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How to change the front Diff Oil?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacoma-man, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Jul 22, 2009 at 3:17 PM
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    tacoma-man

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  2. Jul 22, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    senna

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    Assuming the steering rack is behind the front axle center line, that puts the drain plug on the drivers side close to being inline with the axle center line and the filler plug just above that.

    Welcome to TW ;)
     
  3. Jul 22, 2009 at 5:49 PM
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    TengoTaco

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    Once you take off the skid plate its fairly easy to see. It has 3 shafts going into it. (I know what i set that up for...)

    The drain and fill both need a hex key. I forgot the size.

    You should take the fill, (top) one off first then get the bottom.
     
  4. Jul 22, 2009 at 5:54 PM
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    Ya just pull the skid plate off then unscrew the top plug and then the bottom let it drain out completely. The put the bottom plug in and fill from the top plug until the oil starts to come out of the top hole then put the top plug back in.

    Replace skid plates and your good to go!!
     
  5. Jul 22, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    Krp2nite

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    same procedure as the rear......but it does take a different tool......I used a big torx bit but don't remember what the size was.
     
  6. Jul 22, 2009 at 8:00 PM
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    I still gotta do mine! I might have to pick up a hex key for it.
     
  7. Jul 22, 2009 at 8:12 PM
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    its a 10mm hex the fill plug, but the drain plug is atleast a 13mm on mine atleast. is it like that for anyone else? cause i cant find a 13mm hex to save my life.
     
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