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Steve
01-12-2003, 12:45 PM
Hi all,

I am planning on replacing my gearbox oil shortly, but as I will only have a trolley jack and axle stands I was wondering if anyone had a time-and-labour saving tip for refilling that might help me.

Thanks

Gary Lloyd
01-12-2003, 12:54 PM
I have a gun that looks like a grease gun, but id a suction gun!! You suck up anything you want and then push the plunger down and out it comes!! I just wash it out with solvent everytime I use it!! Works great for differentisls and transmissions!! One time my old cat got water in the fuel tank, and it was pretty simple to fix!! A great tool!!

aerog
01-12-2003, 01:33 PM
Steve:

I think there was a thread or two about this earlier regarding placement of the filler-holes, but you should have a side-fill gearbox I'm sure.

Anyway, just drain the oil out with the drain plug on the bottom. If you have an OD transmission it's a good time to clean or replace the filters and O-rings if you like, plus you'll drain a little more oil out of the OD sump at the same time.

If you don't already have one, get an oil-pump designed for the purpose at your local el-cheapo auto-parts store. I bought a valvoline one for a few bucks. The pump screws right onto the top of an oil container (engine oil or gearbox oil, usually works on both) and has a good long length of clear tubing on the end.

Just find the filler hole and pump slowly away, doesn't take long at all and you can do it without spilling a drop. The same pump works great if you have a geabox with a filler-hole on top too.

Here's a link to the thread with the "pump": https://www.britishcarforum.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=4&t=000071

Gary Lloyd
01-12-2003, 02:10 PM
I've had a few of them cheapo pumps and found that they didn't last!! But if you are only using it a bit, they are great!!

aerog
01-12-2003, 02:31 PM
I've had mine for some time, haven't had any problems with it at all. Besides, at $6-8 (depending on brand) I'm not worried about having to get a new one every few years.

01-12-2003, 02:35 PM
A how to with a pic here tech tip (https://shadetreemg.com/oil_fill.htm)

aerog
01-12-2003, 07:23 PM
Basically the same as the previous thread - thanks Chuck

01-12-2003, 09:35 PM
but fully illustrated, scott

aerog
01-12-2003, 09:58 PM
As was the thread graemlins/thumbsup.gif

Here it is again, just 'cuz images/icons/smile.gif

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From the November 2001 archives of BCF:

Our local "Discount Auto" store had them, I think "AutoZone" might carry them too. Not sure what chain stores you have out west.

The product I got is made by Valvoline, part number 818, "Fluid Lubricant Pump". The store here had them stocked with the gear oil. The pump has a hole made to accept a hose for different size bottles (the kit comes with a short length of hose already). The other end (exit side) comes with about 18" of hose held on with a clamp. If you needed a longer hose it wouldn't be a big deal to change out. By the way, it took me about 5 minutes to pump a full quart of 20w50 pumping slowly.


https://www.aerog.com/gtx1.jpg

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01-13-2003, 12:58 AM
a picture is worth a thousand words

Gary Lloyd
01-13-2003, 01:32 AM
I'll get a picture of my pump!!lol I had one of those things once, and when I needed it was broken!! I always try and buy good tools, 'cuz they last forever!!

aerog
01-13-2003, 02:27 AM
Actually I misread your original post Gary, I thought your pump only sucked fluid out - I see what you're saying now. That would work well, but me being cheap and not needing to use it much will stick with the plastic one for now images/icons/smile.gif

01-13-2003, 02:34 AM
mine is like a big syringe with tygon tubing on it. cost about 10 bucks and is metal. If I don't do something stupid like drive over it, should last forever

Gary Lloyd
01-13-2003, 02:34 AM
See, if I keep hammering graemlins/hammer.gif I get thru!! images/icons/grin.gif Just joking!!

Gary Lloyd
01-13-2003, 02:42 AM
That is it!! I think it is chris roop that uses one of them big things for artificially inseminating cows??

01-13-2003, 11:04 AM
some thing like that

Bruce74B
01-13-2003, 11:50 AM
Thanks for the timeing info here. I had checked tranmission oil a while ago after reading the previous thread and decided to wait to change the Transmission oil until I started my recarpet job...which I started yesterday ;-) That little dipstick is way back under my radio and since I was going to have to remove the console for the carpet job, I came back this morning to see if that was right...it seems so far under there to be regular maintenance! There has to be an easier way on my 74 B???

Lost and confused again!

Bruce

Bruce74B
01-13-2003, 11:53 AM
one more question...I gotta ask!!!

Gary, how the heck did your "old cat get water in the fuel tank"??? LOL

Bruce

01-13-2003, 12:38 PM
that is a very good question graemlins/lol.gif

aerog
01-13-2003, 02:41 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bruce74B:
Thanks for the timeing info here. I had checked tranmission oil a while ago after reading the previous thread and decided to wait to change the Transmission oil until I started my recarpet job...which I started yesterday ;-) That little dipstick is way back under my radio and since I was going to have to remove the console for the carpet job, I came back this morning to see if that was right...it seems so far under there to be regular maintenance! There has to be an easier way on my 74 B???

Lost and confused again!

Bruce<hr></blockquote>


It actually isn't all that hard after you figure out how to fold the carpet out of the way without breaking the console. Usually I just take out the mounting screw on the console, on the passenger side then slide the carpet down a little bit, pull the plug out of the dipstick hole, and go from there. The hardest part is sometimes getting a decent grip on the dipstick, but you can easily push it up from under the car.

The last time I had to actually add oil to it I ended up lining the floor with newspapers (just in case) and then a layer up to the back of the console. The pump that screws onto a can of oil shouldn't leak (mine doesn't anyway), so I leave it on the floor and just hold the tubing to the fill-hole. Very simple, quick, and clean.

01-13-2003, 02:48 PM
I thought my side fill tranny was a pain, but it is simpler than a top fill

Bruce74B
01-13-2003, 05:55 PM
Ok thanks...but I think I will definately do it before I put in the new carpet!

Bruce

aerog
01-13-2003, 10:46 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Chuck Cougill:
I thought my side fill tranny was a pain, but it is simpler than a top fill<hr></blockquote>

It probably is Chuck, although I do like having the dipstick on the top-fill ones.

Gary Lloyd
01-13-2003, 11:54 PM
Dipstick schnipstick!!!We don't need no stinkin' dipstick!! images/icons/confused.gif Did I say that? images/icons/wink.gif

gene johnston
01-15-2003, 04:35 AM
I carry a pull chain with me. one of the old chains that have the loop-locked links. cut one link at the end to hook the dipstick loop with and leave another 4 to 6 inches to pull with.