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rear axle housing stuck... yikes

SwaintaN

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ok went to go redoe the seal on the rear axle housing, and yikes, got the cover off, all drained and cleaned. changed the breather hose. but yikes i cant get the fill plug out!!! anyone have an tips and tricks on this!?! wasnt that bad when i did it years ago but already broke Kobalt and Craftsman tool on it
 






Roadrunner777

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Penetrating oil. If you can find a way, deliver a few sharp raps to the plug (I know, it's not very accessible). How they decided to use taper plugs on the diffs... I have no idea.

Sometimes, when I am on my back, or hanging upside down or something... I confuse which way I am turning something. I'm sure that's not your issue, just putting it out there.
 






jd4242

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Torch!! If you can't get it out you can always fill it from the top, which is how I always fill mine.take the abs plug out and fill there.
 






cloaked_chaos

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This is one of the reasons I love living in Arizona. You don't really get the rusted/stuck bolts out here. My fill plugs always come out with a ratchet and a small amount of force.

I imagine a small 3/8 extension and a breaker bar would get the job done quick.

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