Date: 7 Nov 2002 14:20:29 -0800
From: (Lance Morgan)
Subject: Re: Tranny fluid, again

"Walt Kienzle" <> wrote in message news:<3dc9678a$0$1401$>... > I am in nearly the same situation; a new 5 speed transmission from Eriksson > arrived last week for my 1991 9000T. It didn't come with any information > about the recommended fluid to use, so I was just planning to use 10W-30 > dino oil. That is what was in the original transmission, and it lasted for > 130K miles (quite respectable, I believe). And even at that, it seems that > the failure was a broken shift fork, jamming the gears, and not in any > bearing. So better lubrication probably wouldn't have made this > transmission last longer. > > I have also heard that Mr. Mason recommends Amsoil Series 2000 20W-50 for > the transmission, and have found that interesting because all reference > books I have, including the owners manual, state IN BOLD TYPE that synthetic > motor oil is not to be used in the transmission and nothing heavier than > 10W-40 should be used. I believe that Townsend Imports is in North Carolina > where it stays warmer than it gets in Chicago where I live. Maybe the > thicker oil works fine there, but I would be concerned about being able to > move the shift lever on those -20F days we occasionally get here (ask me how > I know that this might happen ;-). My plan is to stick with the dino oil > because it meets the requirements, is readily available, has proven itself > to me, and will only cost me about $2 instead of about $30. Any comments? > > Walt Kienzle > > "Lance Morgan" <> wrote in message > > > > This also caught my interest, from an apparently very knowledgeable > > Saab mech > > > > > > &lr=&ie=UTF-8&scoring=r& > > > > Any comments/thoughts appreciated > > > > Lance Walt You likely already have Eriksson's phone #, but here's there e-mail addy, too, fwiw I'd be curious to know if they recommend dino or syn to you (likely dino). Should be good fun & security running with your new tranny (and strong 2.3L T!) - they have such a tremendous rep I didn't put together - and maybe should have - but is Mr. Mason affiliated with Townsend? There's so much anecotal stuff out there re: lubrication - but my interest is picqued when someone with experience witnesses multiple tear-downs, albeit likely w/loose standardization. Also, getting +200K on his own hard-driven 900T tranny! Quick true story: I was having considerable difficulty ~5 yrs ago, shifting my 85 VW GTI into 2nd (Return to Main Index

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