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Old 09-16-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Amsoil Severe Gear 75W90

I haven't read too much about this stuff on here yet, so wanted to post my findings. I just swapped out my tranny fluid again. As a history, I did this for the first time around 42.5k after getting some grinding into 3rd gear. I originally swapped with straight Valvoline 75W90 dino gear oil but the grinds didn't go away. I drained a little less than 1 Qt. of that and put in some Penzoil Synchromesh. That more less stopped my grinding, but I got worried about not having GL-5 rated fluid in there.

So yesterday, I drained the whole tranny again and this time refilled with Amsoil Severe Gear 75W90. It's GL-5 and MT-1 rated, so should be good enough rating wise for our trannys. I guess this stuff is supposed to be replacing the 2000 series Amsoil oil, but this stuff isn't blue like the 2000 stuff suppositively was (I never used it so can't confirm).

About 40-50 miles later and so far so good. No real physical difference in shifting performance. But there are still no grinds into 3rd. *crosses fingers* I only ended up putting in 3.2 quarts or so, so not all the old stuff got out. But there shouldn't be more than 0.1 qt of synchomesh in anymore, by my estimates.

I'll keep you posted if I experience anything bad with this stuff further down the road.
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Old 09-16-2005, 11:51 AM   #2
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Doh. I meant to post this in the Transmission forum. Can a mod move it for me?
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:25 PM   #3
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We have been using the Amsoil lube for a few months and about 3000 miles... No grinds, misses or noises... Works great....


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Old 09-17-2005, 08:25 AM   #4
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Since the 2000 is known to be too slick for our tranny's, I thought the Severe Gear might be as well. Keep us posted.

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Old 09-17-2005, 08:45 AM   #5
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Since the 2000 is known to be too slick for our tranny's, I thought the Severe Gear might be as well. Keep us posted.

-Dennis
Yup, me too. I was worried about having that Synchromesh in there so I put in the standard GL-5 stuff back in my tranny thinking that I'd just take it back to the dealership if 3rd started giving me problems again. To my pleasant surprise, the synchro grinds in 3rd haven't come back yet. I guess I still have a tiny bit of synchromesh in there from the 0.5 qts of fluid that didn't drain out, but of that 0.5 it was about a 2.5:1 mixture of dino 75W90 to synchromesh. I don't know if that's enough to help my synchros out?

I'll post again when I get a few hundred more miles on my tranny.
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