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Checking Transmission Oil level on 4 speed


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Having a little trouble checking the transmission oil level on my 4 speed (1971). Are you supposed to use a mirror to check the level? I find it hard enough just getting access to the plug, seems like you need to lift the front end of the car just to get access but then the level won’t be level :) ... Any advice aside from taking the car to a shop?

Also there seems to be oil dripping from the joint between the engine and the transmission (a drop every other day or so when not driving the car). Is this a common issue? Is there a fix?

Thanks in advance!

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jack the car up so it is level (front and rear) take out the filler plug on the tranny and stick your finger in. It should be just at the filler hole no more no less. As for the oil leak it depends what kind of oil it is. Could be from engine or trans. What colour is the oil, does it have a distinctive scent?

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I agree with BingBONG - keep the car level while checking - ( 4 ) jack stands !

PLEASE DO NOT USE GL5 grade gear oils, or HYPOID gear oil in

the 4-speed ! use SAE 30, SAE 40 motor oils, SAE 75/80 GL4 gear oil,

or ATF MERCON for winter driving

and any oil leak is a good leak because that means you have oil PRESENT INSIDE !

And besides - what better way to preserve your rust

magnet than to have an auto oiler to spray the undercarrage ?

It's a good thang. really

You should be checking & changing all these oils once a

year anyway.

You'll never have a unit run dry if you adhere to

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jack it up a liitle - enough to get safely under it and loosen the plug. Then make it level - I can reach under it while it is on the ground, and stick your finger in the hole - the oil should be level with the hole. Alternativel, stick a funnel with a long tube down from the wiper area, into the hole, and pour in oil until it dribbles out of the hole.

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