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Old 22 Feb 2017, 03:23 am
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2002 Manual PT. Thanks in advance.

I'm having issues shifting and have been told to make sure the transmission fluid is full. Data is sketchy on transmission fluid reservoirs in early manual PTs, and apparently my knowledge of cars is sketchier yet, but I found a small round tank about 1.5" across with a black lid and a black rubber "filter" inside, labeled clutch fluid, got the lid off, ignored the directions to "Only use Dot 3", and filled the rubber thing inside with ATF-4. It filled super fast, and didn't seem to be draining, so I pulled the rubber thing out to look, spilled a little ATF inside, and more outside, couldn't see any holes, for the fluid to drain through, was confused, and screwed the cap on and went inside to google the issue. The minute I started reading, I realized I'd put the wrong thing in the wrong place, panicked, and went back outside pulled the gasket-that's-not-a-filter out, dumped it, and wiped out red AFT that had spilled inside with paper towels. There had still been some clutch fluid in the bottom of the reservoir so I don't think any ATF went into the system.

The car hasn't been driven. The gasket and lid have been washed and are drying. What have I done? What should I do? If any AFT got into the system it would have been almost nothing and should still be right near the top, right?

Edit: I found some q-tips and wiped the tank out completely and stuck a q-tip down the intake tube and it came back golden - not red. I think I'm okay to re-fill with Dot-3 in the morning? Or is there any other cleaning I should do?

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Old 22 Feb 2017, 09:04 am
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Just fill it and drive it. You're fine. There was no bleeder on mine and no way to flush it. Your 2002 is probably like my 2002 was.

Just remember after filling it to pump the pedal a bunch of times and then recheck the fluid level
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Default Re: Accidentally put ATF in clutch reservoir?

Next crawl under the dash and do this for the shifting issue
Click: Stiff transmission when hot?

Just a guess since you never told us exactly what the problem with shifting is

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Old 22 Feb 2017, 09:15 am
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Default Re: Accidentally put ATF in clutch reservoir?

It's bad that this happened, it's good that you caught it immediately. Putting the ATF in the clutch master cylinder can cause the rubber seal to swell. From what you have written it sounds like you should be good to refill with DOT3. Is it correct that you did not push the clutch pedal while the ATF was in the cylinder? Stating that you wiped out all of the fluid and used a Q-tip that came out golden and not red is a good sign. Some may say it would be a go idea to pull the cylinder and flush it with DOT3. If you do this, you will need to bleed the clutch system. IMO this is not necessary.


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Default Re: Accidentally put ATF in clutch reservoir?

Thanks so much guys! I super appreciate the knowledge and I didn't push the pedal or anything at all.


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Next crawl under the dash and do this for the shifting issue
Click: Stiff transmission when hot?

Just a guess since you never told us exactly what the problem with shifting is
And that totally sounds like the problem! I'll check it out tonight.
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