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OUR PEUGEOT 806 AUTOMATIC GEARBOX?

Our Peugeot 806 automatic drives brilliantly but every now and then the "D" for "Drive" flashes on the dashboard. This is normally at around 30mph and does not last very long. The car drives fine at all speeds, both locally and long distance but has been doing this for a while. Does anyone have any advice?



polly
August 2009


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The gearbox in the Peugeot 806 is the "AL4".
This is supposedly a "Sealed for Life" gearbox and the manufacturer does not even supply a "Dip Stick" on these gearboxes as they state it will last a life time. (the problem is, how long is a "Life time")

The gearbox is controlled by a set of electric valves (as opposed to the usual hydraulic ones).
Gearbox Oil pressure is governed by these valves and when they become worn, they cannot supply the correct amount of pressure. Thus the gearbox computer senses that there is a pressure fault and imposes "Limp Home Mode".

A worn Torque Convertor can also cause the same symptoms as it fails to deliver the fluid drive.
The torque convertor "Slip" is noticeable in 1st and 2nd gear. If you watch your engine temperature gauge as you drive up a steep hill, you will notice an increase in temperature during 1st and 2nd gear travel which is due to the convertor slipping.
Once the gearbox gets into 3rd gear, a "Pawl" in the gearbox engages and the gearbox goes into direct drive and eliminates the torque convertor slipping, the result being that if the steep hill was long enough, you would then see the engine temperature start to drop when 3rd gear was reached.

So the faulty gearbox is either down to Torque Convertor wear or Electric Valve wear.

The valve wear can be remedied by buying a refurbished valve block (aprox £350 exchange) which is possible to do if you are handy with the tools. (there is also a kit available whoch allows you to change the pressure valve only, but requires a bit of skill with a reaming kit and a little more know how).

The Torque Convertor slip can only be remedied by exchanging the unit which means a Gearbox Off job.

Either way it is an expensive remedy and you have to consider whether to just cut your losses and get rid of the vehicle.

The Pegeot/Citroen AL4 gearboxes are notoriously poor and should be avoided at all costs.

Stephen H
July 2012

I'm asking a question of Andrew about the work he had done back in September on his 2001 806 LX auto - I'm having exactly the same problem with the same model/year 806 going into limp home mode when it is cold - it is fine once the car has warmed up and is restarted. Changed the gearbox oil twice in quick succession as when checked each time it was black. The fault is still as bad as ever. Been told its either the torque converter or the whole gearbox needs changing. Just about had enough of it as the fault happens so often. Any advice would be great.

Mitch
February 2010

Polly, I have a 2001 806 LX auto and had problems with clunky gear changes which lead to the car going into limp home mode - 3rd gear plus flashing display. This continues until the car is restarted. A gearbox specialist did £1400 of work on it nine months ago and it has been OK. In the last week new problems have appeared - sometimes when slowing down, the car seems to go into neutral so it is not ready to start up again. This can make it roll back or engage gear again with a sharp jerk. It is going back to the gearbox man next week. I wonder if the autobox is a problem area for 806s? I can tell you a bit more about what they did if you are interested. Andrew

Andrew
September 2009

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