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If it's not one thing, it's another. Rounded diff plug.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by MxRacer190, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Jul 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM
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    MxRacer190

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    So I'm prying on my rear diff fill plug to change my fluid, when SLIP there goes the nut. Rounded off like a motherf*cker. . . I even drove 30 minutes to buy a 24mm socket cause I didn't have one, and I let it soak in pb blaster for about an hour. . . Wtf do I do now? I'm just really bummed atm. . .
     
  2. Jul 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM
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    try to put a notch in the rounded head of the bolt and hit it with a flat head screwdriver and a mallet in the direction to break the nut loose.
     
  3. Jul 20, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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    Brunes

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    Lots of options-Drill it, notch it, keep trying- but make sure you have a proper replacement plug before you try anything.
     
  4. Jul 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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    MxRacer190

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    Okay thanks. Will it not damage the interior threads if I beat it with a mallet and screwdriver?
     
  5. Jul 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    OffroadToy

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    Since there isn't a whole lot of room under there to swing a hammer you might try cutting a deep notch at around the 3 o'clock position, then place chisel or something simalar against the notch and a bottle jack on the other end.
     
  6. Jul 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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  7. Jul 20, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    Where can I get a replacement? Do I have to go to the dealer? I've been searching, and see some folks getting Marlin replacements, but no luck finding part numbers/sites selling diff replacement bolts.
     
  8. Jul 20, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    Six sided 15/16 socket. It feels tighter I'm super paranoid about stripping bolt heads off. If there is any slop at all with the socket I find a suitable alternative. Good luck with it man.
     
  9. Jul 20, 2011 at 5:34 PM
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    Also can you get some vice grips clamped on it?
     
  10. Jul 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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    Actually, I tried a 15/16 before I went to the store. It felt the same as the 24mm. They are both 12 sided though.


    I'll try that tomorrow. I wish i had a damn impact/compressor.
     
  11. Jul 20, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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    12 point sockets might as well be advertised as "hex head grinders".
     
  12. Jul 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM
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    Ha,ha no shit! I hate 12 point sockets.
     
  13. Jul 20, 2011 at 6:08 PM
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    Yes, they are shit for anything with narrow flats or that has been on forever.

    But you could go the Krazie route and use needle-nose vice grips.:eek:
     
  14. Jul 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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    When you find a replacement, please post where you get it from.... :eek: I have to change my diff fluid in the next week or so...

    Good luck
     
  15. Jul 20, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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    Why not the dealer?
     
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    Snowman I have a problem for your solutionÂ…

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    Kind of late now, but a trick I learned long ago is to give those plugs a clip with a hammer before trying to turn it. Just hit the head square with the hammer and they normally come loose.
     
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    Weld a cheap wrench (harbor freight) onto the head of the bolt, (just a couple of good tack welds should do) and that should help you get it off. Just make sure you have a new bolt ready after-wards.
     
  20. Jul 20, 2011 at 6:19 PM
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    I think I found it. But holy $10 shipping. . .
    http://www.villagetoyotaparts.com/p...T-DIFFERENTIAL-FILLER/2428870/9034118066.html
    https://www.toyotapartsbarn.com/toyota-oem-parts.html

    Because I absolutely despise my local dealer. . . I would burn the place down if I knew I wouldn't get caught.


    I don't think it is big enough. Says up to 19mm :( iso 24mm
     
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