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Old 09-15-2011, 08:44 AM
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Really?! Worked easily for me. I used a 12 mm hex socket. No problem. Had to take the skid plate off first though lol
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:38 AM
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Re: Front Diff Fluid Change Cheat

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My t-case change was a pain in the *ss because you cant fit any type of socket or allen wrench in to get the drain plug out bc there is some bracket in the way. I had to cut down a 10mm hx wrench to about 3/4" and use an open ended wrench to loosen the nut
Mine is a tight fit between the T-case and a bent stainless steel line, but I make it work with the Torx socket and a Craftsman 3/8 ratchet. At least enough to break it loose. Then I just use the socket and my fingers.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:27 PM
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Mine is a tight fit between the T-case and a bent stainless steel line, but I make it work with the Torx socket and a Craftsman 3/8 ratchet. At least enough to break it loose. Then I just use the socket and my fingers.
There must be a bunch of different TC setups....mine had a big bulky bracket in the way. It was so tight I couldnt even fit a hex wrench in there let alone a socket.
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:01 PM
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There must be a bunch of different TC setups....mine had a big bulky bracket in the way. It was so tight I couldnt even fit a hex wrench in there let alone a socket.
I have the NV245 low range T-case.
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Re: Front Diff Fluid Change Cheat

Did the TC last weekend and the rear diff yesterday. Went to do the front diff this morning and realized the front two bolts holding the plastic skid plate are rusted and one is deformed so I can't get a ratchet on it. How many bolts hold up the skid in the back? Has anyone successfully changed the front diff without removing the skid plate?
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:11 AM
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Re: Front Diff Fluid Change Cheat

The front diff has a drain plug, I didn't have to take off my skid to get to it...I think! lol
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....realized the front two bolts holding the plastic skid plate are rusted and one is deformed so I can't get a ratchet on it. How many bolts hold up the skid in the back? Has anyone successfully changed the front diff without removing the skid plate?
2 front and 2 back. Same part number 06505269AA.

I always remove the splash cover / skid plate for front differential service. Not necessary for transfer case. Just did all mine this week also.

14mm and 12mm hex keys for front diff. (200CF); 10mm hex key socket will fit both fill & drain plugs for the transfer case (NV245).

Fill the front diff and transfer case slowly and let the oil settle down. If you go too fast, it will give a false indication of full by overflowing out the fill hole instead of draining into the bottom of the case. Didn't see this happen on the rear diff. Maybe there is more room around the internals for the lubricant to flow down freely.
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Man I noticed my skid plate hanging after I told my mechanic to change the front diff fluid last and he told me "it looked good so we didn't change it" - when I looked at it yesterday the bolt snapped and when I took off the other - that one snapped too! Now it's held up with zip ties. Wah wah!
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Oh man that blows. Go get some new bolts and drill those hoes out!!

Btw how long as it been since you changed the fluid?!
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He said it looked good?!? The guy definitely didnt even look at it....
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Why I want to do my own maintenance. I said change it that means change it I don't care how it looks.
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