BW35 Fluid Level

#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

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#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.
 
#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.
 
#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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