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Where is the front differential filler hole?


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#1 danz75

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 11:30 PM

I'm working on trying to replace the fluid in the front differential on a 03 OBW auto. I crawled under the car to look for the front differential and there is a torx drain plug. Does anyone know what size this plug is? I will have to buy the tool for this cause my torx bits are not this big. Is this easily available at Sears?
The other problem is that I cannot find the filler hole/tube for the front differential. I looked over and under for a filler hole but i'm not seeing it. Where is it located??
I need to make sure that I can find the filler hole before I try to loosen the drain plug with the bit that hopefully is available at sears.

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 11:47 PM

It's either 19mm or 22mm I think (unless torx is uhm.. not a regular bolt?:D )... I forget which is which with the tranny vs the differential plug.. The filler hole is on the passenger side of the tranny.. it is the same hole as the dipstick for it. It's kinda a trick to get to.. it's near the firewall on the passenger side of the tranny. Have fun... Get a good long funnel with a nice narrow tip....

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:51 AM

Or find a two foot long hose that will just slip inside the dipstick hole.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 03:13 AM

70 torx for the front diff drain plugs on newer cars. too many ppl mistaking front diff for engine oil drain.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 10:03 AM

It's either 19mm or 22mm I think (unless torx is uhm.. not a regular bolt?:D )... I forget which is which with the tranny vs the differential plug.. The filler hole is on the passenger side of the tranny.. it is the same hole as the dipstick for it. It's kinda a trick to get to.. it's near the firewall on the passenger side of the tranny. Have fun... Get a good long funnel with a nice narrow tip....


The transmission drain plug is a regular 17mm bolt and the front differential drain plug has the torx head. I have to see if sears carries that big of a torx bit. I can understand that it helps with the confusion but I still wish they went with a regular head instead of the torx head.

My other question is with the differential drain plugs, can you put somesort of anti-seize on them so it is easily removable in the future?

I like the 2-feet tube method of filling...comes in handy for the rear too. I have to search again for the filler tube. Looked yesterday but couldn't find it.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 10:36 AM

70 torx for the front diff drain plugs on newer cars. too many ppl mistaking front diff for engine oil drain.


I looked through Sears webpage but couldn't find any t70. Will call them up later to check..but does anyone know where I can get this T70 bit?

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 04:06 PM

Don't bother with anti-sieze on the plugs, just torque them down right. That means 40Nm - which is what? 30ft lbs

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 04:25 PM

I use "liquid teflon tape" stuff (can find in plumbing section at Home Repot or hardware store) on all threaded plugs. Prevents leaks, and keeps threads lubed to prevent siezing up.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 08:49 PM

kent moore and snap-on I know for sure can get t70, not sure of any other
tool dealers.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 09:22 PM

http://www.northernt...552&R=200310552

Unfortunately is a whole set but does have the T70. Looking on net, may be a somewhat hard item to find. let us know what you find out

Any chance to borrow a T70 aand replace the plug with a conventional hex head?

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 10:30 AM

http://www.northernt...552&R=200310552

Unfortunately is a whole set but does have the T70. Looking on net, may be a somewhat hard item to find. let us know what you find out

Any chance to borrow a T70 aand replace the plug with a conventional hex head?

Got the tool finally. Ordered it from the website you mentioned and it took about 3 days to get here. Worked like a charm. It appears that the plug wasn't very tight at all and it turned very easily.




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