GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Rear Axle

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fluid recommendations

On limited slip differential rear axle assemblies, use 4 fl. oz. of limited slip differential additive lubricant and SAE 80W-90 GL-5 gear lubricant.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

The gear lubricant in the rear axle should be checked every 12 months or 15,000 miles (24,000km).

  1. Raise the car and safely support on jackstands as close to level as possible.
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  3. Remove the filler plug from the right side of the differential carrier housing.
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Fig. Fig. 1: The rear axle fill plug has tag on it listing the type of fluid required



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a ratchet with a hex socket to loosen the filler plug



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Fig. Fig. 3: Finish unscrewing the plug by hand, then remove it

  1. If lubricant begins to trickle out of the hole, there is enough and you need not go any further. Otherwise, carefully insert your finger (watch out for sharp threads) and check to see if the lubricant is up to the edge of the hole. The fluid level should be maintained from flush with the bottom of the opening, to no lower than 1 / 4 in. (6mm) below the opening.
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  3. If not, add oil through the hole until the level is at the edge of the hole. Most gear lubricants come in a plastic squeeze bottle with a nozzle or a pump-type device, making additions simple.
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Fig. Fig. 4: If necessary, add fluid through the fill plug opening, using a plastic squeeze bottle with a tube attached to it

  1. Install the filler plug and tighten to 8-11 ft. lbs. (10-15 Nm) for 1984-88 vehicles, to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm) for 1989-95 or to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm) for 1996 vehicles.
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  3. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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DRAIN & REFILL



See Figures 5, 6 and 7



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Fig. Fig. 5: Use ratchet and extension combination with a 13mm socket to loosen the rear axle drain plug



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Fig. Fig. 6: After the drain plug has been loosened, you can unthread it by hand



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Fig. Fig. 7: Withdraw the drain plug, and allow the fluid to drain

The rear axle should have the gear lubricant changed every 7,500 miles (12,000km). Be sure to add 4 oz. (118mL) of GM limited slip additive part No. 1052358.

  1. Raise the car and safely support on jackstands. Place a suitable container under the differential to catch the fluid.
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  3. If necessary, Remove the bolts retaining the parking brake cable guides and position aside.
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  5. Clean all dirt from the area around the drain plug.
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  7. Unfasten the drain plug using a13mm socket, then allow the fluid to drain into the drain pan.
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To install:
  1. Install the drain plug and tighten securely.
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  3. Fill the differential with fluid through the fill plug and add limited slip additive, as required.
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  5. Install the parking brake cable guides, if removed.
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  7. The fluid level should reached a level within 3 / 8 in. (10mm) of the filler plug hole. Replace the filler plug.
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  9. Carefully lower the car and inspect for leaks.
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