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Old 06-10-2003, 11:16 PM   #1
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Thumbs up NEO Gear Oil

Just got around to changing my tranny fluid on my 5MT. My car had about 37,000 miles on the OEM fluid. I had noticed the following problems with the tranny with the old OEM fluid:

- Shifter was slow to engage lower gears (1,2,&3)
- A little more synchro whine than usual in lower gears with downshifts (and rev's matched)
- 3 & 4th gears had become a bit spongy <sp?> That is, there wasn't any reassuring feed back that the gear was engaged.

I just swapped in some NEO 75W90RHD from: Backer Percision . I had hoped that this would eliminate some if not all of the symptoms listed above. The OEM oil had a burnt stinch to it and I'm not convinced that it was ever filled up to the OEM reccomended 3.7q. Also the drain plug had a fair amount of metal shavings on it. So far I've only put a few miles on the new oil, and all of the gears feel similar to the way I remember them feeling when I drove the car off the dealer lot. I'll put 50 - 100 miles on the car tomorrow and will try to revisit the thread to report on the tranny feedback as I put some miles on it.

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Old 09-05-2003, 04:12 AM   #2
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so how did it tur out? I got about 31,000 miles on my WRX and looking to change my fluids as well due to similar symptoms.
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Old 09-07-2003, 10:26 AM   #3
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Glad I had e-mail notify turned on.

Here's the scoop.

I now have just over 44,000 on my car, and about 5k on the new fluid.

The first few weeks after the fluid was changed the tranny felt fine. Smooth shifting in all gears (similiar to my initial post). Unfortunately, the last couple of weeks I've been having trouble getting into first at low speeds. I'll typically get a chunky sounding grind, or it simply wont go until I come to a complete stop. The other gears are fine.

Honestly, I'm not sure that this is a fault of the fluid. I personally believe I've simply worn a synchro, and new fluid isn't going to fix a broken part (though it may postpone it's replacement).

At this point I'd have to say that I'd still reccomend the fluid.

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Old 09-07-2003, 11:35 AM   #4
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Brian,

Which NEO did you use? I know one of them is not synchro safe.

Anyway I have been using NEO for almost 10k now and I absolutely love it! cept for the price
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Old 09-07-2003, 10:18 PM   #5
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Old 09-07-2003, 11:16 PM   #6
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personally... i was hoping it would solve the syncro problem...
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Old 01-12-2004, 05:33 PM   #7
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personally... i was hoping it would solve the syncro problem...
redline lightweight, lots of cars that i know
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Old 01-12-2004, 05:38 PM   #8
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redline lightweight, lots of cars that i know
RL Shockproof lightweight, right?
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Old 01-19-2004, 12:43 PM   #9
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Originally posted by Sanctum
Glad I had e-mail notify turned on.

Here's the scoop.

I now have just over 44,000 on my car, and about 5k on the new fluid.

The first few weeks after the fluid was changed the tranny felt fine. Smooth shifting in all gears (similiar to my initial post). Unfortunately, the last couple of weeks I've been having trouble getting into first at low speeds. I'll typically get a chunky sounding grind, or it simply wont go until I come to a complete stop. The other gears are fine.

Honestly, I'm not sure that this is a fault of the fluid. I personally believe I've simply worn a synchro, and new fluid isn't going to fix a broken part (though it may postpone it's replacement).

At this point I'd have to say that I'd still reccomend the fluid.

- Brian
Brain,

I had this happen to me twice. The first gear synchro is shoot and the main shaft is piviting. Changing the oil ruglary does help but not really a solution to the problem. STI gear set from Rally Spec works very well with beefed up gears and Synchros.

Good Luck bin in you shoes and it sucks.

Now dive a EVO and do AWD dounuts all day long.
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Old 02-11-2004, 11:29 PM   #10
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Originally posted by Sanctum
Glad I had e-mail notify turned on.

Here's the scoop.

I now have just over 44,000 on my car, and about 5k on the new fluid.

The first few weeks after the fluid was changed the tranny felt fine. Smooth shifting in all gears (similiar to my initial post). Unfortunately, the last couple of weeks I've been having trouble getting into first at low speeds. I'll typically get a chunky sounding grind, or it simply wont go until I come to a complete stop. The other gears are fine.

Honestly, I'm not sure that this is a fault of the fluid. I personally believe I've simply worn a synchro, and new fluid isn't going to fix a broken part (though it may postpone it's replacement).

At this point I'd have to say that I'd still reccomend the fluid.

- Brian
i know this is a really late post, why dont you try some gm sycro mesh. i hear it works great on other cars... american cars never use them.. dunno why they even made this stuff...but alot of honda, mr2 guys swear by it....
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Old 02-15-2004, 02:39 PM   #11
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I used redline on my rx7 I would swear by it
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