Question about 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer
The 'fill' plug should be on the transaxle housing behind the front passenger-side wheel and requires a 17mm socket. the 'drain' plug should be on or near the bottom in about the same area and requires a 24mm socket. To check the fluid remove the 'fill' plug (some fluid may spill out so be prepared) and ensure that the fluid level is up to the bottom of the 'fill' plug hole. (easiest way is with your finger, if it gets fluid on it when inserted, you're OK). Your service manual recommends changing this fluid every 15,000 miles according to my sources. Make sure you don't lose any washers and that the plugs are clean when put back. Your transaxle takes 4.6 pints of GL-4 (75w85 or 75w90) - don't use GL-5 as it can contain additives which can corrode your bearings, and tighten both fill & drain plugs to 22-25 lb.ft. (roughly snug then 1/8 turn) being careful not to over tighten which can damage the threads easily.
Also, 'all-wheel-drives' have a transfer case which requires the same service. The fill & drain plugs are roughly near the center, behind the exhaust manifold. Follow the same procedures and use the same fluid.
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
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