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2000 A4: notchy gear change when the engine is hot

My 2000 1.8 petrol A4 has done 65k miles. We have suspected a worn clutch for a couple of years (juddering in traffic when hot) but recently noticed very notchy gear changes when coming off the motorway on a long run. The change returns to normal as the car cools down a little eg after a few miles at 50mph on an A road.
So we have had a new clutch (kit) and flywheel fitted. Everything feels smoother as you'd expect but the problem remains once the car is hot.

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Check the gearbox oil - has this been changed (with the wrong grade) just before the problem started ? May also be too little oil, from a small leak - which will get very thin when then inevitably overheating. Best to change the gearbox oil, note if lots of sludge or debris comes out (or is attached to the drain plug). If oil is the problem, total siezure may be just down the road.

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