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Old 10-26-2002, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default Question on replacing differential cover gasket ( non-Saturn question)

I have reveived great technical help from you guys before on my Saturn, now I have a question on my brothers truck. I will be helping my brother replace the rear differential cover gasket on his Nissan Frontier truck. Is it as easy as removing all of the cover blots, cleaning the surfaces, putting on the new gasket and re-torquing the blots? I just want to make sure something inside doesn't pop out of place when I remove the cover.

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Old 10-26-2002, 04:14 PM   #2
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Unless it is dramtically different than any other rear wheel drive car out there no. If it has the cover on the rear of the rear diff with the ring of bolts around then yes, remove bolts, remove cover, clean everything well and reinstall and refill with new fluid as recommended by Nissan (in regards to type of).

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Old 10-26-2002, 06:32 PM   #3
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I will only add to be sure to completely degrease the cover to housing mating surfaces with some "Brake Clean" or similiar product to ensure the new gasket and sealer will bond and seal.

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Old 10-27-2002, 12:50 AM   #4
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Nissan Pickups{memory serving me correctly} use the removable carrier type rear ends{the differential mounts into a holder then bolts into the front of the rear axle}? If so you'll have to remove the axles, they should have pressed on bearings at each wheel & have retainers at each wheel that will have to be unbolted to remove them from the axle tubes. The axles will have to come out before you can remove the differential carrier. If you don't have a manual, get one. This type of rear end requires precise torquing of the bolts in order to avoid leaks & potential damage to the differential. The asian manufacturer stuck with this design because it is stronger & easier to adjust then the integral design that the Big Three use.

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