GM Full Size Vans 1967-1986 Repair Guide

Manual Transmission

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FLUID RECOMMENDATION



Where ambient temperatures are consistently above freezing, use SAE 80W-90 GL-5. For vehicles normally operated in cold climates, use SAE 80W GL-5 gear lubricant.

FLUID LEVEL CHECK



Check the lubricant level at the interval specified in the maintenance chart.

  1. With the truck parked on a level surface, remove the filler plug from the side of the transmission case. Be careful not to take out the drain plug at the bottom.
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  3. If lubricant begins to trickle out of the hole, there is enough. If not, carefully insert a finger (watch out for sharp threads) and check that the level is up to the edge of the hole.
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  5. If not, add sufficient lubricant with a funnel and tube, or a squeeze bulb to bring it to the proper level.
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  7. Replace the plug and check for leaks.
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DRAIN AND REFILL



No intervals are specified for changing the transmission lubricant, but it is a good idea on a used vehicle, one that has been worked hard, or one driven in deep water. The vehicle should be on a level surface and the lubricant should be at operating temperature.

  1. Position the truck on a level surface.
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  3. Place a pan of sufficient capacity under the transmission drain plug.
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  5. Remove the upper (fill) plug to provide a vent opening.
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  7. Remove the lower (drain) plug and let the lubricant drain out. The 1976-82 Tremec top cover 3-speed is drained by removing the lower extension housing bolt.
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  9. Replace the drain plug.
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  11. Add lubricant with a suction gun or squeeze bulb.
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  13. Reinstall the filler plug. Run the engine and check for leaks.
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