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Old 12-10-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Differential Question

I'm getting ready to change the diffy fluid. Does anyone know if the diffy cover uses gaskets or RTV Silicone? I don't want to be stuck with 2 off the floor and needing to make a part run. I checked the WF database and couldn't find the answer to my question. Thanks guys.

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If it's never been off it should just have been sealed with RTV. When I re-geared I went with lube locker gaskets and I would recommend them as they are reusable, there is no waiting like RTV while it dries, and they will not leak.

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I've never heard of them before. And I imagine I can find them at any specialty 4x4 store? Are they expensive? Thanks.
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May be a dumb question, but why not just use the drain plugs??
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May be a dumb question, but why not just use the drain plugs??
There are no drain plugs on Jeep diffs. Lube Loker gaskets are the way to go.
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There are no drain plugs on Jeep diffs. Lube Loker gaskets are the way to go.
???? I just changed my diff fluid and used the metal plugs on the covers to drain the fluid. I'm not following.
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Old 12-10-2010, 04:31 PM   #8
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???? I just changed my diff fluid and used the metal plugs on the covers to drain the fluid. I'm not following.
Did you use a suction gun to get the oil out?
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Did you use a suction gun to get the oil out?

No. The drain plug iis at the bottom of the diffs.
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No. The drain plug iis at the bottom of the diffs.
Can you post a pic, as I have never seen a Jeep with stock axles that had drain plugs.
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No. The drain plug iis at the bottom of the diffs.
WHAAAAAA? That's very strange. I've never seen that either. It would make changing the fluid much easier.
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SOLD! I'm definetly picking those up tonight! Thanks oldgus!
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SOLD! I'm definetly picking those up tonight! Thanks oldgus!

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Can you post a pic, as I have never seen a Jeep with stock axles that had drain plugs.
Are they only standard on the Dana 44s? Here is a pic albeit a bad one since it is dark out:

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Old 12-10-2010, 05:58 PM   #15
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Thanks for the pic, I am going to try and steer someone else here also, as I have never seen that. Thanks again for the pic.
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Sure thing...I thought I was going crazy. Though your skepticism makes sense. My brother in law (who is a very good mechanic) didn't realize it was there on another Rubicon that he was doing the diffs on and took the cover off to do the fluid.
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Sure thing...I thought I was going crazy. Though your skepticism makes sense. My brother in law (who is a very good mechanic) didn't realize it was there on another Rubicon that he was doing the diffs on and took the cover off to do the fluid.
I am going to steer Distorted if I can as he has 2 sitting in his garage. Be easy for him to eyeball them. I have a 44 in the rear of my LJ and it doesn't have that plug.
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Rubicon Dana 44's have drain plugs in the front and rear diffs. They are cast into the housing.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:45 PM   #19
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Rubicon Dana 44's have drain plugs in the front and rear diffs. They are cast into the housing.
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I learned something new too...Didn't know that it was a Dana 44 thing. My bad!

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