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Diff Oil change

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:50 pm
by D366Y
Afternoon all,

Apologies if this is a bit of a dunce questions but the Haynes book of uselessness is pretty thin on how to do this...
I have the later diff/axle as it's for my laser so think its an Atlas (??) I know that there are the bolts on the back of the casing to take it off, change the gasket and bolt it back on again, the only thing I don't know is how to fill it up with oil again afterwards....?

Apologies if I'm being a moron!

Thanks
Danny

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:03 pm
by stevemarl
Not at all, there`s a filler plug on the passenger side of the differential casing, you can see it just behind the exhaust pipe, it`s either a 10 or 11mm square drive but if it`s not too chewed up a 3/8" ratchet will fit:
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Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:27 pm
by D366Y
stevemarl wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:03 pm
Not at all, there`s a filler plug on the passenger side of the differential casing, you can see it just behind the exhaust pipe, it`s either a 10 or 11mm square drive but if it`s not too chewed up a 3/8" ratchet will fit:
That's absolutely perfect thanks Steve for the piccie, that's great :cool:

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:09 pm
by Andrew 2.8i
Two exhaust clamps is a bit extravagant! :)

Andrew.

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:04 pm
by Mc Tool
Yes , very cunning ,2 shiney new clamps nicely draws your eyes away from the painted over rusty pipe :lol:

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:31 pm
by Andrew 2.8i
Mc Tool wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:04 pm
Yes , very cunning ,2 shiney new clamps nicely draws your eyes away from the painted over rusty pipe :lol:
I like your new signature message, but who looks? :? :lol:

Andrew.

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:13 pm
by stevemarl
Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:09 pm
Two exhaust clamps is a bit extravagant!
Mc Tool wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:04 pm
Yes , very cunning ,2 shiney new clamps nicely draws your eyes away from the painted over rusty pipe
Yes, indeed, it`s a very old pic with an untidy old exhaust and tbh I`m thoroughly ashamed to have posted it - but it was the only one in the `archive` which showed the filler plug. Don`t worry though, it was replaced 10 years ago with this, featuring a single Jubilee super- clamp (or whatever they`re called) Like a Mikalor but more solid.
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Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:15 pm
by stevemarl
Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:31 pm
but who looks
Anyone who`s ever had ulcerative colitis? ;)

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:44 am
by Andrew 2.8i
stevemarl wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:13 pm
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That's more like what we expect from you!
I hope you weren't genuinely "thoroughly ashamed" to have posted the original photo. It perfectly indicated the position of the oil filler plug for Danny, and also gave us a sneak glimpse of the underside of your wonderful Laser. :D

Andrew.

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:01 pm
by Cosmicbike
stevemarl wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:03 pm
Not at all, there`s a filler plug on the passenger side of the differential casing, you can see it just behind the exhaust pipe, it`s either a 10 or 11mm square drive but if it`s not too chewed up a 3/8" ratchet will fit:
Image
And do please make sure you can undo the filler plug before you remove the rear cover and drain all the oil out. If the 3/8" ratchet doesn't work (it did on mine) then a set of Stillsons or decent mole grips will do the trick. Once out I believe it share the same thread with plumbing fittings so can be replaced with one with a square protruding head for future changes.

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:30 pm
by D366Y
Cosmicbike wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:01 pm


And do please make sure you can undo the filler plug before you remove the rear cover and drain all the oil out. If the 3/8" ratchet doesn't work (it did on mine) then a set of Stillsons or decent mole grips will do the trick. Once out I believe it share the same thread with plumbing fittings so can be replaced with one with a square protruding head for future changes.
I wish I'd read this before I went and took the rear cover off this morning then.... :shock:
Was such a bitch of a job just getting it off to be honest! How puts an anti-roll bar directly in front of the bolt head so I can't get anything on it?? What a stupid idea - although apparently less stupid than me not coming back here first! :lol:

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:11 pm
by Bug
Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:31 pm
Mc Tool wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:04 pm
Yes , very cunning ,2 shiney new clamps nicely draws your eyes away from the painted over rusty pipe :lol:
I like your new signature message, but who looks? :? :lol:

Andrew.
And the grammar is all wrong!
Should be written in the turd person singular :D

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:11 am
by Mc Tool
Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:31 pm
Mc Tool wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:04 pm
Yes , very cunning ,2 shiney new clamps nicely draws your eyes away from the painted over rusty pipe :lol:
I like your new signature message, but who looks? :? :lol:

Andrew.
Whoever you think may take an interest.....you can pretty much rule out wives and mother's , no sense of humour there, best plan is to simply leave it to be "discovered" , and the women's toilet is the best bang for your buck :lol:

Re: Diff Oil change

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:17 pm
by pbar
D366Y wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:30 pm
Was such a bitch of a job just getting it off to be honest!
Not much use to you now Danny I know, but I guess you could have used one of those fluid hand extraction pumps (which many use for the gearbox oil) and sucked the oil out from the filler hole, then just put fresh in although I think you wished to change the gasket anyway.