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Front differential service...drain plug?

I know that there is a drain plug in the front differential housing, but for the life of me I cannot find it with the skid plate (belly pan) on. I have the aftermarket pan that comes with the Superlift. I thought I read somewhere that you could get to the drain without removing the pan. Reason being, a couple of the flush mount hex screws that hold the pan on are slightly rounded out and I don't want to make them worse by trying to remove. Can I get to the plug and remove it to drain the lube with the pan on?


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Use a twelve point socket. It reduces the possibility of rounding them over.
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Use a twelve point socket. It reduces the possibility of rounding them over.
Don't you mean 6 point?

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Use a twelve point socket. It reduces the possibility of rounding them over.
No can do, these are recessed Allen, countersink head to mount Superlift belly pan, look like 1/4" if that. Dummy who last removed them did a number on them. I need to know if I can drain front diff without removing pan. I know I could just look but I was curious if anyone had done this and am not sure where on the diff the drain is located.


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The drain plug is going to be located on the passenger side of the diff, towards the bottom. It requires a 14mm allen wrench to remove.

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The drain plug is going to be located on the passenger side of the diff, towards the bottom. It requires a 14mm allen wrench to remove.
Pretty sure you can use a 1/2 inch ratchet or breaker bar without a socket instead of the 14mm allen.

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