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Old 06-26-2009, 12:06 PM   #1
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Question changing clutch oil? tranny oil?

..I never have changed my clutch/tranny fluid on my 98 SL2 manual transmission...but I want to change both....and want to do it myself...any tips guys....what oils should i use? any tips?

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Old 06-26-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: changing clutch oil? tranny oil?

leave the clutch fluid alone. The system is sealed and not bleedable.

Trans fluid is a piece of cake. Drain and refill.

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Old 06-26-2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: changing clutch oil? tranny oil?

I'm pretty sure there's a richpin video in the How To library for replacing clutch fluid using a turkey baster.

As for transmission fluid, drain bolt is near the bottom of the case, lowest point facing the passenger side. Fill is throught the dipstick hole, so you will need a long funnel.

For fluid recommendations, look for posts by OldNuc with the words Amsoil TorqueDrive <--I think that's what he recommends. There are several recent threads discussing this. Might be in Tech section rather than General forum, though

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Old 06-26-2009, 03:32 PM   #4
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Default Re: changing clutch oil? tranny oil?

To add on to alordofchaos' post. The clutch takes DOT-3 brake fluid

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Old 06-26-2009, 03:45 PM   #5
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Default Re: changing clutch oil? tranny oil?

My clutch pedal started to get a little catchy when slipping the clutch in first.
I'd already changed the clutch pedal bushings and lubed the heck out of everything with quality silicone grease.

Using a large syringe and fresh D.O.T. 3 brake fluid, I was changing the hydraulic fluid one master cylinder reservoir at a time. Careful not to remove too much and get air in the system.

Yesterday (hot and humid) is was very stickyand creeky
Today, I bought a new Clutch hydraulic System
Maybe I should have done preventive maint by changing the fluid years ago, or, what Perdueguy says is true.- The clutch fluid lasts until the system fails.

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Old 06-26-2009, 05:53 PM   #6
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Default Re: changing clutch oil? tranny oil?

Brake fluid, which is used in the clutch system and the brake system, is hygroscopic (attracts water).
How does water get into sealed systems? It just does after a long time.

Personally, I like to change brake fluid every couple of years (the stuff that comes out is yukky) also the power steering fluid (with a turkey baster, do it several times and you can get almost 100% of the old stuff out).
I just went through clutch misery last spring + summer, so the clutch system is good for a while.

Good call on Amsoil tranny fluid. Will have to try it

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Old 06-26-2009, 05:55 PM   #7
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oh yeah, the O.P. states that he never changed the tranny fluid in his 98, that means he never put a clutch or axles in it? Must be living a good life!

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..I never have changed my clutch/tranny fluid on my 98 SL2 manual transmission...but I want to change both....and want to do it myself...any tips guys....what oils should i use? any tips?
don't.

i've changed mine twice now. both times it was because i removed the gearbox and had to drain it first. the first time i did it, the car had over 165k miles on it. fluid looked pristine.

clutch fluid? never heard of that. perhaps you mean the hydraulic fluid in the clutch line? it is possible to change it even tho the shop manual states that it is a non-serviceable part, but i would just get a new one before i messed with the old one. if this part is not broke, my advice is don't try to fix it...


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Default Re: changing clutch oil? tranny oil?

+1^^^Don't fiddle with the hydraulics, its not broke.

No need to change the trans fluid unless you want to use a different fluid.

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Post Re: changing clutch oil? tranny oil?

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..I never have changed my clutch/tranny fluid on my 98 SL2 manual transmission...but I want to change both....and want to do it myself...any tips guys....what oils should i use? any tips?
the clutch uses DOT 3 brake fluid and should not need changing. If yours is low then something is leaking. The hydraulic clutch is sealed and cannot be bled. The manual transaxle fluid needed to be changed once at 6000 miles. use Dexron IIE or III automatic transaxle fluid in it. It takes 2.5L
This info is in the Saturn Owner's Handbook.

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