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Front Differential help!

My front diff has been leaking for a while and i went to drive around in 4wd the other day (bad road conditions) and after a while i noticed a noise coming from the front end and it stopped when i took it out of 4wd im assuming that i've lost to much fluid so i went to the auto parts store today and got some but when i went to add it i didnt see a fill hole. Where is it and how much work is it to get too it? Also i need to replace the seal where the drive shaft connects, how do i take off the front drive shaft?
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Does this help??

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by the way, these came out of the 00-05 Ranger repair manual
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those look like pics of a pre-98 D35 TTB front diff.
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it's possible, but I wouldn't know. I'm a total noob.
All I know is I got it from here:

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the fill be behind it by the yoke I think :) its been SO long since Ive had IFS
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the fill be behind it by the yoke I think :) its been SO long since Ive had IFS
this.

also, fix the leak. where is it leaking from? my guess would be the pinion seal
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well its not like in those pics. there's something threaded sticking out the drivers side but im not sure it thats it, it has a square cut into it, not real sure how to describe it.
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well its not like in those pics. there's something threaded sticking out the drivers side but im not sure it thats it, it has a square cut into it, not real sure how to describe it.
That's the plug.
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alright thanks guys. now how do you take the driveshaft off?
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is it the pinion seal that is leaking?
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there should be 2 bolts that hold on a clamp that holds the ujoint in place. take all 4 bolts out and you shoulb be able to move the d/s out of the way
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alright thanks guys. now how do you take the driveshaft off?
axle side -- four 7mm I think bolts..
tcase side -- 8 allen head bolts.. ( I think its 8)
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axle side is a t20 or t30 torx

i know this sounds mean so im sorry in advance, i dont know how else to say it

the fill plug is on the drivers side and has a 3/8" square drive spot in it. if you ran it dry enough where its noisy you probably have a bad bearing. and if you cant figure out how to fill it yourself, you probably shouldnt be replacing a pinion seal or bearings
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That's the plug.
The easiest way to fill it is get a quart bottle with the pointy cap. Get yourself some 3/8" tube feed the tube around the tire under the frame and into the fill hole. its gonna be messy, but it works pretty slick.
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I always used one of those pumps that screws onto the bottle of fluid. They're like $5-$10 at the parts stores.
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