Just to be sure..... I'm a software engineer thus diligence and paranoia
are part of my job requirements :)
I unscrewed the oil level checker plug on the front of the gearbox (yes
I'm sure I got the right one) and was rewarded with a strong trickle of
escaping gear oil. 5-10ml escaped before I got the plug back in. As I
read the Haynes book the level when the car is level (which it was) is
supposed to be 5-10mm below the bottom of the filler hole. I just want
to ask whether the Haynes book is wrong (which I doubt as it makes
sense) and whether I should let the excess oil I apparently have drain out?
As my oil level seems OK, what are the other likely causes of sometimes
having difficulty getting it into first when the car is cold? Sometimes
I have to raise & depress the clutch before trying again a few times.
2000 W reg Fiesta Zetec.