So in your case they are the same thing. If you go to an autoparts store and tell them that you need transmission/gear oil for your car they should be able to get you set up. In the case of most front engine/rear drive manual vehicles, the diff oil and tranny oil can be the same.
Is differential oil the same as transmission fluid?
Differentials use gear oil/fluid. A manual transmission also uses gear oil but the viscosity may be a bit different. In an automatic transmission, definitely not; the fluid is much thinner and is called ATF – automatic transmission fluid.
Can you use transmission oil in differential?
No. Oils for differentials, transfer cases, and all geared mechanism have different requirements than transmission fluids. They may be called oils, but are not at all interchangeable. Always use the manufacturer’s recommendations for differential fluid.
Can I put transmission fluid in my rear end?
ATF is specified for some manual gearboxes and transaxles, but not for rear diffs. Don’t do it. That stuff will act like honing oil on the gears. You’ll wind up with gears with a mirror polish and teeth sharp enough to shave with.
Can you drive without differential fluid?
Generally speaking, your Car ,just can’t run out of differential fluid . For that to happen you’ll have to go on driving for a long long time without any service of the vehicle ,which I’m sure no sensible motorist would do.
What fluid goes in differential?
From this difference, the differential gets its name. The gears inside the differential slide around coated in a slippery film of oil. Just like engine oil, the differential fluid must be changed at regular intervals.
How much gear oil goes in a rear end?
Use the highest-quality gear oil you can afford to fill the differential. The weight and capacity will be listed in your owner’s manual; your differential will usually hold as much as 3 quarts.
How much does it cost to change rear differential fluid?
When changing the differential fluid, the overall differential fluid change cost averages between $80-$150 for the rear and $70 to $130 for the front change, coming in at a total price of between $150-$280 for the differential fluid change cost.