Mazda Trucks 1972-1986 Repair Guide

Manual Transmission

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See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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Fig. Fig. 1: Oil drain plug (A) and fill plug (B) locations for 1972-84 manual transmissions(except rotary engines)



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Fig. Fig. 2: Oil drain plug (A) and fill plug (B) locations for rotary engine manual transmission



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Fig. Fig. 3: 1986 manual transmission fill plug locationthe drain plug can be seen on the bottom of the case



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Fig. Fig. 4: Loosening the manual transmission oil level check plugif some oil trickles out when this plug is removed, the transmission is full; otherwise, it should be at the level of the hole



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Fig. Fig. 5: To drain the manual transmission, leave the oil level check plug out and remove the lower drain plug

LEVEL CHECK



  1. Clean the dirt away from the area of the filler plug.
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  3. Jack the truck if necessary and support it on jackstands.
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  5. Remove the filler plug from the case. The filler plug is the one on the side of the case. Do not remove the plug from the bottom of the case unless you wish to drain the transmission.
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  7. If lubricant flows from the area of the filler plug as it is removed, the level is satisfactory. If lubricant does not flow from the filler hole when the plug is removed, add enough of the specified lubricant to bring the level to the bottom of the filler hole with the truck in a level position.
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DRAIN AND REFILL



The same procedure is used for both 4-speed and 5-speed transmission, but note that 5-speed transmission have two filler plugs and two drain plugs. Thus, to drain the 5-speed, both drain plugs must be removed, and to fill it, both filler plugs must be removed. The truck should be parked on a level surface, and the transmission should be at normal operating temperature (oil hot).

  1. With the truck parked on a level surface (parking brake applied), place a pan of at least four quarts capacity under the transmission drain plug(s).
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  3. Remove the filler plug(s) to provide a vent; this will speed the draining process.
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  5. Remove the drain plug(s) and allow the old oil to drain into the pan.
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  7. Clean the drain plug(s) thoroughly and replace. Tighten to 15-20 ft. lbs. if you have a torque wrench handy; otherwise, just snug the plug or plugs in. Overtightening will strip the aluminum threads in the case.
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  9. Add lubricant through the filler plug(s) until it comes right up to the edge of the filler hole. Use SAE 90 EP gear oil. It usually comes in a squeeze bottle with a nozzle attached to the cap, but you can use a squeeze bulb or suction gun for additions.
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  11. Install the filler plug(s). Tightening torque is 15-20 ft. lbs. Check for leaks after the truck has been driven for a few miles.
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