960 Auto gearbox

Discussion in 'Volvo 960' started by Steve H, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. Steve H

    Steve H Guest


    I need to top-up the oil in the auto gearbox of my 960 2.3 turbo, I
    can't find anywhere under the bonnet to add the oil. What oil do I
    need? This is my first automatic car so please excuse the dumb questions;c)

    Steve H
    Steve H, Feb 10, 2008
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    bg4a Guest

    The guage and fill tube is between the oil dip stick and the fire wall, way
    down there. You have to look hard to find it, but it is indeed there. I
    expect you will want to use a small tube with a funnel to reach down there.
    I found such a flex tube at the autoparts store designed for the purpose as
    it mounts on top of a bottle of transmission fluid. It would probably be
    best to ask the autoparts for the right kind of transmission fluid as there
    seems to be more than one type.

    Hopefully, the experts here will have more to say . . . . .

    I don't know the details of whether to check only if cool, hot, etc. . .
    Good Luck!
    bg4a, Feb 10, 2008
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    Ross G Guest

    I guess Volvo never thought an owner might want to check or add trans
    fluid. Look way down at the rear of the left side of the engine near
    the firewall. The dipstick end is yellow plastic. It will accept a
    long 3/8" extension (the male end). Turn 1/8 turn to unlock the
    dipstick and withdraw it.

    Ross G, Feb 12, 2008
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    James Sweet Guest

    And check it with the engine idling. There's two sides on the dipstick, one
    for cold and one for hot. Use the cold one if the car has just started and
    the hot side if the engine is all warmed up.
    James Sweet, Feb 12, 2008
  5. Steve H

    Steve H Guest

    Thanks, found the dipstick and it's low. Where do I fill it up?

    Steve H
    Steve H, Feb 13, 2008
  6. Steve H

    James Sweet Guest

    The dipstick hole.

    Get a long funnel as another person suggested.
    James Sweet, Feb 13, 2008
  7. Steve H

    Steve H Guest

    Many thanks, I added a full bottle of fluid in today and it's still not
    showing on the dipstick however it's now running as it should be. I
    don't know what happened to the oil as there are no apparent leeks or
    even a drip on the driveway.

    Steve H
    Steve H, Feb 16, 2008
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    James Sweet Guest

    I've seen this problem on a 240, the 960 probably uses a similar
    arrangement. One of the cooling lines had cracked from fatigue where it
    bolts to the underside of the chassis. It would only leak when the car was
    in gear and full hydraulic pressure was present so there was no stain on the
    parking spot, it was only leaking while driving.
    James Sweet, Feb 16, 2008
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