In all 4-speed, 5-speed and 4-wheel drive models the transaxle and drive axle share a common supply of lubricant. On 1970-73 vehicles the lubricant level should be checked at least every 3 months/3000 miles (5000 km), whichever comes first. For 1974-80 models check the level every 6 months/6000 miles (9700 km). On 1981-84 models, check every 6 months/7500 miles (12,000 km).
Refer to the Capacities chart for the correct amount of lubricant the transaxle and drive axle in your vehicle needs. Use API GL-5 hypoid gear oil of one of the following viscosities:
The level is checked with a dipstick in much the same manner as the engine oil level. The dipstick is located on the right rear (passenger) side of the transaxle housing.
- Check the transaxle oil level with the vehicle parked on a level surface and the engine OFF .
- Remove the spare tire if necessary. Pull the dipstick out and wipe it with a clean cloth. Insert the dipstick again and then remove it.
- Hold the dipstick horizontally and check the oil level.
- The oil level should be between the upper and lower marks. If it is below this, replenish it through the dipstick opening with GL-5 hypoid 80 or 90 weight gear oil.
- Install the dipstick and install the spare tire if removed.
DRAIN AND REFILL
- Park the vehicle on a level surface. Turn engine OFF and apply the parking brake.
- Raise and support the vehicle with jackstands.
- Place a container of adequate capacity beneath the drain plug which is located underneath the vehicle, on the bottom of the transaxle housing.
- Use the proper size metric wrench to loosen the drain plug slowly, while maintaining a slight upward pressure, to keep the oil from leaking out around the plug.
- Allow all of the lubricant to drain from the transaxle, then install the drain plug and gasket (if so equipped) DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN .
- Remove the transaxle dipstick and fill the transaxle to the capacity shown in the Capacities chart. Do not overfill.
- Use the dipstick to check the oil level. It should come up to the full mark.
- Insert the dipstick and lower the vehicle.
- Check for leaks around the drain plug and check for proper transaxle/transaxle operation.