Forgot about this thread! lol.
So I did a round 2 the other day on the fill diff plug while doing my pre-road trip maintenance. The s*** wouldn’t budge! I drove around, albeit not Highway but just a couple of miles and back to warm it up.
This reminds me of the first time I tried to do it. It was like factory sealed and ended up taking it to my mechanic. After that, I was able to remove it 2 more times, but this time I used the thread sealant (which is recommended, and no it’s not thread locker or lock tight or anything…but just a soft sealant with a gum consistency when it cures).
I was literally putting all my strength and might into it, and it just wouldn’t budge. The leverage is an issue, and I was going to use my Jack to push on it, but I couldn’t swivel the ratchet down far enough.
I’m definitely not using that stuff again! I only used it because on previous changes, the diff fluid will seep out thru the threads over time. Plus the package says it prevents seizing and galling of threads and for use in differential plugs and such. In the future I’ll definitely use anti seize instead.
But for now…I think I’ll just take it to a lift again. I’m hoping it doesn’t cost a ridiculous amount, and hoping they don’t recommend to open it up and change the case/gasket even though it does seem to have some seep around the pan. But I just drove 1,200 mile road trip, so the differential fluid is more of a peace of mind and maintenance thing, versus an actual issue. But after a couple of brutal winters and brutal summers, I’m sure it’s time.
As for euro BMWs, I agree! I see a lot of people obsessed with them as a type of status symbol. I just like Infiniti luxury because it always stands out. Like the Q45, FX35 and QX80s are just very strange looking, and people know it’s nice but can’t figure out what it is lol. I still get almost weekly compliments on the Q from strangers, despite the OE paint starting to rapidly decline despite my best efforts to wash and detail once or twice a week due to the vicious Arizona and Florida sun, and now the damn Midwest salt is corroding under body parts that were previously rust free (which my goal is to repaint this year if finances remain steady).