How to Add Transmission oil to a 1991-94 Mercury Capri

Adding Transaxle Oil

Since you have no idea what has been done or not done to your 1991-94 Mercury Capri car, like any used car, you must presume little has been done to since it was bought new. Even a Capri with only 80K on it, might need new plugs, wires, brakes, radiator, seats and who knows what else.

Most certain is that the oil in the 1.6L engine will need changing including the oil in the transaxel. Unlike the engine oil, this oil is not drained and usually just burned off or used. At the very least, you should check it to see if more oil needs to be added. It is an easy process but is hard on the back because you have bend over to reach it in the engine compartment. This process is only for manual transmissions. The owners manual recommends it is checked every 25,000 miles or so.

  1. Remove the speedometer cable and gear from transaxle case.
  2. Wipe it clean and reinsert it.
  3. Pull out and check for oil level. The illustration shows we are not talking about very much at all, but the oil should be above the gear grooves themselves but not much higher.
  4. Add if needed.
  5. Replaced the gear and speedo cable and tighten.

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brandon 19 months ago

My speedometer cable is frozen up on my 1991 mercury capri

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