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Front Diff and Transfer Case Oil Change Howto

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jspadaro, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Jan 6, 2019 at 3:31 PM
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    la0d0g

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    Yep.
     
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  2. Feb 8, 2019 at 12:59 PM
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    Welp. Attempted to change all the gear oils for my taco. Rear diff went exceptionally well. Had 2x 12mm bolts KIA in the process of removing the front diff skid plate, only to find out I didn't have a 10mm hex bolt to change the front diff oils. The T-case oil was almost as a transparent as the Mobil-1 gear oil I just bought (which I found to be odd, considering the last time it was changed was >30k miles ago and drove quite a bit of 4H on trails).

    I'll have to drill out the rest of those bolt and install new ones.

    Other than obliterating my skid plate bolt, I found this write up to be extremely helpful. Thanks, OP!
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2019 at 9:15 PM
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    I would use amsoil or redline in the diffs, ravenol 75w in the transfer case. the toyota transfer case oil is extremely expensive and damn hard to get. I would not change that one for any other. toyota says 75w because toyota started using borg warner parts for the transfer case at least for 2015 and newer. I'll change the back diff first and see how things are and then change the other 2. I never changed the diffs or the transfer case oils in my 97 4runner with 205k miles on it and I beat the hell out of it and never had to fix anything.
     
  4. Mar 2, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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    Added to my list. My work just ordered a lift to maintain our fleet vehicles that will be open to employees after hours.

    :canada:
     
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  5. Mar 8, 2019 at 7:36 PM
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    Glad someone posted some pictures. :thumbsup:
     
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  6. Mar 9, 2019 at 4:46 PM
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    Just changed rear differential oil - it didn’t look too bad - kind of light brown. Approx 85k miles. Filled it with Redline 75w-85. Removed the spare tire to wash - it was super dirty. A plenty of room without a spare tire there.

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  7. Mar 11, 2019 at 3:54 PM
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    transmission fluid and acetone Mix 50/50 and a squirt can. The best stuff for loosening rusty bolts and nuts.
     
  8. Mar 12, 2019 at 8:43 PM
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    So to sum up, I need 75w-90 for front and rear diff and transfer case with no lsd additive? Plan on doing this on Saturday.
     
  9. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:40 AM
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    Correct. Page 538 of your Owner's Manual lists "75W-85 GL-5 or equivalent" for both differentials (75W-90 GL-5 is a suitable substitute), while page 540 lists "API GL-4 or GL-5... SAE 75W-90" for the transfer case. LSD additive is not listed/required.
     
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  10. Mar 13, 2019 at 9:30 AM
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    Hey is this the same process for a 1st gen taco 4x4 manual ?
     
  11. Mar 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM
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    Yes, though I don't recall whether all the plug measurements are identical.
     
  12. Mar 13, 2019 at 10:12 AM
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    Thanks all good I’m just making sure they are in the same place, also the transfer case oil is separate from transmission oil And front diff oil?
     
  13. Mar 13, 2019 at 10:16 AM
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    Yes.
     
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    Cool thanks man
     
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    I spilled a half quart of 75/90. I had to use some 85/140 i had laying around. I still smell like gear oil a day later. In my head I hear, Get the Pump Get the Pump over and over. It don`t matter what oil you use, my advise is get the right oil for you and Get the PUMP oh and one more thing if I forgot to tell you, the most important thing, Get the Pump.
     
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  16. Mar 16, 2019 at 12:56 PM
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    Did the front differential drain n refill w/ Redline 75w85. The old fluid looked dirtier than the rear differential. Didn’t use the pump - gravity fill from the engine compartment worked perfectly.

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  17. Mar 16, 2019 at 4:34 PM
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    Thanks OP - subbed for future reference.
     
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  18. Mar 17, 2019 at 5:04 AM
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    Where did you get the funnel to do this? I’m always worried the pump will break and I won’t be able to get the oil back in.

    Eta: never mind, I see it a few posts up
     
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