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Rear Diff. Fluid Change

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TunaTaco52, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. Jan 19, 2020 at 12:15 PM
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    TunaTaco52

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    I’ve been wanting to change out the rear differential fluid on my tacoma (2013 2WD Prerunner) for some time now, but after searching the internet for a couple weeks I can’t find much that would help.

    I’m very far from being a mechanic, just a guy trying to swap out some taco sauce by myself. Owner’s manual says 75W-85 GL-5, but in terms of what specific fluid/how much fluid/LSD or not, I am basically clueless on what I need in terms of fluid.
     
  2. Jan 19, 2020 at 12:18 PM
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    spitdog

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    Welcome, do your google search with tacoma in it and it will bring you back here with all the post.
     
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  3. Jan 19, 2020 at 12:24 PM
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    pdaddy

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  4. Jan 19, 2020 at 12:38 PM
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    Very easy to do... just make sure the fill plug will come off before removing drain plug.
     
  5. Jan 19, 2020 at 12:42 PM
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    EdgemanVA

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    https://www.redlineoil.com/motor-oil

    I use Redline full synthetic oil in my differential and transmission, and have those on a 30K fluid change interval. Recommend entering your vehicle data into the "Find products for my vehicle" section in the above weblink. It will tell you what weight oil and how much you need to buy. You can then purchase it from a local shop or through Amazon. You'll need a hand pump to pump the oil from the bottle into the differential, and you can buy one of those from any auto parts store.

    If you've never changed it before, I highly recommend you remove the "fill plug" before you remove the drain plug. That way if the fill plug has seized, you won be stuck with no oil in your differential and no way to refill it.
     
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  6. Jan 19, 2020 at 12:46 PM
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    im a big fan REDLINE products
    they have several weights

    buy what U need
    if everyday transport ( work , mall , home ) U need not get the heavy duty stuff

    good luck
     
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  7. Jan 19, 2020 at 4:15 PM
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    The importance of this cannot be overstated, make sure this is step #1!
     
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