Hello everyone. I am new here, i have no pics up yet. I just went through a costly learning experience. Would be embarrassed, but I really have done worse than this in other areas of life. So for the first time, I changed my oil. All went well, I drained the old and put three quarts synthetic in with one quart lucas oil. I started it up and drove it around the block. A few days later, there was a terrible whining noise while accelerating. It kept getting worse. And it became hard to shift. I asked around and got the idea that the clutch was going out. Made sense to me, the clutch was the original and my truck has 144,000 on it. So i drove it around for about two weeks. Yesterday, I put it in the shop, and this morning the guy calls me while i am at work to tell me that "The clutch, while worn, is not the main problem here. The transmission gearbox has no oil in it. The little it has in it is the wrong weight."
Anyone guess what i did wrong? I will go ahead and tell you.
I, in my ignorance of most things motor, drained the transmission instead of the motor oil. By some incredible stroke of luck, i did not melt the gears. I also did not overfill the motor with oil, as i checked today. I guess the old oil had burned out to the point of such low levels that the oil i added was adequate and not too much.
So, i got a new clutch, which i did need, and the proper gearbox oil. Cost me 580 dollars for this little amateur mistake. So, there ya have it. Nice to meet you all!