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Changing differential fluid - A step by step "HOW TO"

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by brianr, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Aug 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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    My local Autozone gets like $21 bucks a quart for mobil 1. I get it at this local wholesale place called Bi-lo here and i pay $7.99 a quart. I hope they never stop carrying it, probaly should buy 6 more just to have on hand.
     
  2. Aug 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM
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    Yeah, Advanced had it for $10.99/qt as I recall. Not an amazing price in and of itself but with that 40% off I wasn't finding it cheaper anywhere else that's for sure. I think my price was $48 for 6qts after tax and everything. :cool:
     
  3. Sep 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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    I am confused about what gear oil to buy for my 2011 4WD without the LSD. Should I use the Redline 75w85 or should I use something else like Mobil1, which I can only find in 75w90 in my area?

    This is what my diff looks like - no LSD sticker. Please help. Totally confused here.

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    http://postimg.org/image/lzg2g4n6d/
     
  4. Sep 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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    I just did mine with mobil 1 75w 90. No problems so far. Also, I regularly tow a boat at 2500 lbs. I have a regular cab base model.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM
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    Bilsteins front and rear, front set to 1'' and rear are 9'' 5125's, OMD springs in the rear, CSJumper LED's inside, hard wired inverter.
    Do 1st gens use the same 75-90 gear oil?
     
  6. Sep 23, 2013 at 3:44 AM
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    First gens call for 80-90 i think in the rear end and 75-90 in the TC and FD. I use 75-90 in all 3. Just 5 degrees difference.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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    Was just trying to do this and i cant get the first bolt out, i tried oiling it to loosen it up but im afraid of stripping it, any recommendations?
     
  8. Oct 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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    PB Blaster and let it soak in a fairly long while...like maybe overnight?
     
  9. Oct 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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    I'm hoping you mean the fill plug! If so, do what Moose said, soak it in PB blaster, just keep dosing it every couple hours and trying to work the bolt loose. If that doesn't work, you might have to resort to a little bit of heat.
     
  10. Oct 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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    haha yes i mean the fill plug, im gonna pick up some PB blaster, if that doesn't work ill have to wait to go to my dads garage as i have minimal tools at my apartment.
     
  11. Oct 4, 2013 at 2:48 PM
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    He's alive!!! How's it going Rob? :wave:
     
  12. Oct 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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    Bilsteins front and rear, front set to 1'' and rear are 9'' 5125's, OMD springs in the rear, CSJumper LED's inside, hard wired inverter.
    Thanks Kelly, I got ahold of a online manual and it calls for 80-90 or 90, so i picked up enough 80-90 to do my rear diff, which I might be doing today
     
  13. Oct 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM
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    Yea, you need a quality 6pt 24mm socket preferably in the half inch drive flavor an a 15" breaker bar.
     
  14. Oct 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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    Bilsteins front and rear, front set to 1'' and rear are 9'' 5125's, OMD springs in the rear, CSJumper LED's inside, hard wired inverter.
    I got it done, i did get a 6 point 24mm socket the other day, and my uncle happened to have a real long 1/2'' ratchet.

    The E-brake cable is right in the way though, and i didn't have a pump but i was able to use 2 funnels to get the diff full.
    Gonna top it off tomorrow, i think i filled it on a slight incline, so it may not be filled all the way.
     
  15. Oct 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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    :wave: PM'd :)
     
  16. Oct 8, 2013 at 6:54 AM
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    This is an update from my post #1395.
    I had about 4K miles on this fluid change and was starting to feel vibrations. It was strange and only happened on the first drive of the day, backing out of the driveway; after that it would be ok. As I would back out and cut the wheel, I could feel the vibrations through the seat; then again pulling forward, wheel cut the opposite way ... That was about it.
    I had read where the "Dino" oil performed better in the rear, so I changed it out again. This time I used Valvoline HD, 75/90 with the additive, of course. Same procedure that I mentioned above, looking silly in the HS parking lot going in circles, but all seems fine.
    I must not have dropped the spare tire the first time, but let me tell you, what a big difference ... I bailed on the pump and was able to fill the diff by the bottle alone.
     
  17. Oct 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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    dropping the spare made it MUCH easier for me. gave me more room to crawl under there too.
     
  18. Oct 14, 2013 at 1:18 AM
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    Hi,
    I'm new and stupid about this, I'm still reeling from my taco which should be able to pull 5100 GVWR but mechanics at Toyota World say the frame is so rusted they won't clear it for 3000 GVWR. Anyway, that's another thread. I will be changing my diff gear oil, I have a 2001 TRD with Factory locker so I won't need any additive. I hope I read that correctly!?! The write up and pics will be very helpful just as soon as I unrust the nuts from the axel pumpkin.
    Thanks again,
    by the way, I'm marcom 13, 2001 Taci TRD 4x4 150k and rusted to hell, underneath. Drives good!!!!!!!
     
  19. Oct 14, 2013 at 2:49 AM
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    You read exactly right, no additive is needed in yours. Sorry about all the rust, but good news is you might get a new frame soon. I dont know how all that works but quite a few have. Welcome!:wave:
     
  20. Nov 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM
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    Just changed my rear diff oil tonight....

    Has anyone else forgot to put the small washer on the drain plug?

    I didn't see it in the oil pan until I was already done with the change. So, I didn't exactly want to take out the bolt at that point.

    Think I'll be okay? I'm torqued to spec. No visible drips, etc.
     
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