FLUID LEVEL CHECK
Each time the engine oil is changed, the fluid level of the transaxle should be checked.
- Raise the vehicle and evenly support it by placing jackstands on the front and back, or on a lift, if available.
- Remove the transaxle filler plug, located on the upper front (driver's side) of the transaxle with a 9 / 16 in. wrench or a 3 / 8 inch. extension and ratchet.
The filler plug has a hex-head or it has a flat surface with a cut-in3/8in. square box. Do not mistake any other bolts for the filler. Damage to the transaxle could occur if the wrong plug is removed.
- The oil level should be even with the edge of the filler hole or within 1 / 4 in. (6mm) of the hole. If the oil level is not as specified, add the recommended lubricant until the proper level is reached.
A rubber bulb syringe, such as a turkey baster, will be helpful in adding the recommended lubricant.
- After the transaxle is filled to the correct fluid level, install the filler plug and tighten the plug to 9-15 ft. lbs. (12-20 Nm).
DRAIN & REFILL
Changing the fluid in a manual transaxle is not necessary under normal operating conditions. However, the fluid levels should be checked at normal intervals. The only two ways to drain the oil from the transaxle is by removing it and then turning the transaxle on its side to drain or by using a suction tool. When refilling the transaxle, the lubricant level should be even with the edge of the filler hole or within 1 / 4 inch. (6mm) of the hole.