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Differrential Lubricant

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tataylor, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Aug 20, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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    Do any of you guys have any recommendations on front and rear differrential lubricant? Thinking of changing mine on an 07 and just looking for advice on brand and viscosity. I normally use synthetic just wondering if the extra cost is worth it.
     
  2. Aug 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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    you mean you wanna change the fluids right?
     
  3. Aug 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM
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    not sure about the front as I own a prerunner...but the rear is 75-90 weight...3 qts...I prefer synthetic myself
     
  4. Aug 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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    Front, rear, and transfer case all take the same 75W-90. If you have the TRD Sport, make sure to put an LSD additive in there as well. Redline and Amsoil seem to be the most popular choices for synthetic gear oil.
     
  5. Aug 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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    Thanks will go with synthetic also does the TRD off road take the LSD additive or just the TRD sport?
     
  6. Aug 20, 2011 at 6:41 PM
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    ^ Just the TRD Sport needs the LSD additive.

    Synthetic is good, allows the diff to run hotter.
     
  7. Aug 21, 2011 at 5:25 AM
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    I used Royal Purple, dammed expensive, made a HUGE difference in how the drivetrain feels.
     
  10. Aug 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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    My 09 Prerunner manual states-
    Rear diff 75-85 GL-5, (3.12qts)
    Manual Trans 75-90 GL-4 or GL-5 (2.7 qts)

    I know alot of guys use the same weight across the board, but this is what the manual states. Was the 08 different?

    Also, the LSD additive is only required on truck's equipped with a mechanical LSD, installed on our trucks thru the 08 model- but 09's and above do not need it.
     
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    Mechanical lsd doesn't like synthetic.
     
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    wow I am so confused now!
     
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    I keep a five gallon bucket of gear lube in the shop...This current bucket is from Auto Zone, but it meets the GL-5 spec.

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    If you have a sport with a mechanical LSD, don't buy synthetic. Get regular dino gear oil for it AND put in an LSD additive IF the oil you buy doesn't already come with it. Some do, some don't. Have a look at the brand and see what it says.

    If you don't have an LSD and you purchase oil (Synthetic or Dino, doesn't matter) and it has LSD additive in it, don't worry. It's fine to use in your diff that doesn't have an LSD in it.
     
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    My 07 TRD Sport needed to use reg 80w-90 with tube of modifier.

    I originally had Royal Purple 75w-90 with a tube of modifier from NAPA and I was getting a growling sound coming from the rear in the morning when I pulled out of my parking spot.

    So I drained it again and used Valvo-Line 80w-90 and a tube of Motorcraft modifier I got from a Ford dealership and it's been silent and fine for the past ~15K miles.

    http://www.valvoline.com/products/consumer-products/grease-gear-oil/gear-oil/61
     
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    Here is a link to some tests for gear oil if you want to look. Page 19 shows how all the oils rated on all the different test, with a red mark for "fail".

    It comes to mind that if any oils beat Amsoil that they probably wouldn't be included in these test and if any tests made Amsoil look bad those tests wouldn't be included here either.

    Some oils beat Amsoil in some of the tests but over all Amsoil wins. Of course, it's their tests. The one Castrol had no red marks also.
    I doubt that a lot of the tests mean much to an everyday driver.

    I don't think I would get Royal Purple Max-Gear 75w-90 after looking at page 6 though. Maybe there are other oils they put out that are better? This test is 5 years old too so I don't know how valid it is.

    I don't think I'm going to take the time to try and figure the test out. I had already made up my mind to go with Amsoil anyway, just checking around.

    www.amsoil.com/lit/g2457.pdf

    I'm computer illiterate. If this link doesn't work right go to goggle and type in amsoil gear lub test and pick the first one. or try this http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amsoil.com%2Flit%2Fg2457.pdf&rct=j&q=amsoil%20gear%20oil%20test&ei=ZiloTrDdO7HViAKVl7j7AQ&usg=AFQjCNGHCNzmuYDzAoYynFXw4K674G20gg&sig2=xuGujw4ZhqJgGF8ajHFxJg&cad=rja

    Hey, I think I got it. Hope.
     
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    One five gallon bucket of the Castrol or Valvoline dino oil please...

    behind my shop is a collection of empty five gallon gear oil buckets, and I liked the valvoline product the best.

    On the other hand, I have never failed a gear box that I kept clean oil in...

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