Does anyone know of an easy way to drain the rear diff on a 9 inch rear? It doesn't have a drain plug and I'm not much in the mood to pull the axles and split the housing apart. Any help is appreciated.
THere is a tool available called a suction gun. Looks like a grease gun without the pump handle. You can stick the hose into the fill hole and suck out the old oil. You will not get all of it by doing it this way, but it will be close enough to make the new oil new.
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Thanks for all of the feedback, everyone!
I tried using a suction gun but didn't have any luck. There's really no clearance between the ring gear and the side of the housing to get the tube down to the bottom of the diff. I also tried using the old siphon method, but that seemed like it would take way too long, not to mention it didn't taste so good.
So I came up with an interesting way to get most of the oil out easily. I have the truck up on jack stands and I noticed that if I spin the driveshaft, a little oil was coming out. So I started it up and put it in reverse and let the truck idle the oil out. Probably not the best way, but without being able to get the suction gun in there and not feeling like getting another mouthful of oil, it seemed like a decent idea.
The only possible bad side is that I'm not sure that I got all of the oil out, but I'll try to siphon it again and see if any more comes out.
Again, thanks for the feedback.
i was told how foolish i was for doing this but..
i drilled a very small hole in the back bottom curve of the housing and put in a very small screw with a washer and put a little sealant on it.
so far i have had not a problem one...
reason is that it gets submerged in water 55-60 times a year and i like to change fluid....a lot..
"THere is a tool available called a suction gun. Looks like a grease gun without the pump handle. You can stick the hose into the fill hole and suck out the old oil. You will not get all of it by doing it this way, but it will be close enough to make the new oil new."
Suction gun sucks when it comes to gear oil. Biggest POS I have ever used. Had a 5ver of Red Tacky which I used in the diffs and t-case and it was a pain to fill the gun.
I would drill a hole on the side and either weld on a bung with a plug or use a self tapping oil pan plug with 1 of those washers that have a rubber seal. After all you'll probably have to drain it again.
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