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Old 12-10-2006, 04:19 PM
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Angry ZF tranny fil plug stripped out.....

i was servicing the tranny and t-case today and me being the smart guy i am drained the tranny first without cracking the fill plug loose first . when i went to fill tranny with lube the fill plug wouldn't budge even with braker bar. long story short i ended up stripping the thing up pretty bad. now i need to fill it before my upcoming road trip.

im wondering if i can fill the tranny from the shifter just u ntill i can get my rig to a shop/dealer to have the fill plug replaced? thank's FatMan
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Old 12-10-2006, 04:23 PM
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I honestly dont know how long it will take to drain down..but you should be able to fill it from there. The fluid spec is 3.4(call it three and a half) quarts....
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:05 PM
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how well it would fill was one of the things i was worried about. mercon V is pretty thin so im hoping it wont take long but i wont complain as long as i can fill it from the shifter.

Marc you wouldn't happen to know if theres anything special i have to know about taking the shifter apart besides making sure it's in neutral when i pull it?
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its been a while since i have had a ZF 5spd out...i think they are the same as a 6 speed as far as the shifter

Assuming they are...there will be four phillips head screws holding the plastic base of the shift boot down....once those are removed...then there are 6 total 6mm allen screws holding down the top of the sifter. Once those are removed you can just pull the shifter strait up. Gear position doesnt matter....as long as the "ball" ends up back in the "socket" when your done...
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:20 PM
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thank's i appreciate the help...
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I may not know much , but, I think the drain plug thread is a pipe thread = plumbing pipe.
use a 1" nippel and an elbow and make a L turn up with 6' more pipe thin just a pipe cap plug.
Seams like we used to do that with 18 weelers in the 70s , But that was a few years back
JF
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Old 01-12-2007, 09:17 PM
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tranny filled perfect from the shifter. actually it filled better from the shifter than it would have from the side. the only thing is taking the shifter on and off. it sucks cuz theres small peces you have to look out for and the allan heads that hold the shifter in are hard to get to so it's a slow time going to get them off. other than that it filled fast. im not worried about the plug it'll be another 30K before i service the tranny again.
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