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tranny & diff oil questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by nedjinski, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Aug 9, 2009 at 2:44 PM
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    nedjinski

    nedjinski [OP] Member

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    this is prob in a thread somewhere -

    BUT -

    2004 4wd non TRD

    I just dropped the original factory fluids from the tranny and diff.

    the diff fluid was what I expected - dark, thick, sticky, with that gear oil smell.

    the tranny fluid was clear and much thinner without the heavy gear oil smell.

    question - in the threads here I have read many times over that folks are using the same replacement fluid for both units - ie. 75-90.

    BUT - it would appear that the factory used different fluids - is that true?

    can I get an informed opinion about this?

    thanks much !!!
     
  2. Aug 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    for both diffs and transfer case........75w90 is fine. and if you have a manual tranny....75w90 is also fine.....if you have an auto, you'll need something else........like toyota t-iv(t-4).
     
  3. Aug 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM
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    nedjinski

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    hi will -

    thanks for the info -

    but the question remains - and that is, does the factory put the same fluids in the tranny, diff, and xfer cases? or are we just retrofitting up to the same fluid for simplicitys sake?

    it sure didn't look like the same fluids coming out.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2009 at 4:12 PM
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    getting there....
    actually.......good point......they dont. in the transfer case and front diff...they use 75w90, and the rear diff they use 80w90, and a different oil in the auto trannys. most of us switch over to synthetic 75w90 for simplicity, and its pretty good stuff.
     
  5. Aug 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    nedjinski

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    thanks Will -

    as always you know your stuff!
     
  6. Aug 9, 2009 at 4:17 PM
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    getting there....
    thanks man............i try to,sometimes i fail with info, but try like hell to make sure everything is correct.:)
     
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