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Manual transmission fluid change

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Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 17:30:15 GMT
From: quk@isham-research.demon.co.uk (Phil Payne)
Subject: Manual transmission fluid change?
I'd say a level check and top-up is justified every 10000 miles.  If you've
the 17mm Allen driver in your hand, you might just as well drain and refill.
Very important to have the car level - especially with a TORSEN.  Too much
is _very_ bad - it damages the seals, which then let the rest out ...

Notable and famous tip - check you can get the filler out _before_ you open
drain plug.
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Phil Payne
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club

Yes, *strongly* recommend getting a good quality hex socket for the plugs,
which you can use with a longish bar, rather than a puny Allen key, which
won't provide enough torque to remove a stubborn plug.
And I'm glad I'm not the only one who has removed the drain plug before the
filler, then realised the potential enormity of this unthinking act when the
filler plug refuses to budge and starts to round its edges......it's hard to
kick oneself when lying under an Audi, but I certainly tried.

BTW, found that, certainly for non-quattro gearboxes, one of those cheap
plastic funnels with a c. 2 foot long bendy tube is great for refilling -
insert via engine compartment and hold the end in the filler orifice from
under the car whilst a helper pours the oil into the funnel from above. (Do
not swear *too* much at said helper when the inevitable happens and the
pouring is a little too fast and the funnel overflows oil directly over
one's face directly below.) Eau de 75w90 is a fetching new male fragrance,
according to my wife.



Cumbria, UK.