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    Quote Originally Posted by j cat View Post
    the manual says nothing . I got all my info from the manufacturer , and my own work on these. then all the forum info from other owners / repairers with these.

    if the rear diff is banging in the box needs cleaning and fluid replacement with the proper synthetic gear lube.

    only using the drain plug when replacing fluid is not the proper proceedure. the box must be cleaned and the magnet on the cover .

    my vehicle used to bang in then I searched and got these answers to whats up. that was years ago. same box not banging now , because of what I do and learned.
    I've never seen a GM truck with a drain plug on the differential.

    There are only 2 ways I know of to change fluid on a GM differential:

    Suck it out.
    Remove the diff cover.

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    well on the 2000 silverado and the others of this body type 4X4 the rear and front diff has drain plug ....
    with the rear EATON locking diff .which is standard with this equiped vehicle.

    also the diff has a tag which states what type gear oil to use. looking at the cover installed you will see a dimple in the cover. that is where the magnet is mounted.

    many gm vehicles do not have any drain plugs .... limited slip and the open type I have not seen plugs with the ones I have worked . those are on other vehicles like s10 / caprice etc.

    this is the torque spec for a 2005 .

    Some specifications from the 2005 GM (Helms) Service Manual for those that might do this in the future:

    Bearing cap bolts -55 lb ft
    Pinion shaft lock bolt - 27 lb ft
    Ring gear bolts - 89 lb ft
    Fill Plug - 24 lb ft
    Drain plug - 24 lb ft
    Propeller shaft bolts - 18 lb ft
    U-bolt nuts - 53 lb ft

    Backlash - 0.003-0.010" Preferred - 0.005-0.007"

    Pinion and differential case new bearing preload - 30-55 lb in
    Pinion and differential case used bearing preload - 25-45 lb in

    Pinion new bearing preload - 15-30 lb in
    Pinion used bearing preload - 10-20 lb in

    These specifications apply to the 8.6" rear differential only.
    Last edited by j cat; 12-07-2012 at 03:40 PM.

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    I do stand corrected that GM front differentials have a drain plug, I was speaking about rear differentials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stchman View Post
    I do stand corrected that GM front differentials have a drain plug, I was speaking about rear differentials.

    Some of the 2500/3500 series have a drain plug on the rear differential...actually quite handy as it makes changing the rear diff oil a breeze.

    Mine has one...I know that for sure...

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    look at the above posting I gave. you will see the torque spec for a 2005 rear diff drain plug is 24 ft LBS.

    this is from the helms repair manual.

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