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Posted October 18, 2011 - 10:56 AM

Is there a secret to getting the fluid back into that little shaft in the back? I haven't found a funnel small enough to fit into the opening.

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Posted October 18, 2011 - 04:42 PM

I put a piece of vinyl tubing on the end of a small funnel and shoved that down inside the tube. It was slow going but got the job done.

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Posted October 18, 2011 - 07:05 PM

Do you remember the size of the tubing? I think that's the answer.

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Posted October 20, 2011 - 05:47 PM

Is there a secret to getting the fluid back into that little shaft in the back? I haven't found a funnel small enough to fit into the opening.


For those small, weird fill spots, my Dad & I devised a great method. Take the next empty qt oil bottle and get some flexible tubing about 1/4". Drill a hole in the lid smaller than the tubing so you really have to work to get it in. Work it in about 1/4", then heat the piece sticking thru enough to make it malleable and flare it so it can't go back out thru the lid.

EP gear lube will make a man outta you squeezing it thru a 1/4" tube in winter, but it sure kicks the heck outta not being able to do it at all. If you are doing thick oils, it's better to "burp" the bottle by turning it upright and loosening the lid, lighter stuff is just faster to suck the oil back up thru the tube and then suck air.

We have 3 of them, one 1/4", one 5/16", and one 3/8". I work at an appliance store, so plastic water lines from old fridges get new life in this manner.
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Posted October 20, 2011 - 06:41 PM

Good idea.

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Posted October 21, 2011 - 10:14 AM

Do you remember the size of the tubing? I think that's the answer.


I think it was 3/8 with a 1/16 wall for a total size of 1/2". You might be able to go down to 1/4 and that would allow more vent space but less fluid flow. The good thing is that once this is done you don't have to worry about it for a long time.

Edited by JDBrian, October 21, 2011 - 01:25 PM.


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Posted October 21, 2011 - 12:24 PM

Even if it goes in slow, it's better than the clean up I've had to do after trying to get it in there.

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Posted October 21, 2011 - 01:27 PM

I remember being a bit frustrated when I had to change mine. I had fluid all over the place by the time I got it filled.

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Posted October 25, 2011 - 08:14 AM

What type should I use in a 1965 John Deere RF. uh...also a 1980 216? Thanks Scott

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Posted October 25, 2011 - 04:22 PM

So I put back in the ATF type F, but after re-reading this post someone mentions Dextron lll??? Is it that any of it can be used if it meets JD specs?




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