DATE: May 31, 1960
GROUP: TRANSMISSION & OVERDRIVE
MODEL: SUNBEAM RAPIER AND ALPINE
SUBJECT: “D” TYPE OVERDRIVE OIL LEAKS
TO ALL ROOTES GROUP DEALERS
For some time we have investigated a few cases of overdrive failure due to oil loss which became associated with sustained high speed driving.
It is felt that to overcome this condition it is prudent judgment to re-introduce the exterior air balance pipe which our overseas production has adopted from Chassis No. B3005253 Rapier and B9005038 Alpine.
An additional suggestion is to blank off the overdrive breather with a plug, Part No. 9804020.
In known cases of customers who are habitual sustained high speed motorists it is suggested that the overdrives on these vehicles be inspected for the balance pipe and blanking plug and if not already fitted, to install these items to eliminate the possibility of oil leakage from the overdrive unit coupled with a possible subsequent failure of the unit due to the lack of lubricant.
The forementioned balance pipes and blanking plugs are available through our Parts Depot under the respective corresponding Part Numbers.
Kindly bring the above to the attention of all concerned.
ROOTES MOTORS INCORPORATED
Wholesale Parts & Service Depts.