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Gen 2 Rear Axle Lube Change

Thread in 'Maintenance / Service' started by Johnny O, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. Johnny O

    Johnny O Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Jan 22, 2005
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Changed the lube in the rear axle today. Gen 2's have a drain plug in the diff cover so they're easy. Best to remove the spare tire first so you can snake the fill hose through a hole in the crossmember. 3/8'' ratchet with no extension for the fill and drain plugs.
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    In the last pic you can barely see the small wastebasket I put the lube bottle in so they don't tip over. I changed the rear axle and transfer case lube every 30k from new until I hit 150k and they both drained out pretty clean so I waited until almost 50k this time and you can see it still looks pretty clean. The drain and fill plugs have a magnet on the back side to pull out metal shavings so wipe it off with a cloth before you put them back in. Takes two quarts of 75w-140 synthetic, I used Valvoline Synpower. The pump is $8 at Harbor Freight.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2020
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  2. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Sep 21, 2003
    Suffolk County (Long Island), NY
    yup, About right....
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