fill m/t through shifter housing? -
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back > General Technical Discussions > Engines & Drivetrain > fill m/t through shifter housing?

Ruffstuff 10 year saleBDS 4-1/2" Suspension Lift Kit - Jeep Wrangler YJRough Country Lift Kits and Parts!

Unread 12-11-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: fredericksburg, va
Posts: 37
fill m/t through shifter housing?

Okay so my (AX-15) manual transmission is due for an oil change and the fill plug is completely rounded out. I thought maybe i could fill it through the back-up lamp switch, but it's significantly lower than the fill plug.

My last idea is to remove the shifter and fill the tranny from the top but the issue now is not knowing how much fluid is actually in the trans. I've always filled it up to where the fluid comes out the fill hole which has always been more than the 3.4Qts it calls for so i'm kind of hesitant to just put the 3.4 in.

Any advice anyone?

98jpwrnglr is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 12-11-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
Registered User
1988 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: San Jose, CA, Hammerspace
Posts: 5,344
Perfectly doable - put a thin bead of RTV on the shift tower housing before you put the shifter back, make sure the lower shifter lever properly engages the shift rails, and pay attention to the amount you put in! It's easy to over/underfill when pouring fluid in from the top, and both are bad (just in different ways.)

But, I have done this when I don't have a "suction gun" (think pint-capacity syringe) for filling the transmission.
"recon" (sic - reckon)(tm) "hihgly"(tm) "seceed"(tm)
"Outback AIDS - Alcohol-Induced Dizzy Spells"
5-90 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools

Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.