RE: [DML] Re: manual transmission oil change
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RE: [DML] Re: manual transmission oil change

I just thought I would mention since Justin didn't that I have a standard
oil drain plug with a hex head (17mm) in stainless $12.95, brass for $6.95
or magnetic for $12.95. Easy and simple with no special tool if they get
misplaced. These could be taken off with large pliers if you had to.
John Hervey

-----Original Message-----
From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Justin Mettee
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 4:41 PM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [DML] Re: manual transmission oil change

Last year, I changed my manual tranny fluid.  I used Valvoline DuraBlend
(semi-synthetic) 80W-90.  No problems at all in the past year...tranny
synchs well & no real difference in changing gears compared to what I think
was original.

A couple notes:

1) The fill & drain plugs are identical & have a 10mm square head on them,
requiring a "proper" tool which is a $20-$30 Snap-On or MATCO socket.  A
good alternative since you will never use this tool socket for anything
else: GatorGrip.  Got it @ Home Depot for about $12.  It's the socket with
the pins in it that works on all different size bolts, wingnuts, etc.
Pretty good product & made in USA to boot!

2) Might want to consider taking the transmission end cap off & putting
Loctite on the 5th gear nut.  When these loosen, they drill a hole in the
end cap.  A little involved, but once you Loctite (red) it, you'll be
certain to not have this problem happen.

VIN 02075

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