BW35 Fluid Level

amcdonald

Active Member
#1
My NADA 3500 came with a pretty nasty gearbox dipstick enhancement with the aforementioned coming up into the passenger side footwell to drip on the carpet upon inspection. I chopped it off, plugged the hole, and replaced it with just the bottom portion of the dipper stick accessible from underneath only. Less convenient but better for carpets. I am a bit concerned that when I sliced it off I may now have got the level lines in the wrong place as it is now slipping where is was not before (when I probably over filled it!). Can anyone tell me the fill level as measured from the pan base? On the workshop manual there is shown a rather nice looking indicator / fill tube. All I have is a crappy bit of steel pipe and a flat dipstick.

I am assuming it is normal that after you get the nice paint job your mechanicals all crap out.......
 

harveyp6

Well-Known Member
#2
The best way (although probably not the easiest for you bearing in mind your location) would be to fit a proper dipstick, tube and sump.

IIRC the level should be just below the sump gasket.

[EDIT] Thinking about it you could always weld the hole in the sump up, or fit a blanking plate. That just leaves the dipstick and tube.

NADAs had a sight glass on the rear of the sump.
 

amcdonald

Active Member
#3
Thanks very much and I will look at that this morning. It might be a tad low but at least it is not secretly splurging out after standing around anymore which I have assumed was a result of over filling it after other dipstick related woes. Now there is just the dribble around the front seal and I can live with that leaving little deposits in the car park now and then. If I ever drive it out of my road before cars are replaced with teleportation modules.
 

harveyp6

Well-Known Member
#4
amcdonald said:
at least it is not secretly splurging out after standing around anymore which I have assumed was a result of over filling it after other dipstick related woes.
That could be the converter draining back and raising the level in the box itself artificially high rather than overfilling.
 

amcdonald

Active Member
#5
Yes, I heard about this mysterious happening before but did not understand what defect would actually cause it. And it has not happened again since I drained and refilled (with less!). Famous last words.
 
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