Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts New!  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
How often to change Tranny fluid?
Forum Index -> Vanagon Share: Facebook Twitter
This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies.
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Lunabus
Samba Member


Joined: November 28, 2006
Posts: 108
Location: Los Angeles
Lunabus is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: How often to change Tranny fluid? Reply with quote

Hi,

I have a 1986 manual transmission weekender.

How often should I replace the transmission fluid and what is the best quality fluid to buy?

Thanks!!

GB
_________________
1986 wolfsburg weekender w/pop top...
1981 FXWG Harley Davidson Shovelhead...
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Classifieds Feedback
riceye
Samba Member


Joined: March 09, 2006
Posts: 1555
Location: Caledonia, WI
riceye is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The search will set you free...

11 page discussion on gear oils

From what I have gathered, three years or 50,000 miles is a good plan.

That said, here is what I used most recently. Swepco 201 would be another good choice.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
[/img]

I'm sure others will add opinions!
_________________
'87 Westy Weekender - daily driver on salt-free roads

There's gonna be some changes made.

I find that things usually go well right up until the moment they don't. - Ahwahnee

"Quality isn't method. It's the goal toward which the method is aimed." - Socrates, later quoted by R.M. Pirsig
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Ahwahnee
Samba Member


Joined: June 05, 2010
Posts: 9246
Location: Mt Lemmon, AZ
Ahwahnee is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Redline MT90. Available on Amazon and other fine stores.

In my opinion, one can over-think this -- there are many good choices that will be fine for most driving habits. The 3-year/50K interval seems about right.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Merian
Samba Member


Joined: January 04, 2014
Posts: 5199
Location: Orygun
Merian is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when was it last changed?

if unknown, put any decent oil in that meets the spec. in your owner's manual; run it for 500 miles & repeat but for 1,400 miles (or 1 year if low miles/year)

then put in Swepco and run it for 3 years
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Lunabus
Samba Member


Joined: November 28, 2006
Posts: 108
Location: Los Angeles
Lunabus is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the replies and link, I was looking for the tranny oil thread...

Is there an advantage thats worth the effort to track down some of this exotic tranny oil like Swepco over just going to the local guy who specializes in Vanagons and having him put in what his German OEM suggestion and habit has him doing?

I had Redline in there, been about 5 years now, so change is desperate...
_________________
1986 wolfsburg weekender w/pop top...
1981 FXWG Harley Davidson Shovelhead...
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Classifieds Feedback
kustomizingkid
Samba Member


Joined: October 16, 2014
Posts: 142
Location: Minneapolis, MN
kustomizingkid is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am also a fan of doing multiple short interval flushes until the oil comes out looking good. The price of a trans rebuild makes Swepco/Amsoil/Redline look cheap.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
djkeev Premium Member
Samba Moderator


Joined: September 30, 2007
Posts: 27561
Location: Reading Pennsylvania
djkeev is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm...... Oil discussion.... Please use the dedicated thread to continue with any questions or recommendations.
Rules are rules kids!

Thanks for understanding.
Dave
_________________
Stop Dead Photo Links how to post photos

Ghia
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=392473

Vanagon
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6315537#6315537

Beetle
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=482968&highlight=74+super+vert
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies.    Forum Index -> Vanagon All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2020, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB