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    Hey guys.

    I have the car on the hoist, so this is rather urgent. i am ready to drain the gearbox oil, but i dont know where to pour in the new oil. ive been searching for 30 min and cant find it. can someone please help me?

    if i cant find it in the next 30 min i guess i will have to come back next weekend.

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    Engine : 3.2 V6

    Year : 04

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    I pour mine in from the reverse switch plug. Remove it and pour the oil in.

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    for anyone looking for this info in the future, i found this pic on a saab forum which seems to be acurate:


    the link to the post: http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=au


    my next problem is how the hell do you undo the gearbox drain/sump plug? it takes an 8mm allen key. but its right up against the chassis rail. theres about half an inch of room to get a tool into the plug, which is no where near enough room for my allen key. the engineer who designed this is an idiot.
    trying a strange configurtaion i broke a 1/4" spanner.

    what tool should i use? im thinking of getting a cheap allen key and cutting it down to size.
    Last edited by shadow.warrior; 25th July 2010 at 08:23.

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    Hi, did you get this done in the end? i have been thinking about doing mine as it feels notchy in 1st, 2nd and reverse. not clutch slip so fairly sure its not that.

    if you did get it done did you do like was suggested on the saab site and do the fill up and flush of the geabox?

    Many thanks,

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    as ed says fill through the reverse switch

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    Thank's for the reply but i wasn't questioning the fill location i was asking about point 2 on the Saab guide.. (1 litre of new oil and then empty it out)

    1. Drain the oil from the gearbox by unscrewing the drain plug (3).
    2. Fill with 1.0 litre (1.05 quarts) of the new oil (plug 1) and run the car so that the oil flows thoroughly through the system.
    3. Drain the gearbox (plug 3).
    4. Fill the gearbox with new oil to the correct level (1.8 litres; 1.9 quarts). Check with the level plug (2).
    After this procedure, the oil does not need changing.
    5. Fit a new filler plug (1).
    6. There are two labels on the neck of the oil carton that must be affixed to separate places as a reminder of the type of oil in the gearbox.
    7. Clean the area around the radiator crossmember by the left-hand headlamp, remove the label with the warning triangle and affix it to the radiator crossmember.
    8. Remove the small label and affix it over the existing text on gearbox oil in the owner’s manual under the section “Technical data”.

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    dont fill through the reverse switch. theres an easier way.

    yes i did this fuzzybom and had great success. you need to take the wheel off and fill the gear box through the hole marked "check" on the pic above. i needed to buy a hand pump similar to this. it made the job real easy.

    just keep pumping till the oil level is just below the "check" hole. i put a little too much initially which made the gear box notchy, so i had to drain a tiny bit and now its smooth as butter.

    filling is the easy bit. you will run into a problem with taking the drain plug off. there is not enough room between the chassey and the plug(less then 1 inch). i cut a cheap allen key to size but the bolt was so tight that the allen key rounded the hex pattern in the sump plug. this made me rage. after thinking about it for a while i grabbed the little section of allen key, got a jimmy bar, and forced the allen key bit into the sump plug. its now permanently pressed into place. so in the future all i will need is a spanner to unscrew the sump plug.

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    Hi Shadow. thanks for the reply but i had already done it i have done pretty much as you said above. cutting down HEX key etc. didnt need a pump because the SMX-S has a pull out nozzle that i could get into the hole and squeeze the oil out.

    Feels much nicer to drive now. on cold mornings i used to have to put it in 1st before it would properley go into reverse but all seems ok now.

    if any other 3.2 owners have a notchy feeling gearbox deffo worth doing.

    thanks again

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