Gearbox Oil Drain

Sailor96

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Hey fellas, last weekend I attempted to replace all of the fluids from top to bottom. Ran into issues with getting the gearbox and transfer case drain plugs out, as after a while it seemed to have seized a bit even with hitting it with penetrant and heating it with a heat gun, which worked for the rear differential. I checked to see if the factory service manual called out any tooling or sizes without luck.

Does anyone know the size of these gear oil drain plugs? I tried using the standard (imperial) wrench sizes form 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 and none fit quite right. Do you guys use special tooling for this?
 

Fast Guy

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It's been a while since I last did this but it was a standard size. Can't remember if it was 3/8" or 1/2" though.
 

Sailor96

New Member
It's been a while since I last did this but it was a standard size. Can't remember if it was 3/8" or 1/2" though.
I found the transfer case drain was 1/2, which I also could not budge and was worried about rounding since most tools aren't square cut. The gearbox was something else for sure however
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Cathode

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I found the transfer case drain was 1/2, which I also could not budge and was worried about rounding since most tools aren't square cut. The gearbox was something else for sure however
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I’m not saying it is the right thing to do but I’m sure I got mine (gearbox plug underneath) undone using the square stud on the half inch ratchet with no socket. It fits quite well. It’d be the same with a breaker bar.
 
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Sailor96

New Member
She's well and stuck in there, with a 1/2 by 24" breaker bar I couldn't get this thing out. was at serious risk of stripping the drain plug. Might be time to torch it into submission with a blowtorch.
Gonna need a new plug most likely
 

Cathode

Active Member
She's well and stuck in there, with a 1/2 by 24" breaker bar I couldn't get this thing out. was at serious risk of stripping the drain plug. Might be time to torch it into submission with a blowtorch.
Gonna need a new plug most likely
Annoying to say the least
 
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