Since finding out my axles are too long, I tried to start removing the rear diff cover. When I put it on I used the blue RTV sealant. I removed all the bolts but I can't get it off. I tried wedging a screw driver and tap it with a hammer, breaker bar, a round punch on the rear diff cover at the 4 wedge reliefs. It does not want to come off. All I'm achieving is damage to the diff cover. Is there another way (heat perhaps) that I'm missing??
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I've had good luck using very thin putty knives in the past, just something very thin to cut through the silicone and separate the cover from the diff housing. Be careful that you don't bend the flange on the pan, can lead to leaks after re-installation.
Putty knives are good to try. Also see if you can slice some of the rtv with a box cutter and a fresh blade. The really fun part is at some point, when you break the seal, you will get drenched with diff fluid!
Not just diff fluid... But the worst smelling fluid in the house - I can't believe how long the oil/ friction modifier smell lingered in my garage... Get some fans ready and good luck
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Also a thumbs up on the putty knife. Also helps if you'll sharpen the edge a little too.
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Very common for these to stick. X2 on the putty knife, just start at the top and don't force it to much, wiggle it back and forth as you cut. Go from the top down on both sides as far as you can and then take a small screw driver and tap it into the gap as high as possible on both sides and once it starts to come loose work your way down. Doing it this way ensures that if you have a slight bend it is high on the cover and not near the bottom. These things often pop loose so get ready for the smelly grease bath. I would recommend screwing in a few bolts on the top and bottom part way in to control the greese bath.
PS Get ready for the wife to yell at you when you go back to the house because this stuff really stinks, every time I mess with diff lube I get the "Take your work clothes off and put them in the work clothes pile and I will wash them"
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