Mazda 323/MX-3/626/MX-6/Millenia/Protégé 1990-1998 and Ford Probe 1993-1997

Manual Transaxle (MTX)

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



For 1990-92 vehicles, Mazda recommends using SAE 75W-90 (GL-4 or GL-5) or Dexron®II Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) for all-season protection and SAE 80W-90 (GL-4 or GL-5) for use in sustained temperatures above 0°F (-18°C).

For 1993-98 vehicles Mazda recommends using SAE 75W-90 (GL-4 or GL-5) for all-season protection and SAE 80W-90 (GL-4 or GL-5) for use in sustained temperatures above 50°F (10°C).

LEVEL CHECK



1990-93 Vehicles Except MX-3 with G5M-R Transaxle, 323 4WD and 1993 626/MX-6/Probe

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Park the car on a level surface. Apply the parking brake.
  2.  
  3. If equipped with a digital instrument cluster, disconnect the harness from the speed sensor assembly located on the transaxle housing.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the speedometer cable or speed sensor harness plug from the driven gear assembly, as well as the retaining bolt (arrow)



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Fig. Fig. 2: Pull the speedometer driven gear assembly from the transaxle and, using the gear as a dipstick, read the fluid level

  1. If equipped with an analog instrument cluster, disconnect the speedometer cable from the speedometer driven gear assembly located on the transaxle housing.
  2.  
  3. Remove the retaining bolt and pry out the speedometer driven gear assembly or the vehicle speed sensor from the transaxle housing.
  4.  
  5. Check the fluid level on the speedometer driven gear assembly or the vehicle speed sensor assembly. The level should be at the full mark, just above the gear teeth.
  6.  
  7. If the level is low, place a funnel in the driven gear or sensor opening in the transaxle and pour in the necessary amount of fluid. Recheck the fluid level.
  8.  
  9. Install the speedometer driven gear or speed sensor and connect the cable or harness.
  10.  

MX-3 with G5M-R Transaxle, 323 4WD, 1993 626/MX-6/Probe and All 1994-98 vehicles

See Figure 3

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
  2.  
  3. Remove the oil level plug and washer.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: To check the fluid level, remove the inspection/fill plug from the side of the case. If the level is below the plug, add oil until full

  1. Using a cotton swab or similar item, verify that the oil is near the bottom of the plug port.
  2.  
  3. If the oil level is low, add oil through the oil level plug hole.
  4.  
  5. Install a new washer to the oil level plug and tighten the plug to 29-43 ft. lbs. (40-58 Nm).
  6.  

DRAIN & REFILL



See Figures 4, 5, 6 and 7



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Fig. Fig. 4: To drain the transaxle, position a drain pan and loosen the transaxle drain plug



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the drain plug, using care to not burn yourself with the hot fluid, and allow the fluid to drain into the pan



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Fig. Fig. 6: Thoroughly clean the drain plug ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... and replace the sealing washer with a new one

1990-93 Vehicles Except MX-3 with G5M-R Transaxle, 323 4WD and 1993 626/MX-6/Probe

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Slide a drain pan under the transaxle. Remove the speedometer driven gear or speed sensor on the top of the transaxle case.
  4.  
  5. Remove the drain plug on the bottom of the transaxle case.
  6.  
  7. When the fluid has been completely drained, install the drain plug and tighten to 29-43 ft. lbs. (39-59 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Fill the transaxle to the proper level.
  10.  
  11. Install the speedometer driven gear or speed sensor. Lower the vehicle.
  12.  

MX-3 with G5M-R Transaxle, 323 4WD, 1993 626/MX-6/Probe and All 1994-98 vehicles

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Slide a drain pan under the transaxle. Remove the drain plug and the washer and drain the oil into the drain pan.
  4.  
  5. Remove the oil level plug and the washer from the side of the transaxle case.
  6.  
  7. When the fluid has been completely drained, install the drain plug with a new washer and tighten to 29-43 ft. lbs. (40-58 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Fill the transaxle through the oil level plug hole until the fluid level reaches the bottom of the oil level plug hole.
  10.  
  11. Install the oil level plug with a new washer and tighten to 29-43 ft. lbs. (40-58 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Lower the vehicle.
  14.  

 
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