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Old 12-15-2011, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well i did a gear oil change the other day at a shop and my Sidekick was shifting rough after that. Don't know what gear oil he used so i made the guy change the gear oil out. I used the trusty Coastal 75-90w gear oil and its awesome. At 6.00 dollars a quart its the best your gonna find. My sidekick now shifts smooth and purrs again. Any one looken to change there manual transmission oil or rear end oil this stuff is the best. Theres stuff like royal purple and Lukas out there but thats 15.00 dollars a quart no need. It also a semi synthetic.

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Normally GL-4 for the tranny is ok. Diffs use GL-5. Different stuff, although some gear oils now rate as GL3/4/5
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Normally GL-4 for the tranny is ok. Diffs use GL-5. Different stuff, although some gear oils now rate as GL3/4/5
Tried to find gl4 but nun here in cali . The one I used is gl5 and works but must be backwords compatable with gl4
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I don't mind paying the extra for fully synthetic, since you don't change it that often. But the important thing is to keep it clean!
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I went to 6 or so places last weekend and could only find gl5.
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IF you use a GL-5 oil in a manual transmission, make sure it's suitable for use with brass & bronze, the so called "yellow metals" - some GL-5 oils use sulphur which will destroy the synchros in the transmission.
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Amzoil MTG made my trans. shift smooth as butter. It's GL4/5. Staight GL5 was stiff and hard to shift. Straight GL4 can be a challenge to find. I even went to an oil dist. asking for GL4, their reply was "what that" I seldom trust the guy behind the parts counter anymore, that's after my 42 yrs behind one. Seems it's hard to find one that knows Jacks--t! IMHO
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Sorry to butt in, but what weight gear oil goes in the tranny and rear end, I don't understand all this gl 4/5 stuff
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Sorry to butt in, but what weight gear oil goes in the tranny and rear end, I don't understand all this gl 4/5 stuff
Ack's FAQ 1996 Geo Tracker Factory Service Manual

Lots of stuff in there
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Read your manual?

It most likely recommends a 75w90 GL4 for the transmission and a 75w90 GL5 for the rear end, but those recommendations may vary with temperature.
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