Below guide will teach you How to Check Differential Oil Leaks and Replace Oil. Please follow the instructions carefully.
Things You’ll Need:
- Differential Gasket
- Gear Oil
- Drain Pan
- Mallet Hammer
- Socket and Ratchet Set
- DIY Costs: Est. $118.01 parts only
- Shop Costs: Est. $275.36 parts and labor
- Park the vehicle on a flat surface to ensure that vehicle won’t roll when you lift it up with a jack.
- Raise the rear part of the vehicle with floor jack. Chock the front wheels.
- In order to ensure your safety, prop the vehicle up on jack stands.
- Examine rear differential housing and surrounding area fro any signs of leakage.
- Take the gear oil fill plug off.
- Wipe off any debris or dirt from underneath the differential cover.
- Put a drain pan under the rear differential and take away the bolts holding the differential cover. Leave 2 or 3 bolts intact on the top. You may need to pry off the cover from the differential housing to let the oil drain out.
- Once the oil is drained out, take off the remaining 2 or 3 bolts from the top and remove the entire cover.
- Wipe off any debris or dirt or greasy substance from the mounting surface of the differential and housing.
- Take a sealant and apply it on the differential cover mounting surface and also to the housing mounting surface.
- Position the new gasket on the cover and reassemble it on the differential housing. Properly torque the bolts.
- Now take a recommended type of gear oil for your vehicle and add it to the differential until it reaches to the bottom of the fill plug.
- Recap the gear oil fill plug.
- Remove the jack stands and floor jack and take a small drive and make sure that everything is working fine.
Tips & Warning
- Don’t forget to wear Personal Protective Equipment such as safety goggles, latex gloves and closed toe shoes to avoid any injuries.