Do you guys change gear oil in cold weather?

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Old 12-18-15, 11:25 AM
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Do you guys change gear oil in cold weather?

I have a 92' Ford Ranger XLT with 2.9 V6. It's time for me to change the gear oil in my rear axle housing. The days have not been too warm lately, maybe in low fifties. I know gear oil is considerably thicker than motor oil. Will the gear oil be runny and warm enough to drain in cool weather if I drive it some?
 
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It's usually a summer job for me but fifties should be ok. Pull the cover and put a floodlight on the rear. That heat will make it flow quickly. The problem is draining the axle tubes..... the lube will flow very slowly from them. A drive before hand may help some.
 
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Or pull the cover and leave it for a while with a catch pan underneath. It may drain slower than in summer but it will drain.
 
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It would likely wait until Spring to do.

I'm in Canada so I schedule DIY oil changes for fair weather (plan ahead)

How bad can it be in AZ ??!!
 
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Thanks for your responses. Weather forecast in my part of Arizona for next two weeks is forties' at night and mostly sixties' during the daytime. Or I can just wait till March.
 
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I wouldn't think those temps would pose a problem, especially if you drove the vehicle first to warm up the gear oil. Bring the new gear oil inside overnight to warm it up will also help.
 
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Ok. Thanks. Good idea too on garaging it overnight. We'll get a few days in the next two weeks where it will hit 70 or so.
 
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