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Old 05-15-2016, 05:50 PM   #1
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Just changed trans fluid + ofhg question

Just changed the fluid in my manual transmission. I actually needed a breaker bar to get the bolts out. Job was very easy and straightforward, used a cheap autozone fluid pump and it worked fine. Wound up doing about 70% Redline mtf and 30% Redline atf. Shifting is much smoother when cold and my fifth gear shift is way better than before. Overall very happy.

Original fluid with 85k didn't look too bad but it did stink.

So with the recent success of two eBay window regulators and trans fluid I was feeling good, but now I noticed an oil leak. I'm pretty sure it's the ofhg based on how it is leaking.

When changing the ofhg is there anything else that's inexpensive and easy I should be doing as well? My belts and pulleys are all new.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:40 PM   #2
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you can replace that if your PS reservoir is wet looking on the outside.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:45 AM   #3
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Isn't there like a vanos oil line gasket that gets changed at the same time?
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:03 PM   #4
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you can replace that if your PS reservoir is wet looking on the outside.
I had actually replaced that o-ring, but my PS reservoir still weeps. I'm guessing the fluid boils over and seeps through the hole in the cap. Probably means I need to replace the fluid, it looks old and cloudy.
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:00 PM   #5
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Yes indeed. Get new vanos crush washers or it will leak worse then before

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Old 05-16-2016, 02:38 PM   #6
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I ordered a new vanos line kit with all 4 crush washers. Is the rear line hard to get to once the alternator and OFHG are off? I know this will take a while, but I don't see how the OFHG is a 4 hour job like some people claim.
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