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Another Front Diff Drain Plug Stripped

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 2015 TRD Sport, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Aug 25, 2018 at 6:01 AM
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    DrFunker

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    ohwell. :(

    Thanks. :hattip:
     
  2. Dec 19, 2018 at 8:46 AM
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    i made the same mistake ordering the gold plug, i then ordered the dimple
    M24x1.5x14 Magnetic Drain Plug for Toyota


    the hex head is much smaller so you can get a normal socket on it...

    Nothing wrong with gold plugs and i use them in everything else (oil pan, transfer case, rear diff..) Just not appropriate for the tacoma front diff.

    M24x1.5x14-Magnetic-Drain-Plug.jpg
     
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  3. Dec 19, 2018 at 8:54 AM
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    Where did you get this?

    Edit: I guess here https://www.drainplugmagnets.com/toyotalexus.php
     
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  4. Dec 20, 2018 at 5:29 AM
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    Here is a top photo to show the actual difference..

    DIFF PLUG.jpg
     
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  5. Dec 20, 2018 at 5:41 AM
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    Cool. I may get one although my Snap-On 10mm hex socket seems to get my factory plug out no prob.

    Is there anything that the Gold Plug is good for? I got one before I realized it wouldn’t work for the front diff since there’s no clearance to get a socket on it. Will it fit rear diff or xfer case?
     
  6. Dec 20, 2018 at 6:00 AM
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    might fit something but not on the tacoma, diff and xfer case are smaller 18mm. I dont have one but maybe the manual transmission??
     
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  7. Dec 20, 2018 at 8:08 AM
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    The front diff drain plug on my 2010 was seized up pretty good when I attempted to change the gear oil this summer. The plug broke loose with a 24" breaker bar back in 2015 when I last changed the gear oil but it wouldn't budge this year and I managed to strip the inverted hex pretty good. I tried using a hex bit with a 24" breaker bar like last time, then a T35 torx bit and then finally both with an impact wrench.

    Next time I took it to the dealer for service I had them change the front diff oil and replace the plug. I don't know how they got the old one loose and I don't care but it's done.
     
  8. Dec 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM
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    The drain plug on my 2014 was seized up this summer too, I had to have the dealer get it loose for ~$70 if I remember correctly.
     
  9. Apr 7, 2019 at 7:02 AM
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    Can anyone provide the OEM part number for the front drain plug? Mine is starting to strip on my 15 and I want to get one on order before I mess this one up any further.
     
  10. Apr 7, 2019 at 7:06 AM
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    You don't buy a truck for its fucking fenders!
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    You can heat it with a blow torch until it gets red then let it cool down and try getting a torx bit pounded in there, it should come out easy
     
  11. Apr 7, 2019 at 7:09 AM
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    I don't have a blow torch lol I'm not worried about getting it off, I just want a spare just in case.
     
  12. Apr 7, 2019 at 7:11 AM
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    You don't buy a truck for its fucking fenders!
    2.5" lift w/35's
    Go to Napa auto parts or something, they might have a non oem replacement for cheaper that works just as good
     
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    I changed my front diff oil for the second time yesterday. Was 10x easier removing the front drain plug the second time. I used a little bit of anti-seize when I last installed it, and I didn’t over torque it. Those plugs are way over torqued at the factory which is the root of much of the problems.
     
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  14. Apr 7, 2019 at 7:13 AM
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    Nice. I’m pissed I wasted my money on the gold plug (will never buy any of their products ever again) but I am comfortable using the factory plug now.
     
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    I hit mine with chain lube to loosen it up, then air compressor to clean it out. I rounded some corners on my 24mm diffplug but not the 10mm hex. I use craftsman hex set.

    Craftsman 42 pc. Hex and Torx Bit... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026SUKEU?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
     
  17. Apr 7, 2019 at 7:39 AM
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    Dorman 090-203 (Napa 704-3015) has a 12mm hex socket, but I don't think it has a magnet.

    And having a 2mm larger hex, but made of Dorman's steel, I'm not sure is an improvement.
     
  18. Apr 7, 2019 at 7:42 AM
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    I don't know if Toyota uses any better steel than Dorman. Also I think the bigger hex size should give you more leverage to open the plug without stripping. Just talking out my ass, not from actual experiance, but I would put that plug on my truck unless OEM is the same price
     
  19. Apr 12, 2021 at 2:43 PM
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    exact same problem, then used a 55 torx, then it stripped the screw even more UUGHH.
     
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