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Gearbox oil changes

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by Green88, Apr 16, 2020.

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  1. Green88

    Green88 Member

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    I checked the oil in the overdrive, main and transfer boxes today (the things you do on a day off from work!). Overdrive and main just needed a top up, but the transfer box, though ‘full’ was so black I decided to do a full change.

    No real dramas to report, now I’ve realised the best way to undo the inspection nuts is to use a metal bar to increase leverage....

    The one thing that’s not ideal, is how I end up with loads of oil on the garage floor. Any way of avoiding this?! I always laugh at the way you can only know if the ‘box has enough oil is if it dribbled out of the hole down your arm!
     
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    Annoying, I have overdrive on mine too and find the oil moves between boxes , ie it gets pumped towards OD which gets over full, i commandeered the turkey roasting dish bit enough to catch the spurts and the volume
    Sometimes I put a big plastic sheet down too
     
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    I've had plenty of gear oil in what's left of my hair as well as all over the drive. Having plenty of rags available helps, sheets , and a drive I don't care about.
    I had very black oil from the main box last year, and some "bits" and then soon after a new / refurbished gearbox. Earlier this year I went wading too deep by mistake and had water in just about everything so it was quite milky looking then...
     
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    I use a pump bottle with a bent over tube, I poke my finger in the hole while I pump and feel for the oil coming up to level. This also means I can keep my finger there while I reach for the filler. Not perfect and I smell like the cats peed on me, but not much on the floor.
     
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