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Old 27 Jan 2011, 10:42 pm
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Default Man. Transmission past 100k miles, needs checkup?

Just wondering if a pt cruiser's transmission ever needs a checkup (manual transmission)?
I don't think the oil has ever been changed (not sure though),
And in the old days I used to work on VW Beetles, they had a disk in the transmission (made of asbestos) that needed to be renewed preferably below the 150k miles mark (or so).

Is there any disk that needs to be renewed, and does it need an oilchange?

I wished I had purchased this car with less miles on it...
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Old 27 Jan 2011, 11:22 pm
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Default Re: Man. Transmission past 100k miles, needs checkup?

Dunno how many discs are in the trans anymore, but it's wait 'til it fails to
repair, and it's a good bet they're not asbestos anymore

Follow your owner's manual for maintenance.

There's a lot on this transmission here and other places.
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Old 30 Jan 2011, 08:34 am
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Default Re: Man. Transmission past 100k miles, needs checkup?

The FSM indicates schedule B to change the fluid every 30K miles.

I change mine once a year, and switched from ATF+4 to Amsoil Manual transmission fluid.

I had a A523 gear box in my Shadow go 200K without any issues but I maintained it by pumping it out(no drain plug) with oil sample gun and refilling it, probably got 75% out every time. I also would drain it if I had to pull an axle so it would all drain out.

I would change the fluid if you havent done so just to get the wear metals out.
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Old 30 Jan 2011, 09:45 am
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Manual, sorry didn't read closely. I don't bother.
Make sure it's full.
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Oh boy
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Old 30 Jan 2011, 01:39 pm
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I take that back. In the Neon (same trans) they're trouble free unless you spin
the tires; it'll throw the differential pin.

The PT isn't the Neon (Uptown repeat to self); it's much heavier!
Early Caravan's essentially shared powertrains with Omnis, we'd have zero
problems with the Omni MTX, but the C-van MTX kept breaking- Radical weight diff

so, yep, change it as scheduled
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Old 25 Mar 2011, 08:55 pm
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I have an 06 with manual. I replaced Tranny Oil at about 65K, bought car at 57K and now have 76K. I can't recall what brand ATF+4 I used, I know it was Mopar Approved but may have been the Orielly brand since few others are stocked (can't recall becaused I used valvoline or orielly ATF+4 in the rebuilt manual tranny I put in my F150 about that time and the other in the PT.)

During my last oil change at 75K I noticed a drip on the bottom of the tranny case, and also noticed the dried up F150 power steering puddle in my driveway where I park the PT now was wet again. I have checked the worthless rubber plug every time I chang oil to "be sure it is there" as the manual says and am wondering how does one know if the plug is worn out and needing replacment???? I also wonder it the ATF+4 (probably Orielly brand) may have lost viscosity and begun leaking through the seams of the casing???? There is no physical damage to the tranny. As for the Clutch ... it is not loosing its grip, so I don't think it is a front seal leak as the oil is clean also.

I should have left it alone and just checked the fluid level .... american car trannys are clunky and weak. I need to get my VW 1.8T back on the road with a manual that shifts like butta through every gear.
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Old 26 Mar 2011, 03:29 pm
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Sorry! But, I drove a Kia Optima as a rental in San Diego last week.
Talk about a "clunky" auto tranny! Wow!
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Old 27 Mar 2011, 02:17 pm
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Chrysler sourced powertrains from VW for early Omni's-
They had failure problems

Of course, Germans, with the experience of making millions of bolt action Mausers ...
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Old 27 Mar 2011, 10:53 pm
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I agree ... the first Omni's had a lot of Rabbit in them. I knew many Rabbit owners that had no problems, I had a different tranny in my 85 Golf, I sold the car after 11 years at 175K and it was still on the original clutch.

I will also agree .... not all is great in VW land, I had to change my Dual Mass (Mess) clutch around 45K and know many owner that did the same as early as 20K, mine went 2 weeks before I chipped the car. Mazda RX8's also have/had that same clutch with the same problems. I sure hope they did not put that in the PT or GT cruiser. But the VW tranny is so much smoother shifting than most today, the last american tranny that shifted so well was a 4 Sp Saginaw I had in my 76 Monza.
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