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Differential oil (front & rear) replacement schedule?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 5.0Dave, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. Jan 31, 2017 at 3:44 PM
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    5.0Dave

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    I have 57K on my 2010 Tacoma 4x4 (6-cyl). The dealer reported replacing both differential oils at 30K. I don't tow/haul or use my truck off-road, only occasional use of 4WD in snow or on my steep back yard. Do those fluids really need to be replaced at 60K? Dealer will charge an extra $200 for 60K service with fluid change. Service rep said a lot of owners wait till 100K.

    Thoughts on this? Thanks!
     
  2. Jan 31, 2017 at 3:46 PM
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    reefnfeef

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    I just did mine at 28k and it took less than an hour to do them all.

    75w-90 Mobil 1 synthetic gear oil from Amazon - $9/quart

    6 pack of cold ones - $10

    knowing it was done right - priceless
     
  3. Jan 31, 2017 at 3:50 PM
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    I would say to have them done. Diffs are one of the most neglected items on a truck, and one of the most important. I have always changed my gear oil every 30k and I've never experienced a problem with them on any car/truck I've owned. Don't forget the T-case too, just need oil and a handful of crushwashers.
     
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  4. Jan 31, 2017 at 4:12 PM
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    30k - front diff, rear diff, and transfer case with amsoil severe gear.

    I change my tranny fluid during this service as well.
     
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  5. Jan 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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    winkel

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    Maybe I'm too lazy or cheap but when I change mine, I just wrap the threads of the plug with some Teflon tape. I've never replaced the crush washers and I don't have an seepage......well, on my truck anyway.
     
  6. Jan 31, 2017 at 11:00 PM
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    +1 for Amsoil Severe Gear 75W-90.
     
  7. Feb 1, 2017 at 5:05 AM
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  8. Feb 1, 2017 at 6:00 AM
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    Do it yourself, it really is basic and easy. I use Mobil-1, I change my rear every 30K and I did the front and transfer at 60K. Front was pretty nasty but the transfer looked pretty fresh. The rear is always dirty after 30K.

    I put 900-1,200 miles on in 4WD so far this winter so i'll probably change my front again before next winter.
     
  10. Feb 1, 2017 at 6:53 AM
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