Gear oil is a very general and broad term identifying the general type of oil. Gear oils can be used in differentials, axles, transfer cases, manual transmissions, and even certain automatic transmissions.
Gear oil, also known as gear lube, can encompass or often be identified by several other terms and names in the industry, such as differential fluid, axle lubricant, transaxle lubricant, hypoid gear oil, transfer case fluid, manual transmission fluid, transmission oil, transmission fluid, MTF, MT fluid, and others. Many of these names are simply terms to identify a general application or the product name but not the exact use and fitment of the gear oil. The use of gear oil should always be identified through the vehicle manufacturer's recommended and desired lubricant part numbers and specifications for that particular gear oil and application.
OE Equivalent Toyota Truck and SUV Gear Oil Option
For decades it has been common practice for automotive manufacturers and the lubrication industry to spec and use one gear oil type in both differentials, manual transmissions, and even some transfer cases. The term "GL" included in a fluid specification list as "GL-5" is abbreviated and, by definition, equal to the term "Gear Lubricant." You can also note the below part numbers indicating the use in the front and rear Toyota Truck and SUV differentials.
Toyota Front and Rear Differential Gear Oil Equivalents
- Equivalent to 08885-81060 European region part number for differential gear oil LT
- Equivalent to 08885-02506 U.S.A and Asia region part number for differential gear oil LT
- Equivalent to 08885-02606 and 08885-81070 U.S.A, European, and Asia region part numbers for differential gear oil LX (LSD)
The unique formulation of DGL and the use of full synthetic PAO make it a truly unique product for all front and rear Toyota Lexus Truck and SUV differential designs, both with and without limited slip features requiring 75W85 GL-5. The DGL gear oil formulation corresponds with and meets Toyota OE part number requirements for both front and rear differentials 'Differential Gear Oil LT and LX 75W-85 GL-5' applications for stock and modified vehicles. DGL offers excellent performance in all operating conditions, whether daily driving, trailering, or extreme off-road. Ravenol DGL 75W-85 GL-5 can be used in place of the above original Toyota gear oil part numbers.
Modified Toyota Truck and SUV Gear Oil Option
Toyota truck and SUV owners with vehicles that are modified or not stock (see note below) have noticed differential binding and chatter when turning when using OEM and other brands of gear lube. Due to Ravenol DGL 75w85 GL-5 LS (Limited Slip) unique base oil and sophisticated additive formulation, you should notice a reduction or the elimination of differential binding and chatter when using this fluid in your front and rear Toyota differentials (Blauparts part number J1C1144-001-999).
Vehicles with oversized wheels, tires, and aftermarket differentials (for off-roading or other reasons) will put additional demands on the drive train components such as the differentials ring and pinion. Typical symptoms of additional strains are a wheel chirping noise and a binding chatter sensation in the differentials when turning the vehicle in tight-turning situations while the vehicle is moving. The unique formulation of DGL and the use of full synthetic PAO make it a fantastic product that works excellent for all Toyota models that are stock or have been set up for off-road overlanding.
RAVENOL DGL 75W85 GL-5 Technical Product Data
Blauparts part number J1C1144-001-999
Please Note: As of February 2022, the previous recommendation to use RAVENOL MTF-1 75W-85 GL-5 in Toyota front and rear differentials has been changed and superseded to using RAVENOL DGL 75W85 GL-5 gear lube. DGL meets and exceeds the performance level of MTF-1 in the use of Toyota front and rear differentials per the part numbers noted above.
Blauparts decided to switch to DGL for the U.S. market primarily for two reasons. Since the original Toyota fluid is amber in color, and so is the DGL fluid, customers better appreciate the fluid matching the amber in color OE fluid instead of the MTF-1 being red. DGL also provides an added performance level in its formulation that MTF-1 does not. Toyota owners can use DGL fluid in stock-vehicle configurations with everyday driving. But it also provides added performance in its formulation for heavy-duty, off-road, and towing situations to which U.S. Toyota customers subject their vehicles. Consequently, our BLAU kits switched to using DGL instead. Since February 2022, thousands of Toyota customers have appreciated using this improved product without mechanical issues.
BLAU® Toyota Differential Fluid Change Kits
BLAU transfer case differential fluid change kits are the perfect choice for today’s discriminating vehicle owners who desire only the highest quality products. Our kits are great for individuals looking to improve their performance, efficiency, and add to the longevity of their differentials and transfer case. All kits include the correct specification and amount of premium RAVENOL transfer case fluid and differential gear oils for your vehicle make (see the product image showing what is exactly included in this kit).
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Why choose RAVENOL gear oils for your Toyota?
- 100% engineered, made, and bottled in Germany.
- Official oil partner to Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe.
- Engineered to improve operating characteristics.
- Extreme shearing stability.
- Longer change intervals and extended service life.
- Better wear protection, driveline efficiency, and fuel-saving characteristics.
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