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transaxle fluid
Posted by: jburnsey5 ()
Date: November 05, 2019 07:29PM

the front trans seal on my 64 spyder 4spd leaks transaxle fluid imaware of plugs to fill on transaxle..is it possible to add some g4 fluid thru dipstick check in the engine compartment?

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: November 05, 2019 07:46PM

I have heard of some people doing this but I'll bet it is easier to use the filler plugs.
Why not just replace the leaking seal?

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 05, 2019 07:51PM

The dipstick tube is very restrictive so lube would move very slowly. You could rig up something with a funnel and clamps but I would imagine it would take 24 hours to work its way in.

I face a similar situation with my boat's out drive. There's a lube reservoir in the engine room and about two feet of small diameter hose (about the size of the transaxle dipstick tube) leading to the out-drive. It's 90-wt, which is pretty close to the 80wt in our differentials. It takes 24 hours for lube to flow two feet to the upper unit and we're only talking about an ounce or two.

On the car, it's best to remove the fill plug and pump in what's needed. Shouldn't take 10 minutes and it's all done. The trick is to use a lube container with a pump. That makes it really easy to add lube oil.

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: jburnsey5 ()
Date: November 05, 2019 07:53PM

im going to replce seal but need to drive car to my garage and dipstick shows no fluid TY dont want to drive and blow transaxle cause no oil

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: November 05, 2019 08:32PM

Cut the tip of the new lube bottle very small and take your time. You just need to bring it above the ADD mark if the shop is not too far away.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: November 06, 2019 08:08AM

Front seal? that is transmission. Dipstick reads diff which is
rear. Even though the two parts share the lube it will be a
lengthy time to have 90wt circulate between the two.

There are fill plugs in both trans and diff, look in shop
manual or probably in the FAQs here for location.

Why chance the loss of the gear box when you can pick the car
up and level and then check/top off both??

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

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1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: November 06, 2019 01:41PM

Heat the oil so it will flow better. Put the bottle in a pan of water on the stove.

An 80W-90 at 15ºC (69ºC) is between 900 and 1300 cSt viscosity (depending on the brand)
At 70ºC (158ºF) -(don't heat it more than that) it will have a viscosity between 34 and 51 cSt.

Even if you only heat it to 50ºC, you have still brought the viscosity down 90%.

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: November 06, 2019 02:51PM

Richard...... you are giving up all your oil secrets at once. I prefer to watch people struggle, until they have a light bulb go off in their head, so they learn to think out their problems on their own.

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 06, 2019 03:19PM

[www.harborfreight.com]


Do you live near a Harbor Freight?

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: jburnsey5 ()
Date: November 06, 2019 06:58PM

yes harbor freight is 15 mins away,,,

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: mtmouse ()
Date: November 08, 2019 05:43AM

This is much better for adding gear lube than the Harbor Freight one shown. Have them both.
[www.walmart.com]
Just screw it on the top of your guart of lube and pump away. I also just leave mine on a quart of gear lube so it is clean and easy to "top off". Normally in stock at my local Walmart (I do live on a lake though).
Just my 2c
Joe

Joe in South Ga
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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: November 08, 2019 02:09PM

I have one like the Walmart link. I think mine is a Sta-Lube brand and it came with an extension hose to make it work on the gallon jugs also.

Joel
Northlake, TX
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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: deltadave ()
Date: November 08, 2019 07:51PM

I used a small funnel with a tube attached and it worked well if I filled the funnel and walked away for a few minutes

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Re: transaxle fluid
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 08, 2019 08:41PM

Some if not all transaxle dipstick tubes are crushed almost flat, probably so the dipstick goes in the right way. I wouldn't want to try and pump any lube through that restriction.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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