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How to drain diff on 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sports wagon

There appears to be no visible drain plug. Do I have tor remove the plate and fit a new gasket. Is it possible to pump the oil out with a hand pump, and replace the same way.

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Pull the plastic splash shield away from the vehicle, loosening the retaining clips. Remove the splash shield.


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  • Disconnect the electrical connections running to the starter motor. Remove the starter motor mounting bolts with a ratchet and socket, then remove the starter motor.
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  • Replace the starter motor by installing the starter motor mounting bolts with a ratchet and socket. Connect the electrical connections to the starter motor that were disconnected during removal.
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    • It's just some bolts holding the cover plate to the front pumpkin (differential). 10 maybe. You will need a cover plate gasket if you pull the cover plate. You can drain and fill it if you want and it will be fine. Being a mechanic I always like to pull the cover plate and spray the spider gears with some brake clean first then put the cover plate on and fill it up. Get's them gears squeaky clean. But a simple drain and fill is sufficient.

    Regards, Tony

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