Peugeot 205 Manual

Manual transmission oil level check (Every 24000 miles (36000 km) or 2 years)
Routine maintenance and servicing / Manual transmission oil level check (Every 24000 miles (36000 km) or 2 years)

Note: The following procedure is only applicable to models produced after approximately October 1986. There is no provision on the transmission for fluid level checking on earlier transmissions (see Chapter 7A). Suitable square-section wrench may be required to undo the transmission filler/level plug on some models. These wrenches can be obtained from most motor factors or your Peugeot dealer.

1 Park the car on a level surface. The oil level must be checked before the car is driven, or at least 5 minutes after the engine has been switched off. If the oil is checked immediately after driving the car, some of the oil will remain distributed around the transmission components, resulting in an inaccurate level reading.

2 Prise out the retaining clips and remove the access cover from the left-hand wheelarch liner.

3 Wipe clean the area around the filler/level plug, which is situated on the left-hand end of the transmission (see illustration). Unscrew the plug and clean it; discard the sealing washer.

21.3 Using a square section wrench to unscrew the transmission filler/level
21.3 Using a square section wrench to unscrew the transmission filler/level plug (MA transmission shown)

4 The oil level should reach the lower edge of the filler/level hole. A certain amount of oil will have gathered behind the filler/level plug, and will trickle out when it is removed; this does not necessarily indicate that the level is correct. To ensure that a true level is established, wait until the initial trickle has stopped, then add oil as necessary until a trickle of new oil can be seen emerging (see illustration).

21.4 Topping-up the transmission oil level
21.4 Topping-up the transmission oil level

The level will be correct when the flow ceases; use only good-quality oil of the specified type (refer to Lubricants, fluids and capacities).

5 Filling the transmission with oil is an extremely awkward operation; above all, allow plenty of time for the oil level to settle properly before checking it. If a large amount is added to the transmission, and a large amount flows out on checking the level, refit the filler/level plug and take the vehicle on a short journey so that the new oil is distributed fully around the transmission components, then recheck the level when it has settled again.

6 If the transmission has been overfilled so that oil flows out as soon as the filler/level plug is removed, check that the car is completely level (front-to-rear and side-toside), and allow the surplus to drain off into a suitable container.

7 When the level is correct, fit a new sealing washer to the filler/level plug. Refit the plug, tightening it to the specified torque wrench setting. Wash off any spilt oil then refit the access cover securing it in position with the retaining clips.

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