Changing & topping up Diff Oil

Submitted: Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:41
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I've seen a few posts on the difficulties in topping up your Diff oil and would recommend that you get hold of an Oil Safe container and pump which I have found makes a hellish job dead easy. The extra beauty is that they are an Australian Made product. Not sure where they are stocked but look at website www.oilsafe.com for info.

Cheers

Davie
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:45

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:45
Tannks David will check it out.
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Reply By: Roachie - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:49

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:49
I use a set-up that was adapted from a truck's air tank. It has a screw lid off a 44 gallon drum at the top for filling, a air inlet to match my compressor, a gauge on the side and an outlet on the bottom with about 3 meters of hose and a 45 degree turn tap near the end of the hose.
Put the oil in, replace the lid, pump up to about 25 psi, get yourself in position under diff, gearbox, tranny case (or in the engine bay if doing motor oil), turn tap and watch the oil go through.........no worries.
Cheers,
Roachie
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Follow Up By: davie - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:02

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:02
Roachie

Sounds like a lot of effort when you can buy the Oil Safe pump & drum off the shelf. The other thing is there is no chance of contamination of the oil using a can designed for the job.

Cheers

davie
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Follow Up By: Russell [Pajero] - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:10

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:10
You seen the prices of those oilsafe products. ($86 for 2 litre jobby)

Roachie has a great idea and a lot cheaper by my books.

Russell

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Follow Up By: davie - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:49

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:49
For $86 I get pump & container which does the job properly. I also ensure no dirt or dust goes into the diff hence saving a lot more than $86 on replacing it. Seems like good value to me!!! Especially when you consider that a tank of gas is almost $80 now.

Cheers

Davie
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:57

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 16:57
I find one of those drill driven rotary pumps with some plastic hose very simple and easy to use.
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Follow Up By: V8troopie - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 00:53

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 00:53
I've got one of these. Problem is, they are not self priming so it is not pumping anything until you get liquid through the gear pump.
I'm using a hand held piston oil pump but its hard work pumping 90 weight oil while lying under the car.
I think I'll try the garden spray idea next.
Klaus
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:26

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 17:26
Davie,
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I noticed from their website that they are based in Perth, so that makes talking to them (for me) very easy. Are you in Perth too?
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:53

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 18:53
I managed to get a 4lt bottle of Castrol diff oil and it come with a small hand pump which screwed into the top, replacing the lid. Toping up the gear box or diff can be done from under the vehicle. I take it away with me on big trips, just in case. It is a little slow but does not make a mess.

Wayne
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Reply By: howesy - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:43

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 20:43
Some one else said once before that a washed out agricultural sprayer with the nozzle removed to give an open hose works a treat. You pump up the pressure and pull the trigger. Not used it myself I use the old fashion 750ml syringe. Sprayer sounded interesting though I thought I might give it a try myself next time.
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Follow Up By: desray - Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 23:10

Monday, Mar 08, 2004 at 23:10
The garden sprayer works well I use one from Bunnings $9.95. Put the oil in pump up and pull the trigger.(remove the spray head first).
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Follow Up By: Big Trev - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 09:39

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 09:39
I tell ya howesy and desray, I am not happy with you both right now. I spent all day Saturday laying on my back changing the oils in both diffs, gearbox & transfer case using a syringe type outfit, and bleep it was slow, and today I read this and think to myself "Jeez, what a great idea", I will definently do that next time.
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Follow Up By: howesy - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:11

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:11
Sorry big trev. You just gave me a good laugh but I did say that I too have been using the syringe up till now so it looks like you and me both will be trying new things next time.
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 10:49

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 at 10:49
desray, I thought your garden sprayer sounded feasable (knowing what they can do) so I bought one on the way home last night and tried it out when I got home... absolutly brilliant, put about litre and half of LSD oil (as this appeared to be the thickest) in the bottle, didn't actually time it but I spose within 2 minutes the bottle was empty. Thanks great idea.
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Reply By: ianmc - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 12:38

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 12:38
Some of the retail one litre gear oil packs have a pull out spout which allows you to squeeze in the right amount to your diff or gear box. Obviously for a refill you may need a few packs but probably about the same as buying 4 litres.
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Reply By: ianmc - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 12:38

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 12:38
Some of the retail one litre gear oil packs have a pull out spout which allows you to squeeze in the right amount to your diff or gear box. Obviously for a refill you may need a few packs but probably about the same as buying 4 litres.
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Follow Up By: hoyks - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 14:26

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 14:26
I just got one of those little bottles and refill it each time. Had it for 4 years now.
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 14:02

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 14:02
I use the Tom Thumb variety . Holds 1 litre, fits in rear drawers beautifully and
cost less than $20 from Supercheap etc
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:12

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 17:12
Auto Barn also has the $20 pump, works fine...
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 22:21

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 22:21
I haven't changed the diff and gear box oils in 6 years. I check them all once a year or if I have been through lots of water. The transfer box leaks through the output shaft. When it stops dripping it is time to top up. I use a ordinary plastic 1 litre oil container and have a flexible nozzle which I fit to it. Cost $1 at the cheap shop. The transfer case leaks about 1 litre in 10,000km.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: ianmc - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 22:36

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 22:36
I suppose the ole Datto is chock full of bana skins by now.
Smart fella Willem, feed the contents to the kids then recycle the covers to the Datto!!!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 22:51

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 22:51
My Datto now at 26 years of age will probably outlast most of the modern 4bies...banana skins and all. She runs very sweetly and is regular use.
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Reply By: Eric Experience. - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 22:40

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2004 at 22:40
Davie.
Just for the record I use a pump made from an old shocker, you cut the case open and use the piston and barrel to make up a pump, solder the piston valves shut and solder a hose fitting onto the bottom valves, works realy well, you can use it like a suction pump to empty out things like you power stearing. Eric.
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