My beater '89 Tempo has 201k miles on it. While in for warranty
alignment #x, I asked them to change the manual transaxle oil, having
last done it at 150k. They refused, citing the possibility of causing
leaks or something.
Why? I watched the Jiffy Lube guy do it 50k ago, and used a hose to get
all the dirty gear oil out of it, then just re-filled it to the plug
level. What do they usually do? I have never done a FWD clutch or
trans R&R job.
These don't have a drain plug? Well, if sucking the oil out with a hose and
then refilling it is the only way, there is nothing wrong with that, except
for the fact that is has only 50K on the new oil-does it look that bad? BTW,
what is a "warranty alignment" at over 200K?
It was just the way they did it. He seemed sure of himself, and checked
the level. He knew I was watching, and said "few people actually ask
I honestly forget from my oil changes and crap where *exactly* that plug
is, I don't usually look there. I don't remember seeing a plug on the
I don't know what the fluid looks like, but my synchros are wearing ever
further down, and I thought it might be a good "while it's in there,
been 50k more" thing.
I am trying to get as many miles outta this sucker as I can, so I can
put all the $ I'd send to a bank on a newer car into my '67 Mustang.
Thought it might be cheap insurance.
HA! Good question. It's a lifetime alignment Firestone foolishly
offered to this Tempo owner six years ago. And one they have done 5 or
6 of them by now... BANG, hit a pothole, get it checked!
Yeah, he mentioned that as an equivalent - "like an automatic". I
thought, "but it's a stick" and was late to get back to work so I left,
a bit confused. I have also only owned two automatics in the past 17
years, both as "one-year" cars. And they were up in the 125 - 150k
range so I didn't even think of it as long as the level was full hot.
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