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How to check manual transmission fluid


Before you begin

  • Refer to your service manual to find out what transmission fluid your gearbox requires and how frequently it should be changed. 
  • Get a cloth or a roll of paper towel.
How to check the manual transmission fluid level:
  • Park your car on a horizontal, stable surface. Disengage the clutch and apply the handbrake.
  • Make sure the engine has been switched off for at least 2 minutes so that the oil is "resting" and at the bottom of the sump.
  • If your car has been used for more than 30 minutes, allow the engine to rest for a few minutes so that the transmission fluid can cool down. This is important for your safety, as well as ensuring that the results are not biased.
  • Refer to your service manual to in order to locate the gearbox's filling cap and find out what type of spanner you need in order to unscrew it.
  • Open the filling cap and check the level: it should be just beneath the cap.
  • Given that there is no gauge, you may use a metal stem or screwdriver in order to probe the oil level and find out how high it is in the sump.
  • Note: the oil may also overflow. If this happens, then it is at the right level. Quickly replace the cap.
  • Remember to screw the filling cap back on in accordance with the instructions in the user manual.

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