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Loss of gearbox oil when jacking car

PostPost by: William2 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:42 pm

Is it possible that if you jack the car up at the front only that you could lose some of the gearbox oil through the rear seal?
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PostPost by: elangtv2000 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:13 pm

Yes, if the seal is bad.
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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:16 pm

yes, definitely if the seal is bad or the yoke is worn
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PostPost by: joe7 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:07 pm

Maybe the welsh plug is lose or missing in the rear of the yoke?
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PostPost by: miked » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:19 am

I had what Joe is describing on a Plus 2. Found it laying in the chassis with the spilt oil :shock:
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:03 am

joe7 wrote:Maybe the welsh plug is lose or missing in the rear of the yoke?



My driveway still bears witness to that one :lol:
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:39 am

Even when everything is good the gearbox will leak out the rear seal. The design is just not great for oil tlightness unfortunately which is why gearboxes are not built that way anymore !!

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