Why is the rum gone?
Join Date: May 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
1.9 JTDm gearbox oil
When refitting my gearbox after it's recent rebuild I refilled it with Gear Oil (can;t remember the specs, something like 75-90 I think)
I checked in the handbook, and the guy at the motorfactor checked his books and they both say the same thing, so that's what I used.
However the gear oil I put in was normal brown oil colour (as I expected) but the stuff that came out when I removed the box was red like ATF.
looks like either the books are wrong (possible?) or someone in the past has used ATF in my manual gearbox.
Could this have been a contributing factor in it's failure?
I have no idea who has worked on the car in the past as it had no history when I bought it, so I'm not after chasing someone for compensation or anything, I'm just interested to know if this might have caused it? and if that is the case then people could check their noisy boxes to make sure they have the correct oil in them.
(or am I completely wrong and oil comes in a range of colours?)