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Old 04-03-2006, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default How do I check my MT oil level?

If my gear oil is crystal clear? My gear oil (MolyLube 75W90 synth) is like water. I'm pretty sure I put in between 3.6 and 3.8 quarts, but for like life of me I can't read the dipstick except to see that there is a drop forming on the tip when I pull it out. And frankly, I don't know that I like the way this stuff feels in my gear box. Getting into all gears except first is nicer, but first sucks now. It doesn't want to get into gear at any speed about 2mph, and twice when trying to drop into first at about 5mph (with the clutch fully depressed) it offered very little resistance but grinded bigtime trying to get in... and I was giving it a very light touch.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:40 AM   #2
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you check it the same way you check the engine oil....

Pull the dip stick out, wipe it off, and stick her in again, and pull out...

then have a look see where on the stick it reached... It helps to be in a well-lit area though..

Oh, and make sure the car is parked on a level surface.... Oh... and I always like to take the reading after the car has been sitting overnight...

Perhaps it is time to try a different fluid? How about Uncle Scotty's cocktail?

Good luck
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:52 AM   #3
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You fill your gear box with vodka and see if you can read the dip stick!
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Old 04-03-2006, 12:07 PM   #4
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I had a similar problem when working on an Excursion AT. Clean the dip stick with lacquer thinner and make sure it is dry before re-inserting. When you pull out the dipstick, hold it under a work light and look for the wet/dry line.
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Old 04-04-2006, 05:27 PM   #5
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you check it the same way you check the engine oil....

Pull the dip stick out, wipe it off, and stick her in again, and pull out...

then have a look see where on the stick it reached... It helps to be in a well-lit area though..

Oh, and make sure the car is parked on a level surface.... Oh... and I always like to take the reading after the car has been sitting overnight...

Perhaps it is time to try a different fluid? How about Uncle Scotty's cocktail?

Good luck

Im pretty sure hes not a retard. Its very hard to read the level on brand new synthetic oil, espically that weight.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:22 AM   #6
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Now I'm glad I used Lightweight Shockproof/MTL90 blend in mine. No missing that goofy blue fluid...
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:32 AM   #7
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Your dipstick has a tiny hole in it. If it's full the hole will hold fluid to let you know it's full. At least mine does.
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Old 04-07-2006, 02:56 AM   #8
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Quote:
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You fill your gear box with vodka and see if you can read the dip stick!
dunno man... I can read mine pretty easily.... you can see where the fluid reaches on the dipstick, even though the colour differentiation is not there...
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Old 04-07-2006, 02:59 AM   #9
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Im pretty sure hes not a retard. Its very hard to read the level on brand new synthetic oil, espically that weight.
Don;t get me wrong, I'm not suggesting he is retarded or anything

It is hard to read, yes, but the same rules apply though.... It helps to have a bright light overhead though I find....
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