Put the socket wrench down and back away slowly......
You can easily do this yourself. Just be ready so there are no surprises. Read a Haynes manual and it will show you. Just a word of warning: The oil that comes out of there is really putrid smelling and makes a huge mess if you spill it. And you'll probably have better luck putting the new oil in if you get a cheap suction gun. You can use that to pump the oil into the hole in the pumpkin a lot easier than trying to squirt from the plastic bottles.
Once it drains good get up in it, feel around and try to find any metal slivers. That will give you a good indication of how things are wearing, the less the better. It probably won't all drain completely, so I usually take a rag and soak up anything left and wipe it out.
I would suggest you go synthetic with what you put in. For a little more $ it worth it for better lubrication and less wear.
Seal it up well with a good RTV sealant, being sure to tighten bolts like a tire, do the ones across from each other until they are all tight. But don't overdo it, you do not want to bend the cover up.
This is also a good time to get a can of Duplicolor and paint the cover to match your truck. Looks pretty good that way. Or cheap on ebay you can find chrome covers.
Last edited by kboyd62; 03-26-2006 at 06:07 PM.