Do all differentials have drain plug?
Some differentials have a drain plug; others require you to remove the housing cover. In either case, you’ll need a wide catch pan; a plastic dropcloth beneath that would be good insurance. Drive your vehicle for a few minutes to warm the oil, then change into your grungy clothes—you’ll probably get dirty.
What do you inspect the drain plug magnet for?
Magnets attract and hold ferrous metal particles that are floating around in your engine. So at fluid / oil change time you can inspect the plug for ferrous metals in your oil. Having ferrous metal on the magnet can be an indicator of an impending problem of cams, rings, rods or shafts that may need servicing.
Do I really need to change my differential fluid?
Usually, differential fluid is changed after every 30k to 60k miles driven. This is a tough job, so must be handled by an expert technician. Only an experienced mechanic can properly wipe out the old different fluid from your vehicle’s drive-train.
How often should you change rear differential fluid?
The recommendation of most car manufacturers is that you change your rear differential fluid about every 30,000 miles to 60,000 miles. Look at the owner’s manual of your car to find the exact mileage amount. This interval gets shorter the harder you drive your vehicle.
How often should you flush your differential?
every 30,000 to 60,000 miles
Most manufacturers recommend that the differential fluid be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. It is a messy job, and should be done by a licensed mechanic.
How often should diff oil be changed?
Most manufacturer maintenance schedules require the differential fluid to be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, however, it can differ between vehicles. The job itself is actually pretty easy, however, if you’re planning to change your vehicle’s differential fluid at home, then it can get messy.
How do you drain and fill rear differential?
- Step 1: Secure the vehicle on jack stands or ramps.
- Step 2: Allow time for the gear oil to completely drain.
- Step 3: Locate and remove the gear oil fill bolt.
- Step 4: Use a pump to slowly add the recommended type of gear oil to the differential.