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Old 03-27-2003, 12:57 AM
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Post TH350 - will oil spew from dipstick hole?!

Guys, this may be a dumb question but if I run my engine & 350 box (stationery) without the dipstick tube fitted into the trans casing will it spew out oil??
I only ask because I'm about to start my crate 350 motor & box for the first time and I forgot to pre-fill the torq converter with oil - so I need to top-up the gearbox pretty quickly & this would be much quicker pouring straight into the 'box rather than dribbling down the dipstick tube.

I think I know the answer, but has anyone done it?
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Old 03-27-2003, 04:09 AM
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The only dumb question is the one that remains un-asked.
You will be able to pour the fluid through the hole only so fast and the diameter of the dipstick tube is only slightly smaller than the hole of the case that it fits into.
How will you be able to check the fluid level without the dipstick at the proper depth in the case.
And besides, when the trans is "FULL" and fluid is not pumping throughout, the level is higher than the dipstick tube hole in the case.
If you could find a way to "PUMP" the fluid into the transmissionit will go even faster yet.
I have used air tool quick connect fittings on a 5 gallon pail of hydraulic oil to get it into a dump truck cylinder a friend and I had already mounted in his truck, just remember not to go above 15-20 psi with the inlet pressure, and use a shut off valve at the end of the oil supply hose (fuel and brake lines work wonders here.
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Old 03-27-2003, 05:00 AM
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Hello Simon- agree w/M&M- especially the statement:The only dumb question is the one that remains un-asked. Never feel like you're bothering anyone as that is how people learn!!! Take the time to fill it correctly and you'll have less mess and be satisfied you did it right!! Good Luck and great to see an Englishman on the site!!
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Hey Simon, leave the dipstick tube in place, you can get oil down it fairly quickly. However to get you started I would fill to about 4" above the "FULL" level, and then spin the engine with the starter, or perhaps start it breifly, to throw all that oil into the converter. Stop engine and repeat. I'm sure you know the rest of the drill with jacking the car up and filling the clutches.

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