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ZF 5HP24 Gearbox Stripdown

Repair Guide ZF 5HP24 Gearbox Stripdown

I recently bought a ZF 5HP24 transmission for a L322 V8 Range Rover, off eBay, for £50. It was listed as being from a 2002 model with 95,000 miles on the clock and the description just said “needs reconditioning”.
It cost me another £53 to get it shipped the 230 miles from the seller to my house.

I took a few photos as I stripped it down in case anyone’s interested:


After draining the fluid I removed the sump pan – magnets had the ‘normal’ amount of debris attached. So far so good


Filter is next – date stamped 2002, so it’s obviously never been changed

FilterOff.jpg ValveBlock.jpg

Next off is the valve block assembly


Everything looking okay, so far


Park lock mechanism and selector detent and shaft are removed next


Followed by the B, E & F clutch feed pipes and the C & D clutch jump tubes


Moving to the back of the transmission, the rear cover & park lock gear are next


The next job is to slacken off the F clutch drum retaining screws. This drum is the very last part to come out of the transmission but it’s important to slacken the screws off now while the transmission has some weight in it because they’re countersunk and are always stubborn to get out.


Then around to the front end of the transmission to unbolt the bellhousing

Bellhousingremoved.jpg OilPump-1.jpg

Followed by the intermediate casing (which houses the oil pump)


‘Tower 2’ pulls out next – which is basically the A & B clutch assemblies with their respective shafts


The first clue as to what was wrong with the transmission now emerges! The axial needle bearing which separates the B clutch hub from the C clutch drum has worn to the extent that many of the rollers have come out of the bearing cage.


Loose needle rollers trapped in the B clutch hub – all worn to a taper
Having seen exactly the same thing on previous Range Rover transmissions that I’ve rebuilt I know where to look for the cause and sure enough, having separated the A & B clutches, I can see that the O-ring which seals between the B clutch drum & the input shaft has failed.


The resulting leakage here prevents the A clutch generating sufficient clamp pressure causing it to slip under load and, as it’s used in gears 1-4, the control system detects the slip and protects the transmission by upshifting all the way up into 5th gear – usually with a bang – each time the vehicle sets off from rest


A & B clutch assembly unassembled


The C clutch & front sun gear drive sleeve then pull out

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Followed by the D/E clutch assembly…

EpicyclicGeartrains.jpg Outputshaft.jpg

…the epicyclic geartrains…


…and then finally the F clutch & 1st gear sprag assembly

So, apart from the failed O-ring & the consequent damage to the axial needle bearing, everything else looks in great condition.

A new bearing costs £7. The failed O-ring is part of the overhaul kit (£145) so with new fluid & a new oil filter, plus the £50 I paid for the transmission and the delivery charge we’re looking at a grand total of less than £400 for a fully reconditioned transmission without exchange.
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