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Old 11-19-2013, 06:52 PM
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Rear differential...

Apparently I am a moron. I was attempting to remove the rear aluminum fin cover on my 08 f350, and couldn't get the gasket maker to break free to get it off, I tried a putty knife and a few different blades, but did nothing in terms of getting it loose. I say screw it and I head home, stop for diesel. I get this wild hair that says hey... check your cover..Yep after replacing the bolts its leaking.. If anyone has any tips, that would be awesome.. but nothing I can think of is allowing me to get this off..
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:57 PM
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it is just RTV sealant so make sure you have all the bolts removed and go around and work it off if a putty knife wont work I use a wedge shape tool ( chisel

it will likely POP all at once and scare you

ps u have new syn fluid and the LS additive if needed ?

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:09 PM
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Indeed, I am prepared with Royal Purple.
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Ya it's a ***** to get off. You really have to pry on it. I used a gasket scraper and hammer to get under the edge. A putty knife will bend/break long before you break the seal. As said, it's held in place with Rtv not a gasket. There is a groove where you put a bead of Rtv when you put it back together.


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for the love of God, or whatever you hold holy, allow the RTV to cure at least for a few minutes on the CLEAN marrying surface before you bolt her back together..
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:51 AM
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It's done! Thanks guys. Chisel was the way!


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I did mine again yesterday there is a nice pry point for the chisel on the axle at about 4: O'Álock

opens it nice and slow to drain

I bet a quadruple amputee could count on one hand how many minutes a real shop lets the RTV cure before they put the cover back on and refill

but if your just tooling around I am sure it won't hurt
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