The 1984-86 manual transaxles use ATF+3 type automatic transaxle fluid. The 1987-95 manual transaxles use SG or SG/CD SAE 5W-30 engine oil. All automatic transaxles use AFT+3 type automatic transaxle fluid. Under normal operating conditions, periodic fluid changes are not required. If the vehicle is operating under severe operating conditions change the fluid (M/T), or fluid and filter (A/T) every 15,000 miles.
FLUID LEVEL CHECK
See Figures 1 and 2
- The fluid level is checked by removing the fill plug on the end cover side of the transaxle.
- The fluid level should be between the top of the fill hole and a point not more than 1 / 8 in. (3mm) below the bottom of the fill hole.
- Add fluid as necessary. Secure the fill plug.
See Figures 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
When checking the fluid level, the condition of the fluid should be observed. If severe darkening of the fluid and a strong odor are present, the fluid, filter and pan gasket (RTV sealant) should be changed and watched closely for the next few hundred miles. If the fresh fluid also turns color, the vehicle should be taken to a qualified service center.
- Make sure the vehicle is on level ground. The engine should be at normal operating temperatures, if possible.
- Apply the parking brake, start the engine and move the gear selector through each position. Place the selector in the PARK position.
- Remove the dipstick and determine if the fluid is warm or hot.
- Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert until fully seated. Remove and take note of the fluid level.
- If the fluid is hot, the reading should be in the crosshatched area marked HOT .
- If the fluid is warm, the fluid level should be in the area marked WARM .
- If the fluid level checks low, add enough fluid (ATF+3) through the fill tube, to bring the level within the marks appropriate for average temperature of the fluid.
- Insert the dipstick and recheck the level. Make sure the dipstick is fully seated to prevent dirt from entering. Do not overfill the transaxle.
DRAIN AND REFILL
See Figure 8
- Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
- Remove the undercarriage splash shield if it will interfere with fluid change.
- Position a drain pan underneath the end of the transaxle and remove the differential end cover where the fill plug is located. Loosen the bolt slightly and pry the lower edge away so that the fluid will drain.
- Remove the cover completely. Clean the gasket surfaces of the case and cover. Clean the magnet located on the cover.
- Use an even 1 / 8 in. (3mm) bead of RTV sealant to form a gasket on the cover and reinstall on the transaxle case.
- Refill the transaxle with the correct fluid. (Refer to Transaxle Fluid Recommendations earlier in this section.)
Filter replacement is recommended when the fluid is changed. Refer to Drive Train for required procedures.