How much gear oil in rear axle housing?


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Old 10-07-13, 07:48 AM
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How much gear oil in rear axle housing?

I have a 92' Ford Ranger XLT with 2.9 V6 and 4WD. I just had an expensive rear axle (limited slip) repair, and I better make sure I maintain the gear oil level as I always have. How many ounces of gear oil does my rear differential housing contain?
 
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Also check to see if your rear end needs a special oil or a friction modifying additive for your limited slip.
 
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Yes. Thanks for the reminder on the additive. They already put the friction additive in it. I was wondering how many ounces or quarts of gear oil the syetem contained.
 
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Got an owners manual? It should tell you.
 
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Yeah, you're right. The owner's manual said 5 pints. I was curious because I had checked the level in the rear axle housing two days after it had a major repair. Nothing trickled out and I had to add 10 ounces. I had a frank discussion with them about that.
 
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The lube had to work it's way back out into the axle tubes. Still 10ozs. is quite a bit.
 
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Cant speak to this one but some gear cases you dont fill up to hole. If I hadnt lost some of my rememberer I would know which ones it was.
 
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My owner manual said you fill till it trickles out of drain hole. I'm glad I checked it. I wasn't too pleased with the guy saying, "It's almost as if you want something to be wrong with it." With all the errors I have seen over the years, I guess he doesn't think I have a right to check the work on my own truck.

Veering a little off topic here. Some years ago, this guy was attempting to put my truck up on the hydraulic lift. He put one of the braces under the gas tank plate. The truck was crooked in the air. He got mad when I told his boss.
 
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Had a local service station put a car on the lift then put a jack under one side of the body to try to get a tailpipe in. The car fell off the lift and wedged between the lift and a tire changer. Thrilling.
 
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It actually fell off the lift? Wow! So then the repair shop had to pay for body damage too? When I saw my truck teetering on the lift, I almost sh&% in my pants.

I assume you're a retired mechanic or tradesman. I bet you could write a book from what you've seen in your career.
 
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I have often wished I had kept a journal of all the wierd and funny things I have seen in 58 years.
 
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That's quite a history you got there
 
 

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