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If the transmission was almost empty when you checked it out, it is quite possible that there is a lot of damage inside. A dry bearing does not take long to glow red and self destruct. I build a lot of manual transmissions, and almost every one that has been run low on oil has burnt bearings various parts.

Here are some gears that have been destroyed after the bearing failed from low oil on a 5 speed that I built recently:

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