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    VIDEO : JL JOURNAL - Axle Differential Fluid Change - How to do it Yourself

    In spite of the fact that Cindy and I work from home and have half a dozen Jeeps that we can and do use as a daily driver, we’ve still managed to rack up 15,000 miles on our brand new Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. And for us, that means it’s time to do some maintenance. Among other things, the differentials are something I typically service at this time but it’s also a good idea to do if you’ve been spending any time in some deep water. Fortunately, changing out the fluid is super easy to do on a JL Wrangler and it can be done in minutes using a 3/8” drive ratchet.



    WHAT YOU WILL NEED
    • 3/8" Drive Ratchet
    • Oil Catch Pan
    • Chemical Resistant Yellow Teflon Tape or Paste

    FLUIDS YOU WILL NEED
    186 FBI (Model 30) - Front Axle
    MOPAR Gear & Axle Lubricant (SAE 80W-90) (API GL-5)
    1.82 Pints/0.86 Liters

    210 FBI (Model 44) - Front Axle
    MOPAR Gear & Axle Lubricant (SAE 80W-90) (API GL-5)
    2.18 Pints/1.03 Liters

    200 RBI (Model 44) - Rear Axle
    MOPAR Gear & Axle Lubricant (SAE 80W-90) (API GL-5) or equivalent.
    For trailer towing, use MOPAR Synthetic Gear & Axle Lubricant (SAE 75W-140).
    Models equipped with Trac-Lok require an additive.
    2.43 Pints/1.15 Liters

    220 RBI (Model 44) Rear Axle – EDL
    MOPAR Gear & Axle Lubricant (SAE 80W-90) (API GL-5) or equivalent.
    For trailer towing, use MOPAR Synthetic Gear & Axle Lubricant (SAE 75W-140).
    Models equipped with Trac-Lok require an additive.
    3.06 Pints/1.45 Liters

    220 RBI (Model 44) Rear Axle – T/L
    MOPAR Gear & Axle Lubricant (SAE 80W-90) (API GL-5) or equivalent.
    For trailer towing, use MOPAR Synthetic Gear & Axle Lubricant (SAE 75W-140).
    Models equipped with Trac-Lok require an additive.
    3.02 Pints/1.43 Liters

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    I know I’ve said it before. I love these maintenance videos and this was another great one. Brings back good memories of early Saturday mornings watching Trucks with Stacey David and Shadetree Mechanic with Dave and Sam.
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    so much easier

    I don't care how old you get, bottle farts are funny

    What are the differences in the 44? I didn't realize there were 2 different models of the 220

    220 RBI (Model 44) Rear Axle – EDL

    220 RBI (Model 44) Rear Axle – T/L

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    I still don’t get why the front drain plug is on the bottom... Are the covers on the JL thin and susceptible to catching a rock like the JK?

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    I appreciate you showing the part numbers on the bolts that you get. You had a video where you replaced grease nipples on the johnny joint of the control arms and I was able to jot that down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighwayTrout View Post
    I know I’ve said it before. I love these maintenance videos and this was another great one. Brings back good memories of early Saturday mornings watching Trucks with Stacey David and Shadetree Mechanic with Dave and Sam.
    LOL!! Do they really not have shows like that on anymore? It's been a while since I've been able to sit down and watch TV on a Saturday morning but I did enjoy them as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeeep View Post
    so much easier

    I don't care how old you get, bottle farts are funny

    What are the differences in the 44? I didn't realize there were 2 different models of the 220

    220 RBI (Model 44) Rear Axle – EDL

    220 RBI (Model 44) Rear Axle – T/L
    Honestly, I really don't know what the difference is between them. This is what is stated from the factory so I made sure to list them.

    Quote Originally Posted by TrailHunter View Post
    I still don’t get why the front drain plug is on the bottom... Are the covers on the JL thin and susceptible to catching a rock like the JK?
    The front drain plug is just retarded but I blame Dana for even coming up with that as an idea. The covers are thin just like the JK but I've not had them be an issue for me in the same way. Not sure why that is... could be they sit a bit higher up than the housing but either way, so far so good.

    Quote Originally Posted by naysjp View Post
    I appreciate you showing the part numbers on the bolts that you get. You had a video where you replaced grease nipples on the johnny joint of the control arms and I was able to jot that down.
    Always try to be thorough

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    Looks easy enough. I enjoy doing this compared to pulling the covers lol

    Good video!


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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    Looks easy enough. I enjoy doing this compared to pulling the covers lol

    Good video!


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    LOL - Indeed! It'd be a crime to pay someone to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    LOL!! Do they really not have shows like that on anymore?
    Good question. I haven’t sat down to watch tv long enough to find out in 10+ years. lol

    It’s ok. I get my gear head fix watching these
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    Great video. I had the dealership try and change my diff fluid while I was getting some work done, they wanted to also charge me $160 for it. I said no I’ll do it myself

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