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Is there a better transfer case oil than OEM?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by fdbyrne, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:01 AM
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    The manual calls for straight weight 75w in the transfer case. I've read about some people using Redline MT90 (which is 75w-90 and what I put in my manual transmission) but are there better options?

    I'm not against picking up the OEM stuff, I just want to know what my options are and I found very little information in other threads or other sites.

    Any input would be valued.
     
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    Redline 75w90 is very good stuff and that's what I'll probably be going to once I change mine in the spring, I'm at 23k now. I'll change the front and rear diff's also!

    https://www.amazon.com/Red-Line-57904-Synthetic-Oil/dp/B000CPCBF0
     
  3. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:12 AM
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    I admit that I am no expert on oil viscosity, but if I remember right a 75w weight will be 75 at all normal operating temperatures and a 75w-90 will be 75 when it's cold and 90 when it's hot. Am I understanding that right?

    In my differentials I usually like running a little thicker than stock but I don't know enough about the inner workings of a transfer case to know if having a slightly thicker lubricant will have any negative impact.
     
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    its a Toyota truck and that's all the modifications needed
    any 75w90 GL5 will work, just change it out every 30k miles and it will work as good as a high priced gear oil
     
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    Yes and there is nothing wrong with running 75w90 in your differentials and transfer case! In my opinion Redline and Mobile 1 are the two best out there!
     
  6. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:18 AM
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    Thank you.
     
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  7. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:19 AM
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    Your welcome man, anytime! Just change it every 30k and you'll be good. Also do a rear differential breather mod if you haven't done one already. It will prevent water from getting into the fluid in your differential. Cost about $20 and well worth it!
     
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  8. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:21 AM
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    I'm looking at switching over to NEO gear oil in my manual transmission and tcase. Anyone have experience?
     
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    I would do the mod in a heartbeat, but I'm one of the blessed many that has a howling rear differential. Mine is apparently louder than most and the second differential that they installed under warranty is even louder than the first. I want to keep it stock for now just to keep from giving them any kind of excuse to blame it on me.

    You and me and any reasonable person would know that a breather modification wouldn't hurt anything, but we also know how Toyota takes a differing opinion.
     
  11. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:22 AM
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    I hear ya, well take the truck back and bitch at them and tell them you want the differential replaced!!!
     
  12. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:26 AM
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    They've replaced it once already and it made things worse. As much as it bothers me to hear that sound, I don't think it's an immediate cause for concern and I'm sort of waiting out a fix that doesn't involve just rolling the dice on a new differential make in same factory to the same shitty tolerances as the first two. I've made sure to get the sound documented officially so at least they aren't giving me the whole 'could not duplicate' BS.

    I may end up having a local shop pull the differential, bench it, and set it up correctly. I hate spending money on something that should be covered under warranty but Toyota refuses to do anything other than swap it out with another unit which hasn't been fixing the problem for me or anyone else with the problem.
     
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    its a Toyota truck and that's all the modifications needed
    overkill, if you change out the recommended 30k maintainence. when I got my 2004 I used AMSOIL severe gear oil in all the diffs/transfer and it didn't perform any better than a Mobil1 or generic over the counter 75w90 at the 30k maintainence interval. unless you go extended change intervals the higher priced oils aren't worth paying the extra money IMO
     
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    Hell if it was me and they already replaced it once, I'd be marching my ass back out to the dealership and make a big scene with the manager in the showroom!!!!
     
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    Looking to get my shifts smooth. Fixing to rebuild my R150F. That's mainly what I am looking at putting the NEO in.
     
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    its a Toyota truck and that's all the modifications needed
    are the 2017s having the same howling issue? I only hear that the majority are 2016 models? having it
     
  17. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:40 AM
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    its a Toyota truck and that's all the modifications needed
    I think REDLINE makes a specific manual tranny oil in GL4 that a lot of people are using that makes the shifting smoother than the regular GL5 oils, from what ive read here on TW.[​IMG]
     
  18. Jan 18, 2017 at 7:52 AM
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    This is what I switched to in my truck at about 5,000 miles. I'm at 11,000 now. It's good stuff, but I can't honestly say that I've seen a significant different from what was in there before.
     
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    What thread is that fitting in the rear diff? @moe2o4
     
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