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differential heat

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by bdsean, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. bdsean

    bdsean Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    is the rear differential on my 94 f250 supposed to produce heat or am i in need of a fluid change
     
  2. Chief Plow

    Chief Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    Depends on what you define as heat. Is the heat excessive? Has the gear lube ever been changed before? If you work it hard, which i'm sure we all do, it will get warm. I change the lube every year in the trucks, whether it needs it or not.
    Only my opinion
    Rick
     
  3. bdsean

    bdsean Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    60,000 never been changed the heat is not to bad just warm to the touch thought it would be real hot today because it had steam coming off it but then i realized it was 20 degrese out
     
  4. Chief Plow

    Chief Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    I think what you are describing is normal. I would change the lube to be safe, and work hard and safe...
    Rick
     
  5. bdsean

    bdsean Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    thanks i appreciate the input thats probibly what ill do
     
  6. SIPLOWGUY

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    You might want to try Synthetic lube!
     
  7. bdsean

    bdsean Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    how often does everyone else change their fluids
     
  8. SIPLOWGUY

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    Oil and Filter every 2,000 miles. The rest at the end of each summer.
     
  9. bdsean

    bdsean Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    i change my oil every 2,ooo to and the filter every other time but have not done any of the others yet was going to but ford said they would recomened it next year and that i would be fine for this season
     
  10. If it is hot enough to touch with your hand you are fine. Changing the gear oil is a good idea and synthetic is the way to go.
    GM makes a great additive, called "Limited Slip Axle Lubricant Additive" (part #1052358) It is about $6 or $7 for a 4 oz. bottle. This stuff is really worth adding. A local transmission rebuilder told me to use it on a manual transmission that I was about to have him rebuild as it was shifting hard and grinding. I couldn't beleive it worked so well. The transmission shifted perfect after that. I now put it in all of my rear axles and manual transmissions as part of my maintenence schedule.
     
  11. bdsean

    bdsean Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    is it ok for a ford or does ford make a similar product
     
  12. SIPLOWGUY

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    Good question. I buy most of my parts at the local Ford dealer but I never looked for it. The last time I added the Chrysler stuff. It worked good.
     
  13. Transmission man says it's good for everything. It is in all my fords. A few Jap cars, and a riding lawnmower.