engine, and what I assume to be the original syncro tranny.

Here is the story:

Going up a steep hill it became very difficult to shift and my power output plummeted. The transmission got very hot to touch. I could not make it up the hill. I wonder if anyone has had trouble with their transmissions like this and might be able to offer some advice.

Much Obliged,

Taylor

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