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Old 10-27-2007, 01:03 PM
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Default Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

Has anyone done this on their own with the"Gen 3" instead of taking it to the dealer? They want to charge $169.00 for the front and $189.00 for the rear and theyclaim that it needs to be done every 15K miles.I've changed out the axle fluids on my older trucks but was just wondering if it is any different with the LSD?
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:29 PM
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its the same as before, but when you do the frt, there is no room for clearance it is real tight
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Old 10-27-2007, 03:57 PM
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

Wow! That's a major rip off. I paid $70 to get my rear axle fluid changed two weeks ago. Of course, that wasn't at the dealer....
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:09 PM
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

Obvioulsy there is no problem with changing out the rear diff, but the front gets kinda complicated.

IIRC, there is a rubber plug/boot that you can pop off and use a pump to suck out the fluid. I took my off to 'claen it out' and make sure everything looked good. Taking it off is a PITA as is putting it on; I suggest that once you do get it off, practice putting it back on a couple of times so you get the angle right. And if you are lucky you won't get RTV all over the place!!
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

I only did the rear so far. It was pretty easy. I used royal purple fluid. I have the LSD rear. With the royal purple you don't have to add the special additive for the LSD.
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

I will be changing the rear to Amsoil over Christmas break, will probably get the front and trans fluid changed by a shop if it's that much of a hassle since I'll be limited for time to work on her...
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Old 10-28-2007, 04:02 AM
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Up here in Ontario, Canada, I just went to our local Mr. Lube. Front and rear cost $89.00 each, since both were synthetic. Took less than 10 minutes for the guys to do it. Even gave a nice soapy power wash after to clean up all the mess, and dirt for regular use. Was kind of nice, they dropped that skid plates to, and even degressed them.....

I like to let my dealership do an oil change once a year (which for me is one month out of the year, the other eleven goto Mr. Lube), just so they can give the truck a nice once over.... just to see if someone is trying to take me for a rip off ride... Gives me two opinions....
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Wow! That's a major rip off. I paid $70 to get my rear axle fluid changed two weeks ago. Of course, that wasn't at the dealer....
I agree. He said it was because the special synthetic fluid that makes it so expensive. Anyways I'm doing it myself and putting Amsoil in both rear and front. I might have a local shop do the front if it is that of a PITA.
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

Actually had the rear diff seal go out on me with 30k miles. Replaced both fluid and seal with no problems. I don't have a front diff so I'm good to go. I think it was like 17 or 18 bucks for the fluid not very expensive

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Old 10-28-2007, 07:56 PM
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Up here in Ontario, Canada, I just went to our local Mr. Lube. Front and rear cost $89.00 each, since both were synthetic. Took less than 10 minutes for the guys to do it. Even gave a nice soapy power wash after to clean up all the mess, and dirt for regular use. Was kind of nice, they dropped that skid plates to, and even degressed them.....

I like to let my dealership do an oil change once a year (which for me is one month out of the year, the other eleven goto Mr. Lube), just so they can give the truck a nice once over.... just to see if someone is trying to take me for a rip off ride... Gives me two opinions....
Wow! That seems alittle quick to change both front and back fluids out. Did they take the covers off or just replace the fluids?
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At 10 minutes I would guess that they just used the plug to siphon out the old fluid and pump in new fluid...
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Just replaced the fluids.... which is really all that is required... When I say ten minutes, it was most likely longer.... It was done during my oil change by a second guy. None the less, in and out in under thirty.
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

YEAH well thats not bad but i do mine myself and i can just suck the fluid out but i like to take both covers off and visually inspect everything to make sure its all good and there are not alot of metal flakes or just to make sure i get all the old fluid out and take any build up or gunk that may be in there...but i do my differentials every 12,000 also the transfer case every 12,000. and the transmission every 20,000. Antifreeze I do every 20,000 also...

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75W90 Synthetic for differentials...2 1/2 quarts for front and back
For Rear Differential you still need to add the LSD fluid...Royal purple does not fully cover the LSD Applications. you can go without it but would not recommmend doing that but w/e its your differential!


Max ATFFor transfer case...2 1/2 quarts and for Drain and Refill on Transmission it takes 5 1/2 quarts but for total rebuild where the stall converter is also drained then it takes 7 quarts.


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6 quarts of oil...and for yall who don't know...change your oil filter every oil change! i don't care what product says its good for 10,000 miles use it for 3-5 thousand and change it every time you change your oil....

Royal Purple ICE...Use one 16.oz bottle with your coolant in your car...works wonders and actually makes your waterpump last longer because the seals are kept up better and lubricates the whole system and adds additives that prevent corrosion and rust and scale build up in your radiator!
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

I changed my rear in about 30 min but that was removing the cover, cleaning it, inspecting the gears, new gasket and puting it back together. I used Amsoil severe gear, Amsoil 250,000 mile coolent, Amsoil xl 5w-30, Amsoil ATF.
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

I think the rear is suppost to be 75W-140, and the front 75W-90.
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correct
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

NO...my manual says 75W90 for the front and rear...do you have the 3.55 lsd rear?
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You are wrong about royal purple.If you use it with the LSD rear you don't need the additive its already in there. I contacted royal purple before I changed the fluid and thats what they told me. Have not had any problems with it.
Also you don't need to use 10w-30 oil in the summer. Stick with 5w-30. I use it all year round.
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Default RE: Front and Rear Axle fluid change.

yeah but my buddy with the second gen dakota used it in his rear and it ****ed it up. come to find out it was due to not having the lsd fluid or something along those lines...but i mean thats why i said...its your differentiall....really its you can put it in if you want or not..I choose to just to be on the safe side. yeah but summer time i use 10W30 cause i mean think about it...summer it gets hotter its gonna thin out your oil a bit more and 5W30 is already thin enough. so thats why i just use a little bit more protection and go with 10W30 summer 5W30 summer...how i've always done it.
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Well all I can say is royal purple told me it was ok so if anything gets messed up its on them. Does that purple ice work? I read in the owners manual that you shouldn't use coolant additives in our trucks. I have heard other people use it but after I read that in the owners manual I was a little hesitant about using it.
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