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Old 02-01-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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attempting fluid changes for the first time

I have had my 2000 2.5l manual for about 6 months. I figured it was time to address transmission and transfer case fluids since I don't have any maintenance records. I have never done fluid changed before, so any insight would be grateful.

I have seen a lot of info about the 4.0, but not so much about 2.5 and what brands are better.

I know this question gets asked a lot, and I apologize for asking again. Like I said, this will be my first time changing fluids, and I don't want to do something wrong since this is my dd.

Again, thanks for insight and help.

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Transfer case takes ATF+4. I would recommend a full synthetic. Do you have an auto or stick tranny? If it is an auto it also takes ATF+4 again I would do a full synthetic like Valvoline.

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Dont have a stick myself, but I know a lot of guys on here like redline mtl.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:40 PM   #4
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I do have a manual transmission
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:54 PM   #5
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:32 AM   #6
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Drain plug is on drivers side and fill plug is on passenger side right? Or is that backwards? Will I need a hand pump to refill? If so, should I buy 2 since I'm doing tranny and t case at the same time?

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Yup when i did mine, having some type of hand pump makes refilling a whole lot easier.

Also, make sure you take out the fill plug first. You don't want to drain it, then find out you can't get the fill plug loose.
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Drain plug is on drivers side and fill plug is on passenger side right? Or is that backwards?
Instead of listening to rumor and hearsay, why not consult the factory service manual for your model?

Available here, amongst other places:

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(Scroll down to Online Repair Manual.)

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Transfer case takes ATF+4. I would recommend a full synthetic.
Like there is a nonsynthetic ATF+4? If it's not synthetic, it isn't ATF+4.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
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One last question; in the pic, am I right in assuming what I am pointing at is the fill hole on the ax-5? It is on the passenger side? It looks the same as the drain plug, are they the same size?
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Passenger side should be it, thei drivers side has a bolt that says "do not remove" around the lip...don't remove it! Lol

I think I used a length of 5/8th OD tube up and out the pass wheelwell to fill it...I couldn't find a hand pump at the time
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:09 PM   #11
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Let me ask this; when changing my transfer case fluid, I noticed (I'm assuming) plumbers tape on the fill and drain plugs. Is that something that is needed? I didn't think about that before...
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Let me ask this; when changing my transfer case fluid, I noticed (I'm assuming) plumbers tape on the fill and drain plugs. Is that something that is needed?
No.
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Besides the fact that there's no such thing as RP Synchromesh (it's Synchromax, synchromesh is Amsoil), Synchromesh isn't a recommended oil for the AX-15.

For the AX-5 10w-30 synthetic motor oil or Redline MT-90/MTL. I strongly recommend Redline.
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I went with Mobil 1 75w-90. Hopefully that will be just as good. I wasn't able to get the fill plug out, so hopefully Monday I will take another crack at it.

I bought Mobil 1 atf, I guess I didnt realize it stands for automatic transmission fluid. That threw me for a loop
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I went with Mobil 1 75w-90. Hopefully that will be just as good. I wasn't able to get the fill plug out, so hopefully Monday I will take another crack at it.

I bought Mobil 1 atf, I guess I didnt realize it stands for automatic transmission fluid. That threw me for a loop
Return the Mobil 1. It's not compatible with the AX 5 and will eat your synchros. Recommended oils from the manufacturer are recommended because those oils are compatible with their transmission and won't harm any components.

As said, both 10w-30 synthetic motor oil and Redline MT-90/MTL are approved by Aisin and won't harm the synchros.

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