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    I need to change chaincase oil and wondering what type of lube to purchase for my 01 RMK 700...

    how does snowmachine chaincase oil differ from automotive gear lube?

    I live in Seward so my options might be limited to what the local NAPA has.

    thanks.

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    Regular gear lube is too thick. Even most manual transmissions in newer vehicles run automatic transmission fluid in their transmissions and transfer cases.

    I have always run automatic transmission fluid in my snowmobile chaincases.

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    thanks for the reply, Doug...

    sounds like auto tranny fluid will work fine then.
    any particular brands to stay away from or reccommend?

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    I don't know if you have changed it before, but here are a couple of tips -

    Drain it with the machine on its skis then tip the machine up on the clutch side (completely on it's side) before you take the cover off. This will contain the rest of the oil and allow you to clean it up without getting it all over the tub. Working with the machine on it's side is much easier when handling the bolts too.

    When you put the gasket back in, make sure the seam is on TOP of the chaincase. I have seen guys put it all back together and the seam ends up on the bottom and leaks........... Time to start all over!

    As far as lube goes, go with something synthetic.
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    Your machine has a drain plug in the bottom of the chaincase, no need to remove the cover unless you just want to inspect the chain. The plug comes out easily with an allen wrench. As for oil, any good synthetic gear lube or atf will work fine.

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