All change for the gearbox oil in my V6 today, Dawn had driven her for five miles an hour or so before I intended to start work so I added another six in order to get the gearbox oil up to the required temperature of in excess of 80° C but when I returned home and plugged in my Lexia to check on the oil temperature I found that it was only 69° so another 10 minutes were spent in the drive with snow mode engaged and the handbrake applied whilst I revved the engine periodically in order to generate heat within the oil.
With the oil temperature at 84° I removed the drain plug then when oil stopped flowing I briefly turned the engine over for a second or two which in combination with jacking the car from every corner in turn to drain out as much oil as possible I managed to drain 4.5 litres out (normally only 3 litres drain) so a good result. Not so good is the time it took to refill the box as I couldn't find my long wide tube I use to attach the bottle of gearbox oil, so I was resigned to using a small funnel and windscreen washer pipe
it took a couple of hours to refill the box and what didn't help was an occasional sleet shower which eventually turned into a full blown thunderstorm
final checks on the oil level will now have to wait for the morning, well what else would you normally do on Christmas Eve?
The car has only done 59,000 miles and I've already changed the gearbox oil twice in quick succession just after buying it which is now 10,000 miles ago but even so the drained oil shows contamination, looking like oil removed from a petrol engine after say 5,000 miles rather than the clear golden colour of fresh oil. When I get time I'll take photo's of the new and old oil to show the difference. I now regard changing the gearbox oil on a V6 as service must do item every 10,000 miles as I'd prefer to avoid the palaver Jim has been going through recently
Earlier this week I wired in one of those rechargeable glovebox torch sockets to my HDi that I'd removed from a BMW being broken some time ago, the only problem I've got is finding somewhere to mount it other than have it laying in the cointray as it is at the moment, all (sensible
) suggestions welcome.