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Old 12-07-2006
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change differential fluid question

i was just wondering wat kind of work is involved in changing the differential fluid. is it easier and cheaper to do urself?
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Its not too hard, all you do is remove the filler plug, take the cover off and drain all the old fluid, clean up the cover and the differential to make sure it seals well and then install the cover and new gasket.
All you need to buy is a new gasket, two or three bottles of gear lube/oil and the tools if you dont already have them..
I wouldn't take it to anyone to get it done, but I do everything myself.
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very easy to do but for the gasket you will need black rtv silicone sealant
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What would happen if you used blue rtv silicone sealant?
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It wouldn't match the black differential housing.
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the mac cover i used didnt require any rtv
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I made a how-to about changing the differential cover. Pretty much the same thing.
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i wish the front diff was as easy to change as the rear.. my fluid is milky white,
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Milky white is no good!, Milky way is very good! mmmmm
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^^^ I can second that!
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Here you go. Doesn't seem like it shoud be hard at all. https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...4&page=1&pp=25 Last sentence may or may not apply to you.
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the fill hole uses a 3/8 ratchet with no socket (square hole) to remove. To fill, spend the $5 for a pump that fits on the bottles. It pumps it through a tube that goes into the hole.
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i didnt waste time w/ a pump.. atleast on mine the bottle just fit right up in there, nice things about gear oil bottles lol

the front is... yes a PITA, but it can be donw
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think it would be ok to pump it out from the fill hole? then fill it back up?
i no you wont get nearly as much out as u would with droping the plate, but i really dont want to do all that work to flush the front, and mine is really bad.
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think it would be ok to pump it out from the fill hole?
That is how they say to do the front diff in the factory shop manual.
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it shud b fine, but i got grounded from driving basically.. so i had time to kill...

mine came out like...green
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