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Quick question about changing the rear diff oil

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PA452, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. Dec 27, 2009 at 9:33 AM
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    PA452

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    I know it's a pretty straightforward process, but I was glancing over some DIY write-ups on the forums to avoid any surprises, and saw someone said to replace the crush washers on the filler and drain plugs.

    I'll be honest, had I gone at it myself without reading any DIYs, I'd have probably never considered that. May be a stupid question, but is it really necessary?

    ETA:

    Alright, I've got another question. What oil do you guys recommend I use in an '07 LSD rear diff?

    The book only says "SAE 90" for the above 0*F temp range, and to use hypoid gear oil with LSD modifiers.

    From what I'd been reading, it seemed 75W-90 synthetic was the way to go. Now I'm reading people saying to not use synthetic in the Tacoma LSD.

    :confused:
     
  2. Dec 27, 2009 at 9:56 AM
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    I have replaced the oil 2 times on the same washer, and on 2 different trucks. It wont hurt to replace it, as that is recomended, but if you dont, just make sure the surface of the gasket is clean, and be sure to keep an eeye on it for any leaks.
     
  3. Dec 28, 2009 at 9:35 AM
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    Alright, I've got another question. What oil do you guys recommend I use in an '07 LSD rear diff?

    The book only says "SAE 90" for the above 0*F temp range, and to use hypoid gear oil with LSD modifiers.

    From what I'd been reading, it seemed 75W-90 synthetic was the way to go. Now I'm reading people saying to not use synthetic in the Tacoma LSD.

    :confused:
     
  4. Dec 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM
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    I tried some different Synthetic LS oils in my diff, and it chattered pretty bad. I even tried different addatives, and amounts with no luck. I have found regular Hypoid gear oil works best, but some have said the Synthetic Royal Purple works good too. I havent tried the Royal Purple stuff.
     
  5. Dec 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM
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    Nope. The non LS diffs need no addative.
     
  7. Dec 28, 2009 at 9:54 AM
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    As long as its a Hypoid oil, its fine.
     
  8. Dec 28, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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    What about oil weight 75-90 vs. SAE 90?
     
  9. Dec 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM
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    I have used 75-90 with no issues
     
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    IMO it would be a waste to go with a synthetic gear oil in a LSD rear. You're going to be changing your rear diff oil every 30k as it is, so why bother with a synthetic oil. Dino oil has plenty of life left of it after 30k in the diffs.
     
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    I went round and round with this, a lot of different stories out there for what worked and what didn't. I was going to go with 80w-90 Dino and add 4oz of friction modifiers, but couldn't find any the day I was going to do it.

    I ended up with Valvoline 80w-90 SynBlend that was for LS or conventional differentials with no additional modifiers and have not had any problems the last 2,000 miles in 20-40degree weather, FWIW.

    Edit: 2008 Sport, with Mechanical LSD.
     
  12. Dec 28, 2009 at 11:09 AM
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    Agreed.
     
  13. Dec 28, 2009 at 3:33 PM
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    I'm starting to think of all the common topics, what oil to use in the mechanical LSD seems to have the least consensus.
     
  14. Dec 28, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    ill be changeing my diffs soon to and i dont think i have a lsd is it only the sports and off roads that have lsd
     
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    If you have LSD best to go with 80w-90 with lsd additive. I initially used 75w-90 without lsd but I had vibrations/chattering...all better now that is used 80w with 4oz additive
     
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    You said you used 75w-90 (synthetic?) without the LSD additives. What about synthetic gear oils with the LSD additives? I mean with the additives already mixed in? Or would I have to add more separately anyway?
     
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    I have a 05 with no lsd I put royal purple 75-90 with no issues it says ok with a lsd but for the price it better be. I figured I cant go wrong with some of the best fluids available. fyi I use RP in both diffs, trans. case, and motor oil. my mechanic says in his opinion that is perfectly fine but he only uses oem fluids in any transmission he services so that is toyota atf.
     
  18. Dec 28, 2009 at 4:45 PM
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    If you have limited slip differential you will need to add an additional small tube of LSD additive. Can find at Autozone etc.
     
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    Not necessarily. I have a mechanical LSD, and I don't have a TRD package, just SR5. Check the back of your rear diff. If it's an LSD, it should have a sticker on there saying something like "LSD oil only".
     
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    So a 2006 OR will not need a friction modifier correct?
     
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