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    Default F35 Gearbox Fluid Change

    Hello all,

    Following the How2 on the F40 fluid change, I want to do this on my 2.2DTi (F35) gearbox. Reading the Haynes manual, and TIS cd I bought, they both say it takes 1.9 litres of fluid.

    They both suggest the procedure (shortened) is to drain, remove the level plug, and refill via the reversing light switch aperture until the fluid reaches the bottom of the level plug aperture. Now in the real world would you do it like this, or would cut out removing the level plug aperture and just stick in the recommended 1.9litres of fluid?

    Also, how fiddly is refilling, would I need to remove the battery tray etc?? Any suggestions or experiences are gratefully received!!!

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    You won't get every drop of gearbox oil out so yes take the level plug out and then drop the car on the jack till it's sitting level.

    You won't need to remove the battery box but you will need to move the glow plug relay/vacuum pipes out of the way....they just slide up off of the mounts on the battery box

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    I followed the "how to" and never removed the battery to refill or get at the fill plug.

    Mine's the F40 box on the CDTi 150. Sounds like yours is a different arrangement.

    I used a piece of garden hose with a piece of copper tube on one end into the fill hole, then a funnel on the other. Fill with the car level on the ground. Make sure you can remove the fill/level plug first, that is before you remove the drain plug, for obvious reasons.


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    Good luck getting the drain plug out! Right pain in the arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cont1204 View Post
    Good luck getting the drain plug out! Right pain in the arse.
    i modified a 90 deg Allen key for the F35 it worked really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul667 View Post
    i modified a 90 deg Allen key for the F35 it worked really well.
    So is the drain plug an allen key fitting? I was going to say, there's one under there I believe to be the drain plug, but no where in the manuals says which one it is. I've assumed it's the plug I've circled in the attachment, can anyone confirm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    Thanks Ed!!!

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    On mine it is as the "drawing" above. Yes the drain plug is very close to the chassis.

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    As Edd says, it is RIGHT next to the subframe/chassis leg, very little clearance. It can be done though!

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