No fluid after pulling tranny drain plug

Posted by jgio213, May 16, 2018 at 2:28 PM

Please Support Race Components Inc
  1. jgio213

    jgio213 Proven Member

    41
    3
    Joined Sep 27, 2017
    Ludlow, Massachusetts
    Like the title says, there was barely a dribble of fluid when I removed the drain plug in my 1g AWD 5 speed tranny. How much trouble am I dealing with. The input and output shafts are free of play and spin easily with no noises or anything. The shift linkage is working and moving through the gears. Hard to tell if either of the axle shafts have leaked but they're being replaced, and tranny will be refilled with MT-90. Is it worth trying to run this transmission? Is there anything else I can inspect to see if its wrecked? Or should I just cut my losses now. Ive never ran this car just got it as is and attempting to get it back in order. I'd hate to put this on the brand new motor to find out its junk and just rip it out again. Thanks for any input.
     

    Log in/Register to remove ads
    My DSM:
    Loading...
  2. donniekak

    donniekak DSM Wiseman

    4,342
    662
    Joined Mar 23, 2008
    Surprise, Arizona
    Are you sure you pulled the drain plug and not the fill plug?
     
    My DSM:
    1991 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Street Build

      manual
    Loading...
  3. chrysler kid

    chrysler kid Proven Member

    1,341
    300
    Joined Dec 20, 2002
    Mckinney, Texas
    Purchased non running?

    I would inspect the trans and transfer case extremely thoroughly when removed, scrub them down and paint them to inspect for cracks.

    On a non runner it's not shocking. You can try to click through the gears while spinning the input shaft, or using a small camera to inspect inside, but the best answer is to ask the last owner
     
    Loading...
  4. jgio213

    jgio213 Proven Member

    41
    3
    Joined Sep 27, 2017
    Ludlow, Massachusetts
    Transfer case was in good shape and had plenty of fluid in it, no metal shavings found on plug. No cracks noted. And yea purchased non running. So while clicking through the gears should the input shaft not be moving? Because it spins freely while going through them.
     
    My DSM:
    Loading...
  5. jgio213

    jgio213 Proven Member

    41
    3
    Joined Sep 27, 2017
    Ludlow, Massachusetts
    And yes I'm positive its the correct drain plug / fill plug. Pic attached.
     
    My DSM:
    Loading...
  6. jgio213

    jgio213 Proven Member

    41
    3
    Joined Sep 27, 2017
    Ludlow, Massachusetts
    dammit, now pic attached...
     

    Attached Files:

    My DSM:
    Loading...
  7. pauleyman

    pauleyman DSM Wiseman

    4,595
    749
    Joined Nov 19, 2011
    oklahoma city, Oklahoma
    Pic doesn't answer the question as both plugs are removed.
     
    My DSM:
    1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Street Build

    T25   manual
    Loading...
  8. jgio213

    jgio213 Proven Member

    41
    3
    Joined Sep 27, 2017
    Ludlow, Massachusetts
    Lower left is drain removed first.
     
    My DSM:
    Loading...
  9. pauleyman

    pauleyman DSM Wiseman

    4,595
    749
    Joined Nov 19, 2011
    oklahoma city, Oklahoma
    Yup. At least pull the end cover off
     
    My DSM:
    1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Street Build

    T25   manual
    Loading...
    jgio213 likes this.
  10. jgio213

    jgio213 Proven Member

    41
    3
    Joined Sep 27, 2017
    Ludlow, Massachusetts
    Yea I was thinking of at least peaking in there, but I have never messed with a transmission internally so I got cold feet. I'll at least pop it open to look for any obvious signs of damage though, and see what happens.
     
    My DSM:
    Loading...
  11. pauleyman

    pauleyman DSM Wiseman

    4,595
    749
    Joined Nov 19, 2011
    oklahoma city, Oklahoma
    You have nothing to lose
     
    My DSM:
    1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Street Build

    T25   manual
    Loading...
  12. streetraceboi

    streetraceboi Proven Member

    331
    44
    Joined Sep 4, 2002
    San Antonio, Texas
    Its time to get them feet wet LOL
     

Share This Page

Loading...


Log in/Register to remove ads

Support Vendors who Support the DSM Community
Ace Race Parts Advanced Fuel Injection Archer Fabrication Best Used Tires Boostin Performance ECM Tuning ExtremePSI Feal Suspension Fuel Injector Clinic Jacks Transmissions Jackson Auto Machine JNZ Tuning Magnus Motorsports Miller Import Parts Morrison Fabrications OHM Racing Race Components Inc RockAuto Spultronix Performance STM Tuned Strictly Import Motorsports Tire Rack VR Speed Factory White Shed Speed