Have you ever changed the differential fluid you have 2, one in front and the other in the rear if you have a 4X4 , the transfer case fluid, and the transmission fluids? Replace the filler hole bolt and lower the truck off of the jack. Both axles comes out easily and the seal pops out with a puller and the new one goes in. Replace the drain plug and remove the bolt for the fill hole on the right side of the differential case using a socket wrench. I still loved the Explorers though and bought again. It should take under three quarts for the rear, under two in front. Aug 26, 2011 Yes is the short answer. About 3 months ago 67000 miles a slight whinning noise started when the accelerator or cruise were engaged.
Install and tighten the bolts. While the workings of the differential are fairly intricate, there are a few maintenance routines that, if performed regularly, will assure a long and useful life Vehicles your Vehicles. Worked like a charm at 20% of what Mr. Allow the gear oil to drain into the pan. Adding insult to injury, the 2002-2005 Explorer also has a massive problem with the. If not corrected this could damage the input shaft bearing and seal on the differential causing oil leakage. The complaints are organized into groups with data published by vehicle, vehicle component, and specific problem.
I installed the pan bolts far enough to hold the pan up level and then stuck a hose attached to a funnel at top of engine compartment through the opening between the pan and the bottom of the transmission. Look for any fluid pooled at the rear of the vehicle after it has sat overnight. I was able to put five quarts in that way - no more as it will overflow trust me. Great idea Ford Motor Company sarcasm!!!!!! Oct 15, 2010 It sounds like your limited slip differential is in need of a fluid change. This noise may be attributed to the drive shaft universal joints. Crawl under the rear of the truck and locate the differential, which looks like a round case connected to the truck's driveshaft. Pretty bad considering Ford knew about this issue since 2005.
When a rear differential fails, it can cause vibration, noise and fluid leaks that impact a vehicle's acceleration and driveability. The rear differential is an integral part of your vehicle that transmits torque and rotation through shafts running the length of the automobile. The differential is the part of the transmission drive that contains the gears that spin the axle shafts. Use limited slip additive if needed. When refilling, remove dipstick to provide adequate venting and allow oil to flow into crankcase. Decided to take it down to the dealer who informed us that we would need a new rear end not covered, of course I looked around and found a guy that said he fixed the same problem by changing the oil in the rear end. Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own.
This is not the first Explorer I have owned. Place the waste pan under the drain hole and allow the fluid to drain into it. Wipe out the inside bottom of the axle housing to remove any remaining gear oil and sludge. I plan to jack the vehicle at angles to drain the axles as well per earlier comments in this thread. Anyone want to buy this explorer at a steal? Use Valvoline 85-140 weight semi-synthetic. You can check other sites on how to check to see if that's enough and how to add more as needed.
It is above and to the right of the drain plug. The previous owner had just replaced the transmission before he passed away. Your support is greatly appreciated. If yours is 4 wheel drive make sure it is disengaged and put it in neutral. Your vehicle requires a 75w90 synthetic axle lube for a refill. Attach a short length of vinyl tubing to bottle to fill the differential. Use a ratchet to remove the drain plug from the rear cover.
I thought it was a fuel pump thing or tires. Remove the rest of the bolts and remove the cover. It will slow or even stop the leak and prevent future wear. Mar 06, 2011 RedLine makes very good differential fluids. The replacement or rebuild seems to last for ever, but the originals always give out in short order.
The gear lube does not last long in these rear differentials. You would assume at least some sort of customer loyalty. Must say I agree with Don above. But just in case it's rusted beyond visibility here is what you need. Although the testing was done using 75W-90, would think 75W-140 would net similar results. Install and tighten the filler plug. Just one of those things.