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Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Marcel Renshaw
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by Marcel Renshaw »

I suppose the only way to over fill the fluid flywheel is to do it while parked facing down a steep hill.
It was much better to ask the question than not. You won't loose any sleep now you know the answer.

Peter Grant
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by Peter Grant »

Hi Frank,
To fill the fluid flywheel on my cars I use a small plastic watering can with a long spout as a reservoir, and pour straight 30 grade oil into that.
After removing the filler plug (and please be careful as I understand that if it drops between the flywheel and the gearbox it is an engine out task) I use a long skinny funnel i bought cheaply at an auto parts shop, the funnel section is asymmetrical and when the narrow end of the funnel is in the flywheel i can easily pour the oil gently from the watering can without spills and can see the flywheel opening and when I can see oil just starting to wet the threads of the plug opening i stop pouring.
I haven't yet had a major overflow (just leaking from the flywheel) in over thirty years of owning pre select Daimlers.

Maybe something like this:
https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/sca ... 91159.html

Cheers
Peter Grant

Isadora1936
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by Isadora1936 »

Thanks Peter,
The small watering can is a good idea as it's an awkward place to get to on the Lanchester 14.

Frank.

Brian-H
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by Brian-H »

Out of curiosity, what size engine is in your 1936 LA 14 ?

If it's the 1527cc I'm wondering if the FF is slightly smaller ?

Do you know the FF capacity ? (the "Handbook for the Daimler 2½-Litre Consort Saloon and Special-Sports Coupe" states 8½ pints for those cars)

Isadora1936
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by Isadora1936 »

The engine capacity is 1539cc. but I can't find any information on the oil capacity of the FF.

Brian-H
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by Brian-H »

You said that this image was from "the original maintenance manual", I presume that's a small "owner's handbook" , is there a page that summarises all the capacities, or a "Specifications" page instead ?

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Isadora1936
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by Isadora1936 »

The information I have is a series of photocopies and no summary. I did, however, find a summary page for the LA 11 which has a capacity of 5 pints
of oil. I would assume that it's probably the same for my LA14.

Thanks, Frank.

Brian-H
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by Brian-H »

That doesn't surprise me because in dry-clutch cars, the size of the flywheel and clutch have a rough correlation with the size of the engine (I'd say the same regarding the gearbox), and it would be strange to have a one-size-fits-all FF.

So I'd not be surprised to find that the FF is smaller on your car than on Daimlers of similar (and later) years, and considering that a dipstick is mentioned in that booklet, I'd speculate that there may be a slightly different filling procedure (depending on where the filling hole is on the FF radius).

JT7196
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Re: Oil level in fluid flywheel.

Post by JT7196 »

In answer to the thread saying about the Filler Plug being able to fall down into the Bell Housing , the obvious answer is to pack a piece of Rag or similar , into the gap Before removing it ........simple 😊😊😊😊.
No need to have the vehicle facing downhill either, as the amount of difference will make will be so small, as to make no difference .

Cheers Al 😊😊

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