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So, issues with my manual transmission which I won't get into (and which have been made worse by me...), but, anyway...<p>The pathetic dealer out here doesn't carry Volvo manual transmission fluid and I've done a ton load of searching around and the consensus seemed to be to use Red Line MTF. As it would turn out, <i>no one carries that stuff out here...</i> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> Otherwise, I'm seeing Mobil 1 5w30 motor oil or maybe some other 70w80 gear oil if I can find it or even "Type F" ATF, but nothing particularly definitive...<p>Anyone know anything for sure and why it would be the case?<p>Many thanks! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (StarmanDXE)

Not needed or necessary<br>I've tried this, they shift EXACTLY the same way with Volvo fluid or with (in this case) Redline fluid<br>(and have you ever heard of <B>ordering whatever you need</B>(which is nothing in this case), just leave the fluid in there, this is not like an automatic trans
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Not needed or necessary<br>I've tried this, they shift EXACTLY the same way with Volvo fluid or with (in this case) Redline fluid<br>(and have you ever heard of <B>ordering whatever you need</B>(which is nothing in this case)</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I don't really feel I have the time to wait on getting the stuff in the mail, or else I would. Too much crap to do and not enough time.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><b>just leave the fluid in there</b>, this is not like an automatic trans</TD></TR></TABLE><br>The problem is, I'm not even sure how much fluid is <i>left</i> in there... Maybe a liter? (-_-) I have royally F-ed my transmission and, in lieu of getting a new one, I need to be able to drive this car.<p>If it comes down to it, I guess I'll just toss whatever in there and either get a new transmission or drain it and fill with Volvo fluid sometime during the summer... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (StarmanDXE)

Amsoil usually only takes a day or two.JB weld didn't work huh <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">cheaper to fix it then keep refilling with expensive fluid as in a year all those fluid cost could be put towards the new trans.
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (volvosince16)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvosince16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Amsoil usually only takes a day or two.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Well, I'm currently <i>way</i> too busy with the semester's closing ceremonies and I need to drive home (~200 miles) in 12 days as I will be leaving the country for ~3 weeks (and also need to get my car inspected by the end of the month!) So, I've got this weekend, really, and maybe a few evenings (if the weather cooperates).<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">JB weld didn't work huh <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">cheaper to fix it then keep refilling with expensive fluid as in a year all those fluid cost could be put towards the new trans.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Not sure... Seems that the fluid was mixing with the JB Weld (it was dripping slowly when I applied it), and, now that it has dried, it still has a path through to leak out. I'm going to try draining it and using some JB Weld STIK which is supposed to be able to be applied even in wet conditions. Crossing my fingers... Regardless, I'm probably down a liter of fluid by now... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (StarmanDXE)

Order tonight it should be there fri worse case you spend a couple bucks extra for faster shipping I wouldn't use anything that isn't the proper weight if it was me.
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (volvosince16)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvosince16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Order tonight it should be there fri worse case you spend a couple bucks extra for faster shipping I wouldn't use anything that isn't the proper weight if it was me.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Well, the Volvo stuff is 5w30. And apparently people use 5w30 Mobil 1 (engine oil?). <p>Is there anything wrong with Amsoil?
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (StarmanDXE)

Nope I use their enigine oil in my R.Wasn't aware that the manual tranny fluid was 5w30.
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (volvosince16)

M66 trans in the R uses 75w90 oil you sure your 5 speed only uses 5w30 that seems kinda fishy and too light for trans gear oil.If it was simply 5w30 I don't understand why the dealership didn't have it since it's the recommended weight engine oil <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (volvosince16)

Alright, thanks.<p>They want $8 for normal shipping and some indeterminate amount for 2nd day... Seems there's a dealer nearby, so I'll give 'em a call tomorrow. Hopefully they've got the stuff!<p>And, yeah: <A HREF="http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/mtf.aspx" TARGET="_blank">Amsoil's stuff is 5w30.</A> Only issue (from what I understand) with using engine oil is it has a different additives package. (Detergents and whatnot.)
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (volvosince16)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>volvosince16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">M66 trans in the R uses 75w90 oil you sure your 5 speed only uses 5w30 that seems kinda fishy and too light for trans gear oil.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Apparently engine oil and gear oil use different numbering. If you check out <A HREF="http://www.redlineoil.com/products_gearlubricants.asp?categoryID=7" TARGET="_blank">Red Line's MTL oil</A> it's a 70w80 gear oil which they say is equivalent to 5w30/10w30 engine oil.
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (StarmanDXE)

You can save a little money by going to the Amsoil web site and paying the $10 trial six month membership fee it will usually save you about 25% of the retail price.
 

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Re: Manual Transmisson Fluid: Volvo alternative? (volvosince16)

You can use BMW manual transmission fluid. That's what I have in mine. It made the shifting easier. Sorry, I don't have a part #.
 

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Im using the redline product, it seems like OEM, it shifts a little smoother but I didn't notice much difference<p>it takes 2.1 qts, so order three bottles<p>I think you can get Redline at autozone... Not sure check online
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Paysts</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You can use BMW manual transmission fluid. That's what I have in mine. It made the shifting easier. Sorry, I don't have a part #.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Thanks, I'll check for a BMW dealer.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cjones16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Im using the redline product, it seems like OEM, it shifts a little smoother but I didn't notice much difference<p>it takes 2.1 qts, so order three bottles<p>I think you can get Redline at autozone... Not sure check online</TD></TR></TABLE><br>No Autozone here... And PepBoys, National, and NAPA all don't stock it :-/
 

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Basically, I failed at life.<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=116843" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=116843</A>
 

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Yeah, I can't believe how much of a dolt I am... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"><p><br>Anyone know if I would destroy by transmission by driving it a short distance without any fluid in it? We're talking feet here, not miles.<p>Thanks!
 
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