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Default Oiler plug without hole

Was putting my trans together and happened to notice that the oiler plug is sans a hole. Should I get a new one or attempt to put a hole through it myself?


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It looks like there is something stuck in the end of the hole. If there really isn't a hole, You've nothing to lose by giving drilling a try. What's the worst that could happen? Broken drill?

The hole is 3/32"
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Looks like a factory plug so just dig a bit from both sides and get the crap out.
Remember to install the plug hole facing up! The splashing primary oil goes in the hole and lubricates the C/S bearing.
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my oil hole was plugged with dirt.the trans.started making a rumbling noise.took it apart and found the rollers in the open end bearing were cocked on an angle with no visible oil.
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my oil hole was plugged with dirt.the trans.started making a rumbling noise.took it apart and found the rollers in the open end bearing were cocked on an angle with no visible oil.
That was a good catch.
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Check the top trough in the case as well.
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Default Oiler plug without hole

There was definitely metal blocking the hole. I ended up using a small hacksaw and taking off the very end which then revealed the hole. I then took a 3/32 drill bit and opened it all the way up. Finished off the rough edges with sandpaper and cleaned everything up with brake clean. Should be good to go.


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And [mention]Iron Mike [/mention], what do you mean by the top trough?


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you've cleared the inside hole.how does the outside hole look?are you able to blow compressed air through it?
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Top trough inside the case trans cavity (on the roof of trans cavity) feeds right side bearing. Probably has the same amount of crud in there.
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