Author Topic: where to check gearbox oil?  (Read 5246 times)

Offline danny_l

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where to check gearbox oil?
« on: September 26, 2007, 02:57:45 pm »

Iv had a new re-con gearbox for 2 months now and its startin to winne slightly (only in 4th and 5th gear). Just wanted to check the level of oil just incase there isnt enough in there. Is there any form of dip stick for the gearbox cause i cant see one?


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Re: where to check gearbox oil?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007, 10:50:05 pm »
Depends on the gearbox, but in general, its a level/fill plug on the end of the gearbox.

Generally, remove nearside wheel-arch liner, to access the end plate of the gearbox. Towards the bottom, there should be one bolt head that's larger than the rest, probably with a copper washer behind it. Remove that and it should be a short blanking plug and a little oil should dribble out, if the car's level. If not , put more in, till it just overflows.
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Re: where to check gearbox oil?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 08:16:35 pm »
And remember that gearbox oil gets very hot after the car has been driven, upto scalding hot, so do it first thing in the morning.

Offline Kitch

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Re: where to check gearbox oil?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2007, 10:49:48 pm »
As said theres no dipstick as such.  Best to drain it out and fill with new....really easy to do.

Get underneath it and unscrew the drain plug like the one on the engine sump.  Let it all piss out, and wipe the magnet off on the plug (it collects the metal filings from the gear teeth which grind when people miss the clutch!).  Refit it and tighten it slight less than FT.

Easiest way to fill it is the use the breather hole on the top of the gearbox.  It's usually under the airbox down beside the battery.  its a little plastic nut/cap thing.  Remove it, put a funnel in and pour in 2litres of 75w/80 gearbox oil.  Avoid other viscosities and synthetics.  If you manage to find Total BV you get extra points!  Then refit the breather.
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