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can some 1 please tell me where to find the gearbox oil under the bonnet looked everywhere and cant find it it wont move out of park
 

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Which gearbox do you have? CD4E box or the Jatco 5 speed one?

There is a hole in the panel next to the gearlever. Pop your ignition key in there and you can move it
out of park.

Checking the gearbox oil levels is a specialist job to do it accurately. You need to test the fluid temperature.

You need to get under the car to find the filler and drain points. After starting the car and giving it a short drive.

Park up, Move the lever through all positions 3 times, Pausing in each position. Then remove the test plug and filler
plug.

Top up until the oil comes out of the test plug hole.

You should get it checked by a dealer afterwards.
 

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Best way let a gearbox specialist top it up. A service would probably help.

If your going to do it yourself then get the car up on stands, But it needs to be level.
So just jacking the front up will give a false oil level.

Filler bottles usually have a tube to poke into the filler hole.

Fill until it comes out of the filler or diagnostic plug hole.

Is it a 4 or 5 speed auto?
 

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Hi matchew,

If you have a dipstick then you have the 4 speed (CD4E) box. Haynes says add fluid through the tube. The snag is, levels are supposed to be checked when the fluid is hot, i.e. equivalent to a 10 min drive (15 in cold weather). The selector then has to be moved through the range and back to Park to check the dipstick with the engine idling. You're a bit stumped if you can't get out of Park...

As PURPLE says above, you should be able to unlock the drive with your key via the hole under the plug alongside the selector.

Edit: I am not suggesting that you do this to make it possible to drive the car, merely to move the selector!

I am no mechanic but maybe trickle a bit at a time down the tube and keep trying the shift and checking with the dipstick. Given that the level is supposed to be checked hot, err on the side of caution re level and be careful not to overfill. If the dipstick level gets close to Max and you still can't get out of Park then you've got other problems, consult a specialist. Not a bad idea whatever happens as you shouldn't be losing fluid, certainly not to the extent that the box locks up.

Good luck

t t

You are applying the foot-brake before trying to get out of Park...? (Sorry)
 

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Hi thnx will defo try this and yh applyin foot brake its not all the time it stays in park but is very low on oil at the min
 

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Just to underline what's been said above - the engine MUST be idling when you check the dipstick for the transmission. You will get a totally false reading otherwise.

Sounds like you have the CD4E box, so filling will be via the dipstick tube.
 
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