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Old 02-17-2003, 04:35   #1 (permalink)
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Diff Oil Change?

Hey are you meant to change diff oil? if so how often? what type of oil? how much? I got an EL Futura single spinner.

I did a search the procedure seems to be undo drain bolt at bottom of diff, undo fill hole at top of diff, drain oil, redo drain bolt fill diff, replace top diff bolt. Also is there any room to get to the fill hole?

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Ford recommend no need to renew diff oil, unless you have been towing or the car has been worked hard in a hot environment.

I just changed mine, easy as. Best to give it a good run and drain it when the oil is hot. I used a suction gun to refill it, didn't even jack it up. Will hold about 1.6 litres, use the oil recommended in the owners manual.

I used Castrol SAF-XA full synthetic stuff, and at $26 a litre, this will be the first and last time!!

If you bought the car 2nd hand, it is probably worth changing it at least once.

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i dont tow or work it hard so changing isnt required then.
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I'd change it at 200,000k, as I just did, but should be OK till then.
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I'd change diff. oil at 100,000k and add a friction modifier to the oil
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Look at it this way. They used to recommend a change at about 100k. The design of the diff has not changed for 20+ years (not counting BA), so why no need to change it now? (And I don't believe the oil spec has improved to the point of infinite life.)
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