A few days back I changed the ATF in my MF-14 (Peerless #2504 transaxle). I received some great feedback from guys about fluid type, dipstick length and what to do while fill the transaxle with 5 quarts of ATF (slow go was the report). Well, I decided to "help" the process along so I rigged up a pump system to get the fluid in faster [http://gardentractor...-1974/?p=277479]. I worked out the bugs and now have a fairly straight forward approach to filling the transaxle again next year when it comes time to change the fluid.
Well, thanks to KennyP I got to thinking about adding a vent to the transaxle which would allow for quick and easy filling.....no need to "burp" the fill tube while pouring the ATF. KennyP states that on his Ford and FF tractors (both use the very same transaxle as my Massey does) the fill hole is on the back of the transaxle and the vent is on the top (where my fill tube on the Massey screws into the transaxle). [http://gardentractor...e-9#entry278003] KennyP also indicated that his tractors don't require a dipstick because you just fill till it starts overflowing.
I took a gander at my machine and found the "hole" with threaded plug that KennyP uses to fill his transaxle and this got me thinking.........what are the pros and cons of adding a tube that would come up under the seat that could be used to "vent" the transaxle while filling the ATF? As long as I had a vent, with my pump system, I could get 5 quarts of ATF in my transaxle probably in under a minute.
1) Has anyone added a "vent" to their Peerless #2504 transaxle?
2) Is there a reason Massey didn't add a "vent"?
3) Is there a reason NOT to add a "vent"?
Here are a few pics of the lower fill hole on the back of my transaxle and up top where I'm thinking of bringing the "vent" tube:
Oh and kudos to the person who can count high enough to figure out how many times I use the word "transaxle" in this post. I think I shattered the record.
Edited by Moosetales, February 17, 2013 - 02:48 PM.