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Re: Manual transmission fluid change
On Tue, 25 Nov 1997, David Boyd wrote:
> Re the following:
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 17:30:15 GMT
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
> - --
> 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.
Actually, the last time I changed the oil in the 016, I used a nifty
little pump sold by Valvoline. Screws onto quart oil bottles, has about 2
feet of hose, and works (and looks) just like a big soap dispenser. Around
$8 and beats the heck out of stupid funnel tricks. Oddly, the '69 VW type
3 my friend owned (he had the pump) used exactly the same setup- 17mm.
When I asked to borrow the pumper, his first words were, get the fill plug
I knocked the drain pan over, slipped in it, got 75w90 all over my back,
and slid a few feet down the driveway. Ouch:)