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

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

  1. Nov 3, 2013 at 5:37 AM
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    MQQSE

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    Just a thought...but if you put it up high enough and use a funnel to bottle or just a clean catch can of some sort, you could probably pump the oil right back in. :notsure:
     
  2. Nov 3, 2013 at 5:42 AM
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    Yeah I could do that. I've got some extra oil left over too. I'd just have to buy a new pump. I bought a brand new pump yesterday and the thing broke after like 5 pumps. I had to hold the pieces together while pumping...

    Maybe the oil won't come out as fast if I leave the fill plug on while I get the washer back on there.
     
  3. Nov 3, 2013 at 5:55 AM
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    Bummer ... surprised mine has lasted thru ... hmmm ... 2 complete driveline fluid changes now. If you put it up high on jack stands or ramps and move quick (have that washer ready, plug out washer on, plug back in) you'll probably only have to put back a quart or less. But have the right clothes on ... cause there's bound to be some splash. Good luck and :popcorn: we'll be waiting to hear how it goes. ;)
     
  4. Nov 3, 2013 at 6:12 AM
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    I use the marine lower unit pump from Wal-mart and it has done the truck and numerous lower unit changes on my boat. Still going strong. Somebody else had the vato zone one break also.
     
  5. Nov 3, 2013 at 6:24 AM
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    cool, thanks
     
  9. Nov 3, 2013 at 8:06 AM
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    I got the crush washer back on there and barely lost an ounce or two. It wasn't so bad.

    And I haven't read this whole thread. But I have a 05-08 mechanical LSD and I asked the dealer what they used in them. He sold me this:

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    Synthetic oil and friction modifier. But he swore by the stuff. I'll update if I ever have an problems with it.
     
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  10. Nov 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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    Good write up. So today my plan was to drain and fill my rear differential but everything came to a halt when I couldn't brake loose the fill plug. Anyone have this problem? Should I try a braker bar or heat the plug or just try it after a day of driving ?
     
  11. Nov 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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    Breaker bar :thumbsup:
     
  12. Nov 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM
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    Cool thanks, and it's counter clockwise right? Just want to make sure
     
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    Yup. Righty tighty, lefty loosey :D

    Best to use a 6 pt socket, not a 12 pt
     
  14. Nov 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM
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    6 point 24mm is what I'm using. But it seems a bit loose like I should try a 23mm or 15/16? I don't want to strip either plug.
     
  15. Nov 5, 2013 at 3:56 AM
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    I used a 1/2-drive 6-point 24mm socket. Didn't have much of a problem breaking it loose. You'll be fine with 24mm/6-point.
     
  16. Dec 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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    Great tutorial! I have a question regarding oil capacity. It states to fill when oil overflows but I added 3 quarts with the additional 4 ounces of LSD additive and not a drop spilled out. Do I need more? I did put in the required amount as stated in the manual. By the way I have a 2011 sport. Thanks
     
  17. Dec 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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    Take your pinkie and stick it in the hole (straight in), if you touch oil you can leave it, it you can't touch oil i'd add more.
     
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    I'm having a hell of a time removing the fill/vent plug...what do you guys recommend? I've sprayed it with PB blaster for a week and it still won't budge. I don't even want to know how tight that drain plug is on there.
     
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    I used a breaker bar and just a little pressure and came off
     
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    Dewalt battery operated impact is all you need to take it off.
     
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