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

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

  1. Jan 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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  2. Jan 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM
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    oh man, after reading first 20 pages, this is amazing. really good stuff here Brian and Chris. I appreciate the information and the stuff I am learning about the truck itself.

    Can some one please clarify couple more things...
    Would Any of these oil would work for my 2010 off road tacoma?
    Mobile 1 synthetic 75w-90
    Redline 75W-90
    Valvoline 75-90 or 80-90
    Royal Purple 75w-90

    I was reading somewhere that using synthetic damages sometype of oil seal. It said that when you switch to synthetic to be ready to change seals. is that correct?
     
  3. Jan 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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    I switched my 03 to Mobil 1 at 150,000 miles and not a single leak. Yes you can use 75-90 in all 3. Rear, trans case, front.
     
  4. Jan 21, 2014 at 4:14 PM
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    Thanks Taco tx. do you change the crush washer each time?
     
  5. Jan 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM
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    Nope, never changed one on the truck at all. Still using the same one on the oil pan also.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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    Thanks man. appreciate the response. I just saw that autozone is selling mobil1 synthetic 75w-90 for $10.99 a qt.

    I am getting it this weekend.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2014 at 8:26 AM
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    Advance Auto has the same price. That's the cheapest I could find so far. I need to call the supplier and see what they have available.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2014 at 8:39 AM
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    No, you can run synthetic, that's little validity to that. You can change back and forth too.
     
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    If you're finding articles documenting a change to synthetic oil causing seals to leak, check out the date of the article. It was a common issue when they first came out but modern synthetics aren't plagued by the same issues. Now, you can switch between synthetic and dino oil every other oil change and you'll be just fine.
     
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    Good 4 U:D
     
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    What a great thread! I'm sure the answers in here somewhere, but can someone tell me which fluid (and additive if needed) for my 2009, 4.0, 4x4, trd sports to change the front and back? Thank you
     
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    so just to make sure I'm clear on what I've read here about the rear diff, it takes 3QTs and Royal Purple 75w-90 synthetic gear oil can be used and I do not need LSD additive since I have a 2013 TRD Sport, correct? and for the front diff it takes 1.6Qts and the same Royal Purple oil can be used and the transfer case takes 1.1QTs and it to can be filled with Royal Purple?
     
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    Sounds correct to me.
    Tools:
    - 10mm hex head socket for front drain and fill plugs
    - 24mm socket for rear drain and fill plugs and transfer case plugs
     
  18. Jan 31, 2014 at 7:51 AM
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    Roger that, ordering royal purple off amazon now.
     
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    *sigh* I've probably read 50 of these 79 pages...

    2014 TRD Sport... do I have to add the LSD additive on the '14 for the rear or not?

    My truck doesn't even have 1000 miles on it yet, but I am doing a lot of reading to get smarter for when I have to do this stuff. That way when it comes time to do it, I ain't waiting for an answer.
     
  20. Feb 9, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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    Crawl under and check your differential. It will say LSD if it is a limited slip diff. I believe that if you have atrac it is not a LSD. Best bet is to check it out. If it is there would be a LSD sticker by your fill plug.
     
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