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

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

  1. Jun 21, 2014 at 3:31 AM
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    jcman01

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    I've done both the snaked tube method and the pump method.

    The pump I bought is cheap and less hassle. By the time you snake all the tubing and connect it all up, you might as well just screw on the pump (I had to use duct tape for a tight seal) and pump.

    It took about 2 or 3 minutes. I then soaked the pump overnight in soapy water, and it is ready to use again.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQW5LK/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  2. Jun 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM
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    I just changed it on my 05 non-TRD Sr5, and it has the LS option. Thanks for the write-up.
     
  3. Jun 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM
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    Thanks Chris.... didn't know that. Maybe update the first post :notsure:
     
  4. Jun 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM
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    Thanks so much for the tutorial and everyone else for sharing their advice because I was a little hesitant, but did this last night and had no problem. I had to buy the 24mm socket and breaker bar, but neither plug gave me any trouble. It definitely looked like it needed changed. So there is now one more thing I know how to do to my truck!
     
  5. Jun 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM
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    :woot:
     
  6. Jul 5, 2014 at 6:47 AM
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    Well...the dealership is supposed to "inspect" the diff oil at 15,000 miles. My truck is there and they better do what I paid for. Will be checking for wrenching marks on the plug when I go to pick it up! I don't trust these stealerships for nothing.
     
  7. Jul 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM
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    Not for nutt'n but Y wood U pay the stealership 2 inspect the diff - just DYI and change it on your own schedule & save $$$ plus U will know it's done and done right !
     
  8. Jul 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM
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  9. Jul 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM
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    Thanks for the awesome write up! I was a little intimidated having never done this before but the step by step gave me the courage to try. I have an 08 2.7L with 105K miles on it and I doubt this service has ever been performed on the truck.

    All jobs are remarkably easier with the proper tools and in my case I do not have jack stands or a breaker bar - both would have been very useful for this service. So, laying on my back with very little room to work and a 3/8 ratchet made it extremely difficult to remove the fill plug. I hit it with some PB Blaster and let it sit overnight, hit it with a hammer a few hundred times and tried with all my might to get that sucker off until I was about to give up. Then, while laying in my bed this morning and brainstorming about my predicament I came up with a solution that others may find useful. I placed the ratchet on the drain plug and angled it downward at a 45 degree angle and held it to the plug with the sole of my boot. I then slid the cup of my hydraulic jack under the ratchet and jacked it up.....Ta Da!!! Bolt came loose and I celebrated in amazement.

    The oil that came out of that thing was absolutely disgusting: Dark brown, very cloudy and very thick (sludge). So glad I did this and I hope no major damage was done by waiting so long. I didn't see any metal in the oil though. Thanks again for the instructions guys. This forum rocks!
     
  10. Jul 7, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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    You might want to double check your seals for leakage and consider putting in a diff breather mod if you put the back wheels in water sometimes.
     
  11. Jul 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM
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    Gonna change my fluids sometime this week when it gets delivered. Can't wait to see how bad it is. Don't know if it was ever changed. Bought the truck at 100k. One prior owner, but I put on almost 20k in two years.
     
  12. Jul 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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    I ended up buying some Lucas 75-90 synthetic. Is this all right, just wasn't sure about it being synthetic?
     
  13. Jul 9, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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    Should be fine,
     
  14. Jul 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM
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    This may be a stupid question but when you say to replace the fill plug do you mean to get a new one or put the old one back on. Just wanted to make sure before I did this today.
     
  15. Jul 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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    ^^^ Put the old one back on.
     
  16. Jul 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM
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    everything worked out fine thanks for the help. It definetly looked like it needed it. When I took out the plug there was a bunch of crud on the end...didn't know if that was normal.

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    Hi Guys - I am just getting ready to change the Front Diff, Transfer case, and Rear Diff on my 2010 TRD Sport. I was told the 2009 and up do not use the LSD in the diff anymore and are controlled independent? I am looking at 75W90 Amsoil Severe Gear for all of these and would like to know if this is the way to go? and can someone confirm that I dont need the LSD additive due to the change on these later models with the LSD setup? what are peoples thoughts on Royal Purple vs Amsoil?
     
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    If it doesn't have the sticker, I would assume you don't need it. Also, the manual may have that information, but I would not know seeing as I have not looked. If worse comes to worst, I would call the dealer and ask to speak with a Toyota technician.
     
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