Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

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Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

Post by rbgdvm » Tue May 03, 2011 3:22 pm

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to check the gearbox oil level in a GTE for those of us without a lift?
I've considered trying to build a ramp, putting it on jack stands, and digging a trench in the front yard but decided to ask for advice before going to any extremes.
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Ron
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Re: Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

Post by tyang » Tue May 03, 2011 3:49 pm

Hi Ron,

The good news is Ferrari made an access cover for the filler plug! Unsnap the leather transmission cover on the left side and look for a square cover. Unscrew the plate and behind it will be a large nut. Take that off and the oil should be just below the plug.

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Re: Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

Post by tyang » Tue May 03, 2011 7:06 pm

Since Ron has a OD, there is another fill plug for the overdrive. I forget if there is an access plate for that one. Don't forget 30 weight Non Detergent ENGINE OIL for the overdrive, the gear box gets regular gear oil, but I prefer Red Line MT90 however because it's a synthetic, and helps the engagement of the slow synchros when it's cold.

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Re: Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

Post by rbgdvm » Tue May 03, 2011 9:06 pm

Tom
I'll have to check it again tomorrow, but I had the access cover off this weekend and couldn't get to the gearbox fill plug; the fill plug for the overdrive can be accessed though. I was planning on using 90 wt in the gearbox and 30 in the overdrive. I'll let you know what I find.
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Re: Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

Post by tyang » Tue May 03, 2011 9:27 pm

Hi Ron,

OK, I looked. There are two covers.
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The smaller cover towards the front of the transmission is the filler for the gear oil, and the large raised cover is for the overdrive and solenoid access. You'll need a big socket for the transmission fill plug.

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Re: Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

Post by william » Wed May 04, 2011 8:07 am

Hi Ron,

What series is your car.

Series II cars OD runs off the same sump.
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Re: Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

Post by william » Wed May 04, 2011 8:08 am

Ohh,

noticed your avatar... series III..

nice looking!
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Re: Checking the oil level in a GTE gearbox

Post by rbgdvm » Tue May 10, 2011 10:15 pm

Tom,
I found the access cover right where you said it should be, but covered by a layer of insulation. When I first looked I had removed the cover for the overdrive, but didn't see any sign of another panel.
William, I have a series III, sn 4151.
Thanks for the assistance.
Ron
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