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Old 07-09-2011, 08:07 AM
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Checking Lubricant in a 5-Speed Transmission?

When I first bought my JEEP I was worried about the fluid in my 5-speed getting low, then wearing my tranny out. I asked a number of mechanics and all of them put me off, saying that unless it was leaking then no need to check it. Had another one tell me that there is only one place to check it because there was a shaft in the other hole and it would fall down into the trans or something. They finally HAD to check it when I had the transmission seals all replaced. Luckily it was OK. However, I'm still not sure which one of the plugs they check it in. I know it has to be up near the top, but on which side? Is it the one that the tool to open it costs about $80?

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Well I can only speak for the ax-15 but the drain and fill plugs are both on the drivers side. The drain plug is near the bottom, its a big bolt head. The fill plug is the same size as the drain plug but its about 2 inches higher and more towards the front of the trans. If I get time ill snap a pic today and upload it. All you need really is a big crescent wrench. And as far as fluid goes, its still a heated debate, you can do a search and you will find a lot of threads on the subject.

And as far as taking out the wrong bolt and dropping a rod to the bottom of the trans, won't happen. I know it can happen on a Ford trans though.

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Thanks and I was pretty sure the check plug was on that side. It's full and not leaking, so I ain't messin with it right now. But it COULD be a real problem if you didn't notice a leak in time.
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