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My salesman assured me that all fluids were checked on my truck before I took delivery. Well, I decided to check the rear end fluid today. Guess what? It is way low. I can barley feel any fluid with my pinky. I have about 1300 miles on the truck and was wondering if this will hurt it at all?
 

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The lubricant level should be between 0-10 mm (0-0.4 in). Any lower you need to have them add some.
 

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Oh well nevermind then, I am used to the level having to be right up to the plug. Thank youEdited by: Mr. Mister
 

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Mr. Mister.


Be careful, I think there's a "ledge" just inside the hole. You may be getting the gear oil from the ledge on your pinky. I stuck a curved aluminum air blowgun tube farther in and was able to tell that it was quite a bit lower than from the pinky test.


I talked to may salesman prior to deliver and asked him twice to have it checked. When I talked to him at delivery time, he said it was checked and fine. Before I put a socket on the bolt, I noticed that it had absolutely no marks. After I put a socket on it, you could notice some paint discolorations if you looked closely. Needless to say... they didn't do it. I went back and raised hell.
 

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I think we need to be careful about the lubricant level. I think lub level to the fill plug is when the axle bearing are lubricated by the diffrencial lub, if not then it could be @ 0-10 mm (0-0.4in)..


tanner said:
The lubricant level should be between 0-10 mm (0-0.4 in). Any lower you need to have them add some.
 

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I haven't towed with it at all, so it's not suggested to change it until 5000.
 

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Read about this issue befor picking our truck up. I removed the rear end fill plug at home, pinky checked, & pulled no fluid. Discussed this with the service manager next day and he pulled up an inspection bulletin on the 2004K Sierra 4WD Rear Drive Axle 8.6 inch. "Document ID # 860218" seems to indicate the level should be 0.6 to 1.6 inches below the fill plug openning. Problem was he couldn't find one for the Eaton (11.5 inch?). Says it is the same deal, no longer gets filled to pinky level due to the venting. Anyway, that's his story. Still not sure what to make of it.
 

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Make of it what you will, but nothing beats measurement. Go ahead and drain the fluid and measure what comes out. In my case it was 2 1/2 quarts of factory grape juice. The specification is for 4 quarts. When you fill it with 4 quarts it is up to the vent hole. Draw your own conclusions from what this servce manager told you.


Some people might say those are blatant lies!
 

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Well according to the techs here, the GM rated capacity of the Eaton is 3 3/4 qts. give or take a few hundreths of a quart. That is about 1/2 inch below the fill hole according to them, so 4 qts should bring it to the hole or very near it.


Most folks still do what I was taught a long time ago, fill it to the hole.


After being assured that mine had been checked, there were no wrench marks on the rear fill plug when I checked it, and it was about 1 1/2 inches below the fill hole. While it's more difficult to check since your finger won't go into the hole, the front differential on my truck was low as well.


When I confronted him, since it was he who told my salesman they were okay, my new Service Manager was un-apologetic nor willing to admit they weren't checked or could be low. He and I are not on very good terms now, but the rear and front differentials on my truck are now full....


Guess it's better to find out you need a new dealership before some sort of possibly serious problem, than while it's in his shop.
 

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I think that 4 quarts of fluild is a clean dry measurement and if you install 4 quarts into a dry housing by the time the fluild make it though the tube to the inner & outter bearings on both sides that your readings our going to show low. So like 2fast2 said he only got 2 1/2 quarts do you think that 3/4's of a quart in each side would be in the axle tube, bearings, axle hub and side carrier bearings ????? Now does heat build pressure? Heated oil expands and you if keep it under 50 MPH and only for short burst runs do you think it will do damage? I say no!!!! If they put 5 1/2 quarts in at the factory do you think it might heat up and expand and come out the vent tube? I say maybe not sure, but that could happen. That is the idea of breaking in, Heat up expand and cool down. NOT OVER HEAT .I would change the rear fluild at 500 miles and refill 1/2 from the fill plug. We all can fit our pinkies in that far ( first knuckle) that should be more then enough. That is how I feel so I am not going to worry about that until I get to 500 miles. I say drive and enjoy cause that is what I'm going to do. This forum is great and you get a lot of great information on here but sometimes to much information is no good. I have only heard of one person having rear end trouble so far and I have heard of many people driving 5000 miles or even more with no trouble. Think about it Edited by: Leatherman
 

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Installed Mag-hytec cover, took 8 quarts to get it to the correct mark. First change at 40K miles, original gear lube was dark but not bad enough to make me lose sleep. New cover has a dipstick and you don't have to screw with sticking your finger in any holes to check. Now you can pour in gear lube from the top. Great design!
 

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just remember the dipstick is magnetic and can pick up allan wrenches that end up in the cover..he he he he.......alwasy have a clean bucket to redrain the new fluid if you get an allen wrench in the cover......
 

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Where can I get some "factory" or other "official" instructions on how to check and change my rear end oil?


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Don, it is one of the easiest DIY projects you'll ever do on your truck. At the bottom of the differential is a drain plug that accepts a square drive from a ratchet (can't recall if it is 3/8 drive or 1/2 inch, I think 3/8). The check / fill plug is on the side of the differential, lower than 1/2 was up. Can't miss it. Remove the check / fill plug, then remove your drain plug and let all the messy goop drain out. You'll most likely find you have around 2 quarts from the factory, it is one of the common ways you get "shorted" (i.e. made love to) by the general. Replace the drain plug and add 4 quarts of your fluid of choice (GM grape juice or Mobil 1 75-90 are two of the favorites) and replace the fill plug. It will likely start to overflow as you get to the middle to end of the 4th quart so be ready to catch drips. Wipe everything clean after you replace the fill plug, so you can tell if you have a leak in the future. Drive on.


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Jim
 

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Los Lobos said:
Installed Mag-hytec cover, took 8 quarts to get it to the correct mark. First change at 40K miles, original gear lube was dark but not bad enough to make me lose sleep. New cover has a dipstick and you don't have to screw with sticking your finger in any holes to check. Now you can pour in gear lube from the top. Great design!

I have one, and I think these trucks for their cost should have this as standard. Gotta love the dipstick! But it is nice sometimes to need the finger for probing a hole. (No not A-Hole)
 

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OK, now that I've actually been under my rig and inspected the diff, I gotta ask: where do you get a square drive for the drain plug? I checked the local auto parts and Home depot but to no avail. Any suggestions? Also, anyone using Mobil 1 75-90 under towing conditions?


thanks!


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donmiller714 said:
OK, now that I've actually been under my rig and inspected the diff, I gotta ask: where do you get a square drive for the drain plug? I checked the local auto parts and Home depot but to no avail. Any suggestions? Also, anyone using Mobil 1 75-90 under towing conditions?


thanks!


Don




Ratchet without a socket.
 

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The dealer lubrication service manual says that there should be something like 2-3 quarts in the rear end. The owner's manual says it should be near the filler plug. My dealer has an oil change facility and the quantity info was in their lubrucants book. They also indicated filling to the plug should be no problem.


Anyway, there is GM documentation that says it can be well below the filler hole.
 
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