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Front differential oil - does it need to be changed as frequently as the rear?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Mxpatriot, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Sep 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM
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    Mxpatriot

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    Thinking about it - it really shouldn't need to be changed as often. I run the truck in four wheel drive several times a month, so it is not sitting stagnant for long periods, but it gets nowhere near the miles that the rear differential does. Am I correct in this line of thinking?
     
  2. Sep 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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    krimson

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    Just change it when you replace your rear Diff oil.
     
  3. Sep 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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    I did the front diff, transfer, and rear diff at 30k. The only one that was even remotely close to needing it was the rear end. The transfer case oil still looked like new along with the front diff oil. I would go every other with those two .. so 60k for those and 30k for the rear end. This is judging by the looks of the fluid when they came out. Just my .02.
     
  4. Sep 9, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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    I replaced my cv and the oil the came out looked dirty and I' at 29,000. could also be fromt he dirt on the diff housing, but IDK.
     
  5. Sep 9, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    Looks like a learn something new everyday on the forum. Will be changing front diff and transfer case oil then as well.
     
  6. Sep 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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    I replace the f/r diff and tcase oils @15k intervals. The diffs didn't look good but the tcase looked fine. i'm coming up on 30k so i'll again change the diffs and tcase but if the tcase looks fine again i might push it to 30k intervals.
     
  7. Sep 9, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    nice to see preventive maintenance done, i'm an addict on it ;p
     
  8. Sep 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    Well that was easy. The majority of the time was spent removing my toytec diff drop (it didn't sit well with the skid plate so I had been wanting to remove it for a while). Rear differential got Royal Purple synthetic 75W-90 w/LSD additive. Front differential and transfer case got Mobil 1 synthetic 75W-90. Engine got Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W-30 and a Mobil 1 filter. All in all it was $120 worth of materials. Also waxed the entire truck!
     
  9. Oct 5, 2010 at 4:41 AM
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    Mark C.

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    I'm coming up on 30K miles with my 2010. Owners manual calls for 75W-85 for diff oil. Toyota cost for that stuff is through the ceiling. My question is, will 75W-90 work well? I'd rather do it myself and save the $$ the dealer would charge for the labor and materials.
    I'd really appreciate any input to make me smarter on this.
     
  10. Oct 5, 2010 at 4:49 AM
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    crf69

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    ummm yeah
    im gonna do mine every 25,000.....i run amsoil in it all!!!!! except the trans thats yota juice
     
  11. Oct 18, 2010 at 5:50 PM
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    so are people finding that the amsoil works good in the front and back diffs.
    ive been reading that some oils like royal p seem to be wrong for them.
     
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