The gearbox controller is an extremely important component of the car, as it is responsible for safe driving and smooth gear changes. Like any electronic device, it can fail and cause a number of problems related to the operation of the gearbox. In this article, we outline the most common symptoms of gearbox controller failure and encourage you to buy a used original controller instead of a new replacement which can quickly fail.
Symptoms of damage to a gearbox control unit
The ‘check engine’ light is on – This is the first symptom to look out for. The fact that the lamp is illuminated can indicate a number of problems related to the engine or other systems of the car, but also a failure of the gearbox control unit.
Gearbox refuses to shift gear – A faulty gearbox controller can cause problems with smooth shifting between gears. The gearbox may get locked up and gear shifting may be jerky and not smooth.
Gearbox goes into emergency mode – If the gearbox controller is defective, the car may go into emergency mode, which limits operation of the gearbox to a few modes.
Performance drops and fuel consumption – Damage to the gearbox controller can affect the car’s performance and increase fuel consumption. The controller is responsible for correctly selecting the gear depending on driving conditions; its failure can lead to suboptimal use of engine power and increased fuel consumption.
Why is it worth buying a used original gearbox controller?
If you choose a new replacement instead of an original, used gearbox controller, you risk rapid failure and the need for another replacement. Used original controllers are more reliable and provide better quality than replacements. They are also cheaper and more readily available than new original controllers; a wide range is available here: Gearbox control unit - symptoms of damage. It is worth noting that, when buying a used controller, it is important to carefully check its technical condition and correct operation to avoid later problems.