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Front, rear diff and T-case fluid change

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vantaco, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Jul 3, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    vantaco

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    i've been searching for a "how-to" on these, and noticed it's not in the "how-to" thread

    lots of threads for 2nd gens but no 1st gens

    thanks
     
  2. Jul 3, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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    same concept. crack open the filler plug (make sure your wrenching the correct bolt). remove the drain plug (again correct bolt). if you like, use a new crush washers and put drain plug back in. fill it up and put fill plug back in.
     
  3. Jul 4, 2011 at 8:05 AM
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    ya i got that...i know "what" to do, was just thinking there must be a write up somewhere that should be linked in the "how-to" thread
     
  4. Jul 4, 2011 at 8:19 AM
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  5. Jul 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM
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    Yup,

    just drain and fill like you would with an engine. Check your owners manual for the correct fluid capacites.
     
  6. Jul 5, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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    The "fill" part can be pretty tricky as the way everything is designed gravity works against you. I'd invest in a little pump to pump the new oil in.
     
  7. Jul 5, 2011 at 9:37 PM
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    Just finished doing this so I thought I would chime in

    I did the fluid change on the transmission, transfer case, and rear differential. I would have done the front, but the drain plug was a different size than the diy write ups noted for. The fill is 10mm, but the drain plug must be 12mm or so.

    I used Redline MT 90 for the Transmission, and Redline 75W-90 for everything else. I also greased the driveshafts while I was under there.

    In hindsight, it would have been nice to get the whole truck up on jack stands.. it was pretty cramped. Maybe I need a lift kit.. lol
     
  8. Jul 6, 2011 at 7:30 AM
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    can anyone else confirm the drain bolt size? i've only got up to 10mm
     
  9. Jul 6, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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    The front diff is a 10mm hex key.
     
  10. Jul 6, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    FWIW:

    Yours should be 10mm based on the model year.
     
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