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Old 11-10-2010, 06:54 PM   #31
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As a man who has had at least 10 trucks in the past,I never had any issue with this maintenance procedure.However,last weekend when I was replacing destroyed spider gears in my Dana 35,after putting the diff cover back on(I also used black Permatex RTV)-I realized that putting the oil back in was a PITA!The gas tank is in the way,everything was in the way!I bought some P.O.S. siphon pump from Autozone-no workie!Wasted at least a quart trying to put it in various ways.Went back to the 'zone,and bought this hose that screws on top of the oil bottle with a twist on-off valve.I was able to position it just right on top of right upper control arm mount just right and it worked.Other than that,I would say the job was easy.I need some type of pump,and will procure one before the next time!
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I just happened to have done the same procedure a week or so ago. I have about 6 inches of total lift and sitting on 35s so I didnt have to jack it up or raise anything. I absolutely recomend pulling the covers. Its always a good idea to inspect your gears and check for damage, metal shavings etc. Clean out the gobbledy gook with brake cleaner and slap the cover back on. I messed up and bought orage/red RTV so now its quite visible around the diff cover edges. Got both diffs done in like an hour. The most time consuming part was cleaning the old RTV off and cleaning up my mess from trying to get the new gear oil in the darn thing. A local shop said they would do both diffs for me for like $120 and they dont bother pulling the diff cover off and not to mention I did it right and spent $44 at advanced auto parts. Have fun!

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Old 11-10-2010, 09:36 PM   #33
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I just squeezed the container to get mine in. I did use a shot piece of hose on the spout to make it a little easier. Container was similar to this.

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