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Grinding noise coming form left-front when accelerating

I drive a Mini Cooper 1.6 2004 manual transmission and recently have been get a grinding noise from the gearbox. All gears are still working fine and the noise give a higher pitch on accellaration. I was thinking of getting a recon gearbox or should I get it fixed? Thanks

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A rebuilt gearbox is a good idea.

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Sounds like an transmission control module problem I have seen this and often times just replaced the trans mission control module and found everything working properly again.

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be better to leave it alone gear boxes can be expensive unless you can find cheap replacement

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