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Old 04-14-2008, 10:48 AM
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Hey Fellas I bought a used 2003 Silverado back in February so far it runs good it just has a few little things to fix. My question is the diffs. Can I run I run Mobil 1 gear fluid or should I get Chev's synthetic??
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Doesn't matter as long as it is the right weight and it is full synthetic. I used Mobil in the rear, Lucas on the front and Valvoline High Milelage stuff in the transfer case and transmission.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:36 AM
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Do you or does any one the correct weight to put in each differential and the transfer case I plan on draining the fluid in all three if these and putting in new.
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Trans and transfer case is Dextron. Rear diff is 75W90 synthetic gear oil, and front I believe is the same but you do not need to use synthetic.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:38 PM
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Thanks for the info I appreciate it..
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:21 PM
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its gl5 (i think) that goes in the rear...any brand is ok,just make sure its approved.

and..ONLY the gm stuff is grape scented!
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Argon - I have heard that there is a special fluid for the transfer case that you can only get from the dealer. Do you only recommend using the GM fluid and not any other aftermarket brand?
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ok,the poop..it is illegal for a carmaker to say "use gm fluid..or exxon oil,etc"/..all they can do is set standards and say to ,meet it..

the rear end oil in a 99 and up is gl5 synthetic...as long as it meets that,its ok.

transfer case...they change those a lot...read your owners manual for specifics...there are probably 5 different cases for the 2008 model year...saome take atf...some synthetic.

so yes,i'd buy gm...not because its better...but because i'd know i was putting the correct stuff in
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Find the model number for your transfer case and either look it up online or buy a service book. (Argon might be able to find it too). But there are around 3-4 different transfer cases I believe. Some require that "special stuff", others do not. My 99 takes plain old red stuff.
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