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Old 11-23-2019, 07:54 AM #346
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Thanks to @snowbizx for the great writeup. Wanted to post this in case itís helpful to anyone else. I bought a set of gaskets that all came together in one bag unlike the pic below. I was only doing the front diff and while the drain gasket is obviously the big copper-colored one, sorting out the fill gasket was tough even when trying to compare the one I removed. So I made this based on the p/n listings in the first post here & a pic I found online.

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You have to use Toyota transfer case fluid. this is a special fluid that has additives to protect from wear.. has electricals in the case. viscosity is not the problem .... mobil synthetic does not have any of these additives..
curious why you say "mobil synthetic does not have any of these additives" where did you get this info from?

mobil & all other brand gear oils that are rated GL-5 have the same anti wear additives as toyota fluid, maybe different levels of some & more of others, but all are acceptable. the toyota manual does NOT say you HAVE to use toyota fluid... just says to use a GL-5 rated oil of the correct weight.

there are literally 10's-100's of thousands of 4runner, tacoma, FJ etc etc toyota owners that use mobil synthetic & other brands of gear oil with no problems or issues at all.
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I have the blackstone lab test on the toyota transfer case oil..
buy the cheap oil in the transfer case you get what you pay for ...

I will not use the mobil synthetic gear oil 75-90wt .. el cheapo and no additives to protect the T/Case .. blackstone lab test on the Mobil ..

using the wrong lubricant is your problem ..
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I have the blackstone lab test on the toyota transfer case oil..
buy the cheap oil in the transfer case you get what you pay for ...

I will not use the mobil synthetic gear oil 75-90wt .. el cheapo and no additives to protect the T/Case .. blackstone lab test on the Mobil ..

using the wrong lubricant is your problem ..
yeah, ive seen VOA's on the toyota fluid. can you explain what these magical additives are that other quality synthetics or conventional gear oils dont have? & why mobil gear oil has "no additives to protect the T/case?" thats pure non sense! mobil or amsoil etc are not "cheap" in any way & not one single user of mobil or other non toyota gear lubes have ever had any kind of problems protecting the t-case.

why are you telling us we "have" to use toyota fluid in the xfer case when toyota themselves say in the owners manual to simply use a gear oil that meets the right weight & rating? i have never seen anything about absolutely needing to use toyota branded gear lube lubes in any pre 2015 4runners or tacomas. there is some info that says for 2014/2015 & later toyota uses that special gear lube, but that does NOT apply to any earlier year 4runner, tacoma or FJ etc, & even the dealerships just use a common bulk 75/90 GL-5 lube on these years. if you are only referring to 5th gens then that may be the case, but there are countless 5th gen owners using mobil or other synthetic lube with zero issues.

& i have no problems using the "wrong lubricants"... so not sure what thats supposed to mean... my 2008 T-case works excellent & is smooth & quiet using valvoline 75/90 synthetic. but then again you think you can tell by looking at the plug threads that the toyota engineers were off by 4 ft lbs on their torque ratings! LOL!

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Filling through drain plug.

I have an 03 Limited V-8. The rear diff fill plug is rounded out pretty good and is also stuck pretty good as well.

I have seen a couple videos of folks filling the rear diff through the drain hole using pump and rubber stopper. Does anybody on this forum have experience doing this? Or better yet, any advice on getting the rounded, stuck ill plug off?

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