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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:22 am 
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Hi all,

I have a 2013 Dmax where i am trying to change the front diff oil. I have drained the oil from the bottom plug thinking i will be able to easily remove the filler bolt which i can't. Now i have a few questions,
firstly is the filler plug half up the front diff ? (where you can't fit a ratchet into the gap)
does it turn to the left to unscrew ?
would it harm the diff if i was to drive with no oil in there as long as i don't lock it into 4wd ?
if it is the correct plug and it being so tight what is good way to try and unscrew it ?

Thanks in advance
Joe


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:16 pm 
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You probably have to remove the bash plates to get enough room to get at the plug and squarely apply any tool / socket to it. The plug will unscrew in an ANTI clockwise direction while looking at the face of the plug. Because the plug hex faces are shallow in length you may have to grind the face of a socket so the full hex of the socket has full grip on plug hexagon faces. It will be tight as the dealer will never have checked oil level or done it at pre delivery.
Do not drive the vehicle unless you have freewheel hubs fitted and they are unlocked. The diff internals are ALWAYS turning if the vehicle is in std trim.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:28 pm 
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Thanks for your feedback mydmax . I've managed to get the filler plug off with 15/16 spanner and a lot of swearing...lol.
Thanks again mate much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 6:15 am 
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Glad you got sorted. I learned early in life servicing tractors to never remove the drain before the fill/level plug in case you can't get the latter undone..


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