Chevrolet Cruze Forums banner
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
25,595 Posts
Have you ever replaced the Synchromesh fluid? If not do so, preferably with 2.5 quarts of AMSOil Synchromesh.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
10,296 Posts
Have the MT with the 1.4 L, spraying the underhood linkage frequently with Liquid Wrench Lubticant, WD-40 sucks for much easier shifting. Been tempted to take is apart and grease the collar, but afraid I will break something. Even put a zerk fitting on it.

04 Cavalier with an MT had the same problem. FWD is the problem with all that linkage, 37 Olds and Caddy were never a problem, that stick went straight into the transmission.

Ha, Haven't done this for awhile, just did, only takes a couple of minutes, have to move that gear shift lever around to hit all the sport. What a difference!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
25,595 Posts
@obermd no I haven't done that since my car only has 23000 miles on it.


Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
Go ahead and swap out the synchromesh fluid. Yours is four years old. Also, the GM fluid is only good for 10-15K miles. AMSOil should be good for 45K miles. I have 30K miles on my AMSOil synchromesh and shifting is still smooth.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
@obermd thank you for your tip the car shifts a lot smoother now. And also luckily I found a new coolant leak while changing the transmission fluid, I got it covered with 10 days of warranty left. ?

Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
10,296 Posts
Referencing both the owners and shop manual, say to replace the AT fluid every 45K miles, but absolutely nothing about the manual transmission. Did they forget this?

Was the same with my Honda's and Cavalier, with MT's, never touched it. O4 Cavalier was still good with 150K miles on it, but to the wrecking yard it went, unibody was a pile of rust.

But on all these cars, sure had to lubricate the linkage. Already stated that WD-40 is crap.

Only thing the shop manual says is 2.32 quarts (2.2 liters) is the capacity. and to use GM Part No. U.S. 19259104, in Canada 19259105 MT fluid, dealer should charge 0.5 hours to replace it providing they could hit that small hole. Ha, can't even hit that much larger hole when adding engine oil.

Over the years, never had MT seal leaks, but sure had my share with AT's and those torque converters can sure burn up the fluid in these things. Driving these things for years, my old 49 Olds, first one, would shift into neutral when sitting for a half a day waiting for a traffic light to change to green. This is when that fluid really gets red hot.

Also considered that very short tube like six inches long at that bottom of the radiator was a very bad joke, never was sure if this was a cooler or a heater. So would take the outlet of that tube and add an aftermarket real cooler in series with this line. But didn't have to do this with my 88 Supra, already has a good one.

I see the Cruze automatically switches to neutral, but with lack of a dipstick said the heck with this, got the manual. With even the slightest loss of AT fluid on these things, those clutches will burn up in a hurry, on most vehicles without any warning. Never learned if the Cruze gives this warning, don't care, won't have one.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top