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Old 03-06-04, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how important is it to change the differential fluid? i ahve enever done it on my car
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It is very important. You are suppose to do it every 30k miles, if I am not correct. I used Redline MT-90. I have also used Mobil1 Gear oil. The Redline is a true 90w, which our cars call for. The Mobil1, and most other differential fluids you will find are, 75w-90. The Mobil1 still worked fine for me though.
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yep its important. Do them all as often as you can or want to
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I use Castrol Hypoi C 80/90 weight MT-1...don't use the LSD HIPO one, it really messes with your gears unless your car is accustomed to high temps (AZ, hot desert weather).
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As important as changing your underwear before the big date. Or, as important as going to the dentist regularly before your teeth fall out. The manual change interval is every 30k miles or 24 months.

All kidding aside, the diff only holds 1.1 qt of fluid. Can get very nasty after a couple of yrs. It also is infamous for seeping seals. You need to check the seal everytime you change your engine oil.
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I think that fluid changes are so cheap compared to fixing trouble later. I'm sure that clean fluid helps to prevent seal problems, gear wear, corrosion, and all sorts of other crap.

My question is: How tough is it to re-fill the diff once you've drained it?
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the differential has two bolts the bottom when i used to drain, then there is a bolt right on top from where you fill it back up. the question i have is how do you fill it back up, do you need some kind of pump to do this? I cant imagine just dumping in straight from the bottle
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yeah, you use a hand pump, and the top bolt on the diff is the fill. think its simply a 3/8s square, so you can fit a ratchet in it, but maybe thats the drain, dont remember. anyway, should take a little over a quart, and you should be able to stick your finger in the whole and down and touch diff fluid when it is full.
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You should always check diff seals when you change your oil. I just recently had to do a diff seal , the cost at the dealer was 650.00 . Part was 15.00 and the rest was labor. Lesson learned!!!!!
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Do a search, there have been many threads on this topic. Even a few on how to change your diff seal....
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You should always check diff seals when you change your oil. I just recently had to do a diff seal , the cost at the dealer was 650.00 . Part was 15.00 and the rest was labor. Lesson learned!!!!!
i did it myself, that diff seal and rear main seal. trust me, 650 is not that much for as big a job as it is.
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Hey, I got either diff oil or engine oil dripping off the bottom of the engine. HOw many hours did it take you to replace the two seals? I have a full shop but want to know if I can tackle it in one day. TY. Got any pics?
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You should always check diff seals when you change your oil. Lesson learned!
What lesson was learned? How could have you prevented this seal from degrading?

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can changing the fluid cause any wear on the seal?
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Hey, I got either diff oil or engine oil dripping off the bottom of the engine. HOw many hours did it take you to replace the two seals? I have a full shop but want to know if I can tackle it in one day. TY. Got any pics?
yes, i do have pictures, here they are


thats the back of the engine. if you want directions on how to do it, hit me up on aim.....i can give good instructions.



thats my diff seal. if you wanna see any more pics. check www.speedingtexan.com

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