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    Default 2816 - Front Differential - Gear oil or hydraulic fluid?

    Hi All,

    What are you thoughts on using gear oil over hydraulic fluid for the front differential? I have read several threads about Mahindra's owners manuals having conflicting information regarding hydraulic fluid or gear oil for the front differential. I have a 2816 gear and I am nearing my 200 service hour. When I performed my 50 hour service, I replaced the front differential fluid with McCormick HTX hydraulic fluid.

    Here lately I have been hearing and reading that gear oil might be a better option especially if you subject a tractor to a lot of loader work. I have been calling multiple Mahindra dealers in the area and 2 out of 4 recommend gear oil.

    I contacted Mahindra USA and they tell me they recommend trans-hydraulic fluid and go on to say that gear oil won't hurt either. I really want a piece of mind knowing that my front differential is getting lubricated properly.
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    Default Re: 2816 - Front Differential - Gear oil or hydraulic fluid?

    They come with trans/hyd fluid from the factory, thats what we put in when servicing them and have yet had a front diff failure.

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    Default Re: 2816 - Front Differential - Gear oil or hydraulic fluid?

    Quote Originally Posted by nelsond7004 View Post
    Hi All,

    What are you thoughts on using gear oil over hydraulic fluid for the front differential? I have read several threads about Mahindra's owners manuals having conflicting information regarding hydraulic fluid or gear oil for the front differential. I have a 2816 gear and I am nearing my 200 service hour. When I performed my 50 hour service, I replaced the front differential fluid with McCormick HTX hydraulic fluid.

    Here lately I have been hearing and reading that gear oil might be a better option especially if you subject a tractor to a lot of loader work. I have been calling multiple Mahindra dealers in the area and 2 out of 4 recommend gear oil.

    I contacted Mahindra USA and they tell me they recommend trans-hydraulic fluid and go on to say that gear oil won't hurt either. I really want a piece of mind knowing that my front differential is getting lubricated properly.
    Mitsubishi, and therefore Mahindra, recommend hy-trans. But years ago they recommended gear oil. I'd say either works, but we always use hy-trans and that is the preferred fluid.
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    Default Re: 2816 - Front Differential - Gear oil or hydraulic fluid?

    Thanks for the replies. I will stick with the hy-trans. Most dealers that I have spoken to lately say that other big tractor names are using hydraulic fluid as well for the front differential.

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