Saturday, June 30, 2012

The thing

I'm watching the thing the remake on bluray. Yay another remake will it be as good as the original.

Replacing the gearbox oil in a Skoda Superb


The gearbox oil in the Skoda Superb 1.9TD 2003 is meant to be ok for the life of the car or so the manual says. Of course that depends on what you expect the life of your car to be or infact what the car manufacture did. Like engine oil but not as severe the oil gets hot and cold over and over, and so I’m guessing it degrades too. Like a lot of cars out there mine has done over 100K and thats enough for me to change the gearbox oil, to keep it in tip top condition for at least another 100K miles, and so here we go on how I did it. To do it properly you should do it so the car is flat so that all the oil drains out. That I can’t do as it will be on ramps, so I’m going to empty it and then measure the amount that comes out and then refill it by the same amount. It should only have 2.5 Litres in max.

Things you will need:


Flat blade Screw Driver

10mm socket

VW security drain plug spline socket ( I got mine off ebay for £5 delivered)

2.5 Litres of the correct gearbox oil as specified by VW/VAG. ( I used FEBI SAE 75 GL-4 21829 - it is dear which I also got from an ebay supplier)

2 jugs (1 litres jobs, 2 for a pound at the pound store)

1m of PVC tube

A small funnel


The most boring bit of this and every car now is taking the bottom engine cover off. To get at the gearbox you only need to take the rear section off. Here I’m taking all the cover off as I’m going to do the timing belt next.


Remove the rear most left screw

Remove the rear most right screw

Remove the midway middle screw

Remove the midway left screw

Remove the midway right screw.

Remove the rear section.

Now I carried on removing the rest due to further maintenance but there is no need if only doing the gearbox oil.

Remove the screw from the left hand wheel arch.

Remove the screw from the right hand wheel arch.

Remove the bolt from front the center.

Remove the screw from the front right

Remove the screw for the left front.

From under the car the gearbox can be seen.

On the under side of the gearbox is the drain plug. Do not remove yet.

Looking from the bottom of the up the passenger side of the gearbox you will see a fill plug next to the drive shaft. It is important to remove this plug before you drain in case you can’t get it out. Yep that would be a problem having drain the oil and not being able to fill it.

Now the gearbox drain and filler plugs on this car are VW security spline plugs.


To undo them you will require a VW gearbox plug socket available from ebay.

Undo the fill plug and remove.

You may have to move the car slightly to rotate the drive shaft to allow the socket to fit to the plug.

Get something to catch the gearbox oil in and position it under the gearbox plug.

Remove the gearbox drain plug.

And catch the oil.

Allow the gearbox oil to drain.

Once drain, insert the drain plug plug.

Get the jugs ready for pouring into.

Transfer the gear oil to jugs and measure the quantity that came out. Mine came out at exactly 2 litres. The second car I did straight after came out with 2.1Litres.

Notice how dark it is.


To fill the gearbox I go a length of hose. routed it from, the rear of the engine area down the side of the engine.

From below pushed the hose into the gearbox fill hole.

Insert small funnel into hose.

Pour new oil into funnel. (goes without saying really).

Notice how light coloured it is. ONLY put the amount in that came out.

Let the pipe run empty.

Remove the pipe.

Replace the fill plug. Check the drain plug and fill plug are tight. Put the cover back on the bottom of the car and its all done.

All done – happy drivin.

Is the cat bald?

The cats become fury again and so I thought it was time to get the furminator out again. The amount that has coffee of her would leave you thinking she was now bald. But no there is still plenty on her. I'm sure she'll feel better for it though.

Retro gamer

Getting the new magazines isn't enough. Now i'm buying old issues from Ebay. Got to day I love reading these and some bring back some good memories. In fact reading about them is most likely better than paying them now.

Friday, June 29, 2012

House Season six

With Matt and Maddie lending me the next two house seasons, I've had to finish watching season five and have now started season six.  This has stopped my big brother watching, although that is being recorded so I can catch up.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

When the rain came

Whilst at work the sky went from blue to really dark followed by a lightening storm and very very heavy rain for a duration of a couple of hours. I went round the corner in a car to another firm and can say the roads were like rivers and you couldn’t see where you are going. Back home where I live the road at the bottom of our estate was like this. Such nice unexpected weather we had here, but those down south would have never believed it, Blue skies and sunshine I understand from he site workers.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

M and M

Big brother its going to have to wait, as Matt and Maddie gave leant me 2 more seasons of House and I had not even finished season 5. I'm hoping the break well have done me good.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Good nights

Been to harbourne, to have tea with Matt and Maddie, also Alan and Zoe are here. Went to the new inns, not the one in Wolvo unlike some might think, and had a real nice time. If only every night was like this.....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What follows the gym

I've been to the gym and this time I haven't been to kfc. Nope I went round my brothers and we had a dominos pizza each whilst watching some TV. Good good aren't their pizza's expensive without the meal deal vouchers.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guess the film

So what is the film i'm watching. As a clue it's really old...

A change of atmosphere

The atmosphere in the big brother house seems to have changed from one of fun to the slaughter of each other since Chris has left. How odd.

Convincing the inconvincable

Alan isn't to sure about those chrome mirrors, so just to please him here is the look with the roof down, showing them supplementing the hoop bars and boot rack nicely.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scarborough rock

When in Scarborough I brought 45 sticks of rock for those at work. Notably the rock isn't from the nearby John bull rock factory and even the text doesn't say Scarborough in it. The only way to know it is 'scarborough' rock its from the black and white lable, complete with photo and ingredients. I also like the warning at the end, although with my work colleges it had no notable effect.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dad’s Day

Today is dads day and I’ve been out for launch with the family and my granddad

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at the Mosley Parklands.  And whilst they were very busy the food and service was exceptional. Personally I prefer it went its quieter but then that wouldn’t be on a Dad’s Day would it?

yep a old update

Going Somewhere for dinner link

When you have most things

What do you get someone who has most things. Well some chromed wing mirrors of course.

Now I was expecting to have to take the inner door card off to change these ut in fact having read the book you don’t.

Just put a small screwdriver i this hole and lift.

And the cover pops up to revel the securing screws.

Undo one and then

Undo two and

Then remove. Give the area a clean

and place the new mirror in place, with the first screw.

Put the next screw in position

Tighten it up

Then retighten the first screw.

there you go.

Gleming chrome mirrors. WOW

I better get used to them I guess.


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