The #1 Ford Explorer enthusiast resource for over 25 years!
Performance Upgrades - Maintenance - Modifications - Problem Solving. Covering the Explorer, ST, Lincoln Aviator, Sport Trac, Mercury Mountaineer, Mazda Navajo, Ford Ranger, Mazda Pickups, and the Aerostar.
the front cover is the swing arm or what would be the I beam on a 2 wheel drive it could be removed but you need to tear the whole front end off to do it .
I know about pumping it out. I have done many of them that way and it gets about 2/3eds of it out. the reason I started this thread was to find out what tricks other peple have figured out to make this job easier and more effective. it is to bad ford could not put a drain plug in these.
I think what I would do if I wanted to get as much sludge and crap out as possible would be to put two hoses in the fill hole. One hose connected to a pump and a container to drain the old fluid, and one with a funnel on it. First pump out everything you can get, then while still pumping, pour some cheap solvent such as MMO or kerosene in. Continually pump out as much as possible. Once you have got it reasonably clean, fill with the proper gear oil, pump out, fill again, pump out, etc. until the solvent is gone or sufficiently diluted as to not harm the diff in normal operation.
the front diff is like a third member setup like on the 9'' Undo the drive shaft and the 10 bolts on the front and it comes out. if u want to just change the fluid then undo the drain plug on the front then use a siphon to drain the rest