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anything difficult regarding changing 2016 front/rear differential fluid?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by SMT, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. Dec 28, 2019 at 9:55 PM
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    SMT

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    Anything difficult in changing front/rear differential fluid on 2016 Tacoma 4x4?
     
  2. Dec 28, 2019 at 10:00 PM
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    Shouldn't be but dudes always end stripping the drain plugs
     
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    Quality 3/8" 10mm allen key is critical for the front. If the drain is super tight, simply hit it with a hammer flat faced and try again.

    Rear is 24mm or 15/16" and is harder to strip.
     
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    Always make sure you can loosen the fill plug before you drain it.
     
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    Make sure to replace the crush washers... Don't reuse them, it's not worth it.
     
  6. Dec 29, 2019 at 7:10 AM
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    I would say for the front only use a 10mm allen, 3/8" is ever so slightly smaller and more likely to strip.

    I'd also recommend using an allen socket on a ratchet or breaker bar, that way one hand can keep it straight in the drain plug while you loosen.
     
  7. Dec 29, 2019 at 7:13 AM
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    What tooling are folks using to fill? Is there any special tooling required due to low clearance? I have a tool that resembles a syringe with a rubber hose on the end, that's what I was planning on using.
     
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    Always super easy for me. I just let the dealer do it. No muss, no fuss. Any fuck-ups are on them.

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  9. Dec 29, 2019 at 7:23 AM
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    And you pay 3x what people who do it themselves.

    I'm not sure how people fuck that job up.
     
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    I used Redline GL-5 75w-85 just to match Toyota viscosity recommendation.
    You can get a quart bottle pump on Amazon for around $5. I have used Plews 55001 many times with good luck.
     
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    Make sure you have a decent oil pump. I bought the syringe style and what a mess. The Stalube pump that screws on the bottle is the one to get.

    I also second Redline, but fuck Amazon I found it cheaper on eBay shipped
     
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    I got this off of Amazon, worked pretty well but did not screw onto amsoil bottles.
     
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    There's a whole thread on detailed instructions for this, read it.

    As for oil, opinions are quite varied. I settled on Redline 75w-85 after reading every thread I could find discussing oil type. Ebay is the best place to buy.

    Most difficult aspect is breaking loose the fill and drain plugs. Long breaker bar or impact wrench needed. I had to use a breaker bar and floor jack in combo to remove rear fill plug.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/3rd-gen-diy-maintenance-quick-reference.406712/
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...-manual-transmission-6mt-fluid-change.481719/
     
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    3/8" drive bro.
     

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