Used Vauxhall Astra Gearbox ECU
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About Gearbox ECU
The Astra Vauxhall gear box ECU (sometimes known as a Transmission Control Unit) is an essential part of the gear box in an automatic vehicle, and monitors and controls the gear changes and transmission. This electrical part communicates with the engine ECU using a series of sensors that are positioned at strategic points in the vehicle. Using the information given to it by the sensors and the engine ECU it calculates when to change the vehicle’s gears to improve vehicle performance and minimise fuel consumption. These sensors tell the Astra Vauxhall gear box ECU what speed the vehicle is driving at, whether it is driving uphill or downhill, the temperature of the oil and the amount of torque generated by the torque converter.
Some vehicles have a combined Astra Vauxhall gear box ECU and engine ECU, known as a powertrain control module (PCM).
Damage to the Astra Vauxhall gear box ECU is likely down to the solenoids – magnetic wire coils that transport electric current. If your vehicle experiences problems with the Astra Vauxhall gear box ECU you may first notice a warning code displayed in your vehicle. If ignored, the gear box can fail resulting in an inability to change gears.
Vauxhall Astra trivia
- The 2013 Astra used in the TV show Top Gear that was raced by celebrities went up for auction in 2019. After being driven by 22 celebrities, including Hugh Jackman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Smith, and Olly Murs (the fastest driver in the fun contest), the car sold for £6,000 despite not being roadworthy. There are claims that the Top Gear Astra has been seen by more people than any other car in the world, ever.
- The MK5 is the single most successful Astra in terms of sales, and it was the second best selling car in Britain in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
- The Astra was originally built in Germany, but after the consolidation of Opel and Vauxhall dealerships in 1981, production of the Astra moved to Ellesmere Port in the UK.
- The first Vauxhall Astra won the What Car? Car Of The Year in 1980, and came second in the European Car of the Year Award of the same year, which wasn’t bad going.
- The first two generations of the Vauxhall Astra were right-hand drive and were called the Opel Kadett in the UK before the Opel and Vauxhall names were merged.