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Old Dec 26, 2012, 06:11 AM
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*Rear Diff and Transfer Case Fluid Change*

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So over the Christmas break I decided to change my rear diff and transfer case fluid was pretty easy thanks to the help of (Kyle 03chi) for the pointers I took a few pics of the process to make it even easier for people since there are threads but hardly any pics of the process. Once again thanks to Fredbeansparts I got a good deal on a gallon of the fluid which is more than enough to do the job times two. And I picked up a basic pump to pump the fluid in the diff and transfer case from work (autozone) on to the pics.

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Fresh fluid and hand pump ready to go

REAR DIFF
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Rear diff was very easy it's all right there in plain sight. I jacked up the car level on 4 jack stands so I could crawl under the entire car. Drain bolt for the rear diff is a 10mm Allen. The fill hole is a 15/16th I didn't have a open end 15/16th so I used an adjustable wrench. Open the full hole first to get air in so the fluid will drain better then open up the 10mm drain hole. Let it pour out for awhile. Then reinsert the drain bolt it's magnetic so that's cool make sure you clean it up good as you see mine was pretty dirty for 86,000 miles lol. Then pump in fluid until it comes out the fill hole it's as easy as that for the rear diff. Onto the transfer case!



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Transfer case was a little harder but not really just took more time. To make it easy I removed the plastic undertray from the car. Most of the time went there since mine is help together with a few factory clips and the rest zip ties haha. When it's off if you look on the passenger side front of the car and fallow the cv axel it will run into the transfer case. The fill hole is a 17mm and it's uptop facing up by the passenger side cv axle I tied to get the best pic I could of it. There's plenty of room to get even a braker bar in there to loosen the bolt. The drain plug is again a 15/16th magnetic plug. I'm glad Mitsubishi did this with the magnetic plugs as you can see they really help catch extra metal shavings. Drain until all is out then replace the drain plug 15/16th and pump in fluid until it comes up the fill hole 17mm replace the full bolt and put back your undertray wala all done. It's as simple as that. Hope this helps you all!

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Here's a better picture of the transfer case

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Thanks buddy I was going to do that but I'm at work and not home haha
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Jesus, your t-case and diff look so nice compared to mine . Damn northern winters. Nice pictures, wish I had these for when I did mine.

Did your old fluid smell horrible? Mine did, it wasn't the most pleasant smelling thing.
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Yeah and the new stuff didn't smell that good either haha and thanks you should see my car it's better than showroom clean with 86,000 on it.
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Good job bro, glad everything went well. I told you it was much easier than you were making it out to be!

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Can the same gear oil work in the gearbox also?
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 07:36 AM
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Can the same gear oil work in the gearbox also?
If your talking about the transmission no it can't be used there. It's a totally diffrent fluid type. I have another thread about how to change the transmission fluid.
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Good job bro, glad everything went well. I told you it was much easier than you were making it out to be!

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Yeah it was easy as pie haha thanks again man
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What was the mileages when you changed it? And when should you change it?
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Changed mine at like 84k I know bad you should do it every 30-40k
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I think the book says 15k for harsh driving and 30k normal..
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Originally Posted by 08Lancer89 View Post
Changed mine at like 84k I know bad you should do it every 30-40k
Wow, you beat me, . I first changed mine at 73k.

High five, fluid slackers!
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Hey I've yet to have a issue with my car runs like a charm
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What's the best way to get car on 4 axle stands?
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