The manual transaxle is a front wheel drive powertrain unit. The transmission and differential are housed in a two piece light weight aluminum alloy housing which is bolted directly to the back of the engine.
The transaxle is fully synchronized in all forward gears with reverse provided by a sliding gear. All gears, except reverse, are helical cut for quiet operation.
The manual transaxle and engine assembly are mounted transversely in the vehicle.
In some areas, Dexron fluid may only be available in a type 3. There is little difference between type 2, and type 3 and each may be interchanged.
FLUID LEVEL CHECK
See Figures 1 and 2
Each time the engine oil is changed, the fluid level of the transaxle should be checked. The vehicle must be evenly supported on jackstands (front and back) or on a lift, if available. To check the fluid, make sure the engine is OFF, remove the filler plug, (round headed 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 rachet.
The filler plug/bolt 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/bolt 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.
DRAIN AND REFILL
See Figures 3 and 4
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 fully, 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.