Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Transfer Carrier

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Only 323s with 4-wheel drive (4WD) are equipped with transfer carriers. Under "normal" operating conditions, the oil in the transfer carrier should be replaced every 60,000 miles (96,618 km).

FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



Use API GL-5 oils: SAE 90 above 0°F (-18°C) and SAE 80W below 0°F (-18°C).

LEVEL CHECK



Check the fluid level in the transfer carrier a least once a year. To check the oil level, make sure the vehicle is on level ground and then remove the fill/check plug. The fluid level should be just below the plug opening. Add the proper amount of oil as necessary and install the fill/check plug.

DRAIN AND REFILL



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Remove the fill/check plug on the side of the transfer carrier, using a proper size socket or open end wrench.
  2.  
  3. Position a drain pan under the carrier and remove the drain plug, using a proper size socket or open end wrench. Drain the carrier, then reinstall the drain plug.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Transfer carrier fill/check plug-323 with 4WD



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Fig. Fig. 2: Transfer carrier drain plug-323 with 4WD

  1. Add 0.53 qt. (0.50 liter) of the appropriate fluid through the fill/check opening, using a turkey baster or equivalent syringe type pump.
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  3. Reinstall the fill/check plug and remove the drain pan.
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