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I know this sounds dumn, but, I was thinking of things to do before I get my car running and take it out. The tranny came to mind, I thought maybe I should check the fluid, and it dawned on me I dont know where or how to, and what kind of fluid to add when i do find it?! Sorry for my ignorance, But please help

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Didn't say anything about a factory manual. Haynes manuals are under $10 on eBay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7954911651&category=34229

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If you have shop manuals, they will tell you what fluid to use in the trans and will likely have pictures of the fill point. I'm not trying to be harsh on you, but these are simple questions that can be answered by 5 minutes of flipping pages in a book instead of waiting 2-3 hours, or a day for someone to respond to your thread.

Haynes Manual

Chilton manual

Clymers manual

Autobooks

etc

FWIW,

80/90 wt Gear Oil (API GL 4) for trans.

80/90 wt. Gear Oil (API GL 5) for Diff.

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I was going to tell you to read the haynes manual, but after flipping through it, it doesnt actually tell you how to change the gearbox fluid. Doesn't even have a picture of a the drain and fill plugs. Does tell you how much oil and what type, just not how to get it in.

FYI, the Drain plug is on the bottom of the gearbox, BUT BEFORE YOU DRAIN THE OIL, make sure you can undo the fill plug, which is half way up the side of the 'box. Otherwise you end up with an empty gearbox and no easy way to get the oil back in.

The oil level should be filled up to the level of the fill plug, as far as i know.

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As the guys said above, "check the fill plug first", is good advice. Getting a Factory Service manual is even better advice.

Now, to check the level, remove the fill plug and sick your finger into the case. If you touch oil. The level is fine. But you should change the oil if it's an unknown factor. After you check the fill plug. Remove the drain plug and catch the old oil. It will be disturbing to see the amount of metal pieces in this oil, but hopfully you will not find any large chunks. Clean the drain plug magnet. It mostly there to trap the metal than as a diagnostic! Let the case drip dry (about 30 minutes). Replace the drain and pump in new oil. I like RedLine Oils MTL <Manual Transmission Light) but there are others bost less and more costly. 3.5 quarts (?) (somebody correct this).

If you cannot remove the fill plug, remove the reverse switch and use that as your fill port.

I bought a 1 gallon mustard pump jar from the restruant supply (Smart and Final Stores in L.A.) for my dedicated tranny oil pump. Fill the case untill it starts dripping from the fill port and you're done.

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I was going to tell you to read the haynes manual, but after flipping through it, it doesnt actually tell you how to change the gearbox fluid. Doesn't even have a picture of a the drain and fill plugs. Does tell you how much oil and what type, just not how to get it in.

Not trying to be argumentative, but common sense should tell a person that a drain plug has to be at a low point on the trans/diff and upon inspection there is only one possibility. Simple to look for a "plug". Fill point location is somewhat more ambigous, but a quick looksee shows only two possibilities (actual fill plug and reverse lamp switch which are side by side and at same level) and no other "openings" to the trans case,

You can also fill by pulling the Reverse Lamp Switch. (right next to the fill port)

EDIT: Guess Victor beat me to it.

BTW, Use Anti-Seize on the Fill and Drain plugs to prevent future difficulty in removing them

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Great guys thanks for the info, ya like i said I tried to look in the manual but it said diddily. Another guy I talked to here were I live said to use like 30 heavy weight oil to fill it. I don't know if this guy even knows what he is talking about. What is the best in your opinions?

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But seriously what type does everyone use??

DON'T DIGNIFY THE STUPID COMMENT WITH A ANSWER. I just took a look in my Clymer manual and it gives a discription of the drain and fill plugs and the location , it also states that full is 1/4'' BELOW the level of the fill plug. 90W gear oil with a API GL-4 API GL-5 for the diff.

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I guess like i have said many times before, my shop manual must not be the right one, it tells me very little, no no make that nothing about where or how to check, the tranny fluid and what to use. I do trust the shop manual that i have even though its lack on somethings and i do trust the post, and i did read your post #6 and #10.

Thank you Carl

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I think if you have as most people here do a good selection of manuals , factory haynes and other coverall types of guides you can piece together the proper way, I find that researching tasks on this website as well as any of the regular manuals provides plenty of info , most all info on working on a 240z can be searched in the forums, and the books add a nice pic or diagram, not trying to push you from an answer in reguard to the books but one single one isn't the best other than a full factory manual. But reading about the expierences and errors some members have had when doing tasks is much better , saves time and money most of the time. Most all of the things that can be done to a z can be found here or hybridz, Good Luck

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Not trying to be argumentative, but common sense.....

Gotta stop you right there bambi.

Cant assume that everyone is as smart as you or me.

Some people have none of it. Some peole fill there radiator full of oil and their engine full of coolant. Some people fill the engine full of oil untill the rocker cover is full of it.

Some people never check the oil and water and wonder why they engine dies.

I hear sawdust quiets down noisy gearboxes too.

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Well i have some car smarts, I am 20 yrs old I have restored my 1967 firebird I bought when i was 15. I do know somethings about cars! I just don't like to F*CK things up when I know I can check several places before doing it and one of those places is this web site and you guys!!

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