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Old 05-02-2011, 08:58 PM
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Question 5-Speed (NV3500) Gear Oil Change

Hello folks,

Can someone provide me with a size for the HEX bolt for the drain and fill plugs on the NV3500 Manual transmission. My local O'Reilli does not stock a hex driver as large as is required.

Also, can anyone confirm the Mopar gear-oil recommended is merely 75-W90(non-synthetic). I am putting in a synthetic 75-W90 which I am assuming will exceed specifications for this tranny.

This unit has 240,000 Miles on it and has provided exceptional service. It still shifts great, but runs hot and feels loose when shifting or engaging the cluch. Not sure the last time gear-oil was replaced. I think it was when transfer-case, u-joints were replaced at about 200K, but about 3-years ago. The truck has also started sucking gas since I noticed the tranny issue.

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Both drain and fill plugs on my 97 2wd Nv3500 need a 17mm Allen socket. Not sure about the oil so will let other experts hit that one.
I am also thinking to replace the oil in mine with a synthetic 75W-80 oil put out by BG called Syncro Shift II so will be watching as to the answer provided.

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Old 05-06-2011, 09:46 PM
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Thanks BlueWhale! I let my fingers do the walking and found the 17mm Allen driver.

Worked like a charm! My transmission and I thank you.

I decided to put a non-synthetic 75-W90 in for the short term. I'm going to drive it through for about 500-miles, then change again and replace with synthetic.

The gear-oil was highly broken-down and dirty. Can anyone suggest a flush product I can run through the tranny to get it as cleaned out as possible. There wasn't much in the way of shavings on the drain-plug magnet, but I'd still feel better getting it well cleaned out.
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