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Diff In Gearbox Failed - How To Get Repaired Cheaply? (S60 2002)

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I'm in the UK and took my car for it's annual MOT test. The diff in the gearbox failed while they were road testing the car. It's a 2002 S60 2.0T, 89000 miles, manual gearbox, petrol. Obviously I want to minimise cost and a new gearbox would be very expensive. How do I minimise cost here - can the diff be replaced or repaired? (it's not something I can do). Could I find out the part number of the diff and buy a replacement from ebay (used is fine) and get someone to fit it?

Any suggestions very welcome! I don't want to ditch the car as I just spent £700 on new suspension arms and MOT!
Thanks

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I feel like a used gearbox would be your best option here. I would ask the shop exactly what's wrong though before going through with buying/replacing anything. How did it fail? Did the car just stop moving?

If that's the case, maybe an axle or CV joint popped out.

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Good advice above. If you need a new diff, it’s a relatively simple part to replace once the transmission is opened up. You can probably find a used one from someone who installed an aftermarket performance diff in their transmission, or you can install an aftermarket (Quaife, Wavetrac, etc) diff for a performance upgrade to your car. 

If you do get the diff replaced, make sure new bearings and fresh gearbox oil get installed at the same time. 

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