See Figure 1
Check the lubricant level at least twice a year, even more frequently if driven in deep water.
- With the van 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.
- 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.
- If not, add sufficient lubricant with a funnel and tube, or a squeeze bulb to bring it to the proper level. You can also use a common kitchen baster.
- Install the plug and tighten to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm). Road test the van and check for any leaks.
DRAIN AND REFILL
See Figure 2
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.
- Position the van on a level surface.
- Place a pan of sufficient capacity under the transmission drain plug.
- Remove the upper (fill) plug to provide a vent opening.
- Remove the lower (drain) plug and let the lubricant drain out.
- Install the drain plug and tighten to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
- Add lubricant with a suction gun or squeeze bulb.
- Reinstall the filler plug. Run the engine and check for leaks.