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Changing gearbox oil?

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Car is due its servicing this week and I am able to do everything that is due apart from the fact ive never changed gearbox oil on any car. Could anyone assist me into how to do it/how easy it is (or not?). Cant find anything on the forum so far so apologies if there is. Is it just a case of draining and then refilling with new oil? If so where is the drain plug?
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 14th August 2012, 11:47
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id also be intersted in knowing how easy/or not this is to do
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I did mine a few weeks ago, and it's not difficult. Once you remove the under-body tray, you will see the drain plug at the bottom front of the gearbox. It takes a 3/8 inch square drive. About 3 inches above it is a smaller bolt, which is the level plug - remove this and fill the gearbox until oil comes out.

The filling plug is located on the top of the gearbox, and is accessed by removing the air cleaner. It also takes a 3/8 inch square drive.

Don't forget to replace the copper washers on the 3 plugs. And I suggest you use genuine Honda gearbox oil. I was surprised how much smoother and lighter my gear changes were after the change.
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When I've fixed this diesel mg I've just bought for pence and shifted on I will get round to doing this. Seem pretty straight forward
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Why do you need to replace the gearbox oil. it not listed under the maintenance schedule?
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Why do you need to replace the gearbox oil. it not listed under the maintenance schedule?
I thought it was a 75k jobbie
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I will be changing mine as I get a slightly knotchy 3rd gear which i know is the synchro wearing but i have heard it can be helped with a decent gearbox oil change
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Yeap! 75,000 miles listed in the service schedule
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Only use Honda MTF chaps
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I changed mine a few weeks ago with Amsoil Syncro MTF. It made a nice difference to the feel of the shift. It wasn't due yet but IMO 5 years is way too long for any fluid to be in a car. I tend to change all fluids twice as often as recommended.

Personally I'd change the gearbox oil after 40k or 2.5 years.

Oilman (Opie) does the Amsoil for a decent price
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Only use Honda MTF chaps
Really?

I just bought some for my car from Opie Oils for my service which im now having next Wednesday. I bought one of the 3 they recommend, i got Motul Motylgear 75w-80 gearbox oil.

I got 2 x 1 Litre bottles of it, was told it only needs 2 litres so i bloody hope so, lol.

I'm no expert so i hope the gearbox oil i got will be ok!
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It's widely regrded as the best oil out there for us, MTF3 is the exact one you want.

I had a change done a while back and you do notice the difference, also take the car for a casual 5 minute drive to warm and thin the oil first, it makes removal so much quicker, make sure the car is level as you can and warm gear oil stinks lol.


Also don't do what a friend done and refill before putting the bottom bung in lol
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Any chance someone can do a proper How To with pics etc for us new to these jobs. Easy or not, photos help a great deal for me. I'm still learning my way round the engine !
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It's widely regrded as the best oil out there for us, MTF3 is the exact one you want.

I had a change done a while back and you do notice the difference, also take the car for a casual 5 minute drive to warm and thin the oil first, it makes removal so much quicker, make sure the car is level as you can and warm gear oil stinks lol.


Also don't do what a friend done and refill before putting the bottom bung in lol

Ahh, never mind i guess.

I did want the best i can afford for the car, but i picked this oil just from Opie Oil's recommendations.

It shouldn't hurt, I hope?
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Thanks to all who offered advice and answers. It helped alot and now I have changed the oil I have made a quick how to on how to do it. So thanks again in particular pjg50
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Is the procedure for the 2.2 the same as the rest of the models?
Looking at doing this to my type r.
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Just actually finished doing mine tonight on my type r. Only thing I removed was the little metal under tray and acessed everything that way. Did have access to a pit, so that helped alot lol .....Ran a filler tube through the n/s wheel and filled it that way - used Amsol - Did take exactly 2 quarts to fill.
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My gearshifts seem to be a bit harsh recently, would replacing the gearbox oil solve this problem?
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Highly likely, but the only way to know for sure is to try. Mine was feeling 'harsh', too. Not crunching or anything, but it didn't feel right. AMSoil sorted it for me.
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