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How do i change the differential oil? I cant find the fill plug.

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  • cjmetrology May 31, 2010

    Its pink, the engine drain is on the other side of the car. If you dont know just say so.

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You don't. You have Cv joints connected to the transmission because you have no rear end differential. The only thing you have to check is tire pressure especially the front because they must have even pressure & the transmission fluid. I assume it's automatic. Good luck!

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  • cjmetrology May 31, 2010

    Ok,
    Next to what looks like the trans pan in the housing that the cv axels go into
    there is a drain plug. I removed the plug and about 2 quarts of fluid came out.
    After reinstalling the new axels I went to check the trans fluid and it still
    shows full, What fluid drained from the plug and how do I refill it? Yes it is
    an automatic.

  • eric r barnes May 31, 2010

    Sounds like you drained the engine oil. Is it pink or does it look

  • eric r barnes May 31, 2010

    If it's pink it's tranny fluid:therefore you have drained possibly the torque converter but again I may be wrong without seeing the car which I can not do. Again I'm not sure. Ask another expert who is more familiar with this car. Hope this helps

  • cjmetrology May 31, 2010

    Thank you for your help,
    Your right, it must have been the trans, afterter starting the engine I found that the level had droped and it took aboht 2 quarts to fill. Tanks again.

  • cjmetrology May 31, 2010

    Thank you for your help, Your right, it must have been the trans, afterter starting the engine I found that the level had droped and it took aboht 2 quarts to fill. Tanks again.

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