Limited slip additive or not?

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  1. chauncey0337

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    Add limited slip additive or not? 2000 5.3l Rear diff code G80. Just serviced mine. I've heard mixed opinions but not a whole lot of facts. Fill me in.
     
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    Lots of blurry opinions on this one, for sure. What oil are you using?
     
  3. chauncey0337

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    Lucas synthetic 75w-90 gear oil.
     
  4. Chubbs

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    NO additives! Pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with g80 do not require the additive. Only limited-slip diff in select performance cars and vehicles of that nature will call for that particular chemical additive or fluid spec. Your owner manual or service guidelines will state synthetic gear lube ONLY, for the rear axle.

    Fluid and Lubricant Recommendations
    Fluid and Lubricant Recommendations
    Fluid and Lubricant Recommendations


    Usage Fluid/Lubricant
    Engine Oil


    Engine oil with the American Petroleum Institute Certified For Gasoline Engines STARBURST symbol of the proper viscosity. To determine the preferred viscosity for this vehicle's engine, refer to Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance.


    Engine Coolant


    50/50 mixture of clean drinkable water and use only GM Goodwrench® DEX-COOL® or Havoline® DEX-COOL® coolant.


    Hydraulic Brake System


    Delco Supreme 11® Brake Fluid (GM P/N 12377967 or equivalent DOT-3 brake fluid).


    Parking Brake Cable Guides


    Chassis lubricant (GM P/N 12377985 or equivalent) meeting requirements of NLGI Grade 2, Category GC or GC-LB


    Power Steering System


    GM Hydraulic Power Steering Fluid (GM P/N 1052884 - 1 pint, 1050017 - 1 quart, or equivalent).


    Automatic Transmission


    DEXRON®-III Automatic Transmission Fluid


    Key Lock Cylinders


    Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube® (GM P/N 12346241 or equivalent).


    Chassis Lubrication


    Chassis lubricant (GM P/N 12377985 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI Grade 2, Category GC or GC-LB.


    Rear Wheel Bearings


    Wheel bearing lubricant (GM P/N 1051344) or equivalent) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI Grade 2, Category GC or GC-LB


    Front Axle (S4WD)


    SAE 80W-90 Axle Lubricant (GM P/N 89021671, Canadian P/N 10950849 or equivalent).


    Front Axle (F4WD and all 9.25)


    SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM P/N 12378261, Canadian P/N 10953455) or equivalent meeting GM Specification 9986115.


    Rear Axle


    Axle Lubricant (GM P/N 12378261) SAE 75W-90 Synthetic or equivalent meeting GM Specification 9986115.


    Transfer Case


    Manual Transmission Fluid GM P/N 88861800 (Canadian P/N 88861801)


    Automatic Transfer Case


    Automatic transfer case fluid (GM P/N 12378396)


    Windshield Washer Solvent


    GM Optikleen® Washer Solvent (GM P/N 1051515) or equivalent


    Hood Latch Assembly

    • Pivots and Spring Anchor

    • Release Pawl

    Lubriplate lubricant aerosol (GM P/N 12346293 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI Grade 2, Category LB or GC-LB.


    Hood and Door Hinges


    Multi-Purpose lubricant, Superlube® (GM P/N 12346241 or equivalent).


    Weatherstrip Conditioning


    Dielectric Silicone Grease (GM P/N 12345579 or equivalent).


    Fluid and Lubricant Recommendations
    Fluid and Lubricant Recommendations


    Usage Fluid/Lubricant
    Engine Oil (Gasoline Engine)


    Engine Oil with the American Petroleum Institute Certified for Gasoline Engines Starburst symbol of the proper viscosity. To determine the preferred viscosity for your vehicle's engine, refer to Engine Oil Viscosity in Explanation of Scheduled Services.


    Engine Oil (Diesel Engine)


    Engine Oil with the letters CG-4 designation may appear either alone, or in combination with other API designations, such as API CG-4/SH, CG-4/SJ, SH/CG-4, or SJ/CG-4. These letters show American Petroleum Institute (API) levels of quality. To determine the preferred viscosity for your vehicle's diesel engine.


    Engine Coolant


    50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and use only GM Goodwrench® DEX-COOL® or Havoline® DEX-COOL® Coolant.


    Hydraulic Brake System


    Delco Supreme 11® Brake Fluid (GM P/N 12377967 or equivalent DOT-3 Brake Fluid).


    Windshield Washer Solvent


    GM Optikleen® Washer Solvent (GM P/N 1051515) or equivalent.


    Hydraulic Clutch System


    Hydraulic Clutch Fluid (GM P/N 12345347 or equivalent DOT-3 Brake Fluid).


    Parking Brake Cable Guides


    Chassis Lubricant (GM P/N 12377985 or equivalent meeting requirements of NLGI#2, Category LB or GC-LB.


    Power Steering System


    GM Power Steering Fluid (GM P/N 1052884 - 0.4732 liters (1 pint), 1050017 - 0.9464 liters (1 quart), or equivalent).


    Manual Transmission (5-Speed with Low Gear, RPO MW3)


    GM Goodwrench Synthetic Manual Transmission Fluid (GM P/N 12346190 - 0.9464 liters (1 quart) or equivalent SAE 75W-90 GL-4 Gear Oil.


    Automatic Transmission


    DEXRON®-III Automatic Transmission Fluid


    Key Lock Cylinders


    Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube® (GM P/N 12346241 or equivalent).


    Floor Shift Linkage


    Lubriplate® Lubricant Aerosol (GM P/N 12346293 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.


    Chassis Lubrication


    Chassis Lubricant (GM P/N 12377985 or equivalent) or Lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI No. 2, Category LB or GC-LB.


    Front Wheel Bearings (RWD)


    Wheel Bearing Lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category GC or GC-LB (GM P/N 105344 or equivalent).


    Front Axle (S4WD)


    SAE 80W-90 Axle Lubricant (GM P/N 89021671, Canadian P/N 10950849 or equivalent).


    Front Axle (F4WD and all 9.25)


    SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM P/N 12378261, Canadian P/N 10953455) or equivalent meeting GM Specification 9986115.


    Rear Axle


    SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant, GM P/N 12378261 (Canadian P/N 10953455) or equivalent meeting GM Specification 9986115.


    Differential, C3 (HD3500) Trucks With Dana Rear Axle


    SAE 75W-140 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM P/N 12346140) or equivalent.


    Manual Transfer Case


    DEXRON®-III Automatic Transmission Fluid.


    Automatic Transfer Case


    Automatic Transfer Case Fluid (GM P/N 12378396).


    Front Axle Propshaft Spline, Rear Driveline Center Splines and Universal Joints


    Chassis Lubricant (GM P/N 12377985 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.


    One-Piece Propshaft Spline (Two-Wheel Drive with Auto. Trans)


    Spline Lubricant, Special Lubricant (GM P/N 12345879) or lubricant meeting requirements of GM 9985830.


    Hood Latch Assembly, Secondary Latch, Pivots, Spring Anchor and Release Pawl.


    Lubriplate® Lubricant Aerosol (GM P/N 12346293 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.


    Hood and Door Hinges


    Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube® (GM P/N 12346241 or equivalent).


    Body Door Hinge Pins, Tailgate Hinge and Linkage Folding Seat and Fuel Door Hinge


    Multi-Purpose Lubricant Superlube® (GM P/N 12346241 or equivalent).


    Tailgate Handle Pivot Points, Hinges, Latch Bolt and Linkage


    Multi-Purpose Lubricant Superlube® (GM P/N 12346241 or equivalent).


    Weatherstrip Conditioning


    Dielectric Silicone Grease (GM P/N 12346241 or equivalent).


    Weatherstrip Squeaks


    Synthetic Grease with teflon, Superlube® (GM P/N 12371287 or equivalent).







    Some manufacturers will add a small amount of friction modifiers to their gear oil, and this is where people get confused. The Mobil-1 gear lube with additive will not envoke any ill effects for a differential that does not require it, supposedly. I don't use it but I've read where a lot of Tahoe owners do. I think Mobil is over rated so I just assume buy a brand that doesn't have any friction modifier but it's whatever.
     
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  5. Doubeleive

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    I would play it by ear, if you can hear it grinding/binding up then add the additive, if not then don't worry about it, I had to add it sometimes and sometimes not (I have been thru a few rear ends)
     
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    There is no controversy if you read the manual. The original part number in your manual is 12378261 and this has been superseded by 88900401 or AC Delco 10-4016.

    This fluid contains the limited slip additive as does the Mobil One synthetic gear oil.
     
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    This is why I asked about which oil. The royal purple has it too.
     
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    GM# 88900330
    ACDELCO# 10-4003

    THIS MUST BE ADDED WHEN SERVICING YOUR REAR DIFF, IF YOU HAVE LIMITED SLIP.

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    Soooo much contradictory information being thrown around in this thread.

    Once again, for full size SUV & pickup trucks, no modifiers should be used or added.

    STRICTLY gear oil, nothing more & nothing less


    "Originally Posted by General Motors

    LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL LUBRICANT (SERVICE INFORMATION) #91-4-109
    SUBJECT: LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL (G80) LUBRICANT - (SERVICE INFORMATION)
    VEHICLES AFFECTED: ALL LIGHT TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH G80 REAR AXLE ALL YEARS
    Some light duty trucks equipped with locking rear axles (G80) may exhibit rear axle chatter, especially when turning a corner from a stop.
    This condition of alternate engagement and disengagement of clutches in differential assembly is usually caused by contaminated axle lubricant.
    To correct this condition, drain and refill the rear axle with SAE 80W-90 GL5 (P/N 10950849).

    The use of any additive in locking rear axles (G80) is not recommended. Rear axle additives are designed for use in limited slip differentials which are normally installed in cars. All light duty trucks equipped with RPO G80 make use of a locking differential and the use of additives will delay the engagement of the locking mechanism and may decrease axle life.

    VEHICLES/COMPONENTS INVOLVED: ----------------------------- Some light duty trucks equipped with locking rear axles, RPO G80.
    SERVICE PARTS INFORMATION:
    Part Number Description ----------- ------------------ 10950849 Lubricant, Rear Axle (1 litre)
    Parts are currently available through CANSPO.
    WARRANTY INFORMATION:
    As specified in Light Duty Truck Maintenance Schedules, locking rear axle fluid drain and refill is required owner maintenance at the first engine oil change. Failure to drain and refill the rear axle as specified may contribute to a later axle chatter condition. Refer to the appropriate Light Duty Truck Maintenance Schedule or service manual, section OB, for further details on change intervals.
    General Motors bulletins are intended for use by professional technicians, not a "do-it-yourselfer". They are written to inform those technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or to provide information that could assist in the proper service of a vehicle. Properly trained technicians have the equipment, tools, safety instructions and know-how to do a job properly and safely. If a condition is described, do not assume that the bulletin applies to your vehicle, or that your vehicle will have that condition. See a General Motors dealer servicing your brand of General Motors vehicle for information on whether your vehicle may benefit from the information.
    © Copyright General Motors Corporation. All Rights Reserved."

    I apologize for all of the confusing info being posted here. Our more active members that have posted here on this subject are far off the mark this time.


    @915_Tahoe
    That lube has no business being associated with a Tahoe in any way. These trucks do not have a limited slip type diff.
     
  10. Chubbs

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    Because you are adding chems not meant to be used in a g80??

    Don't even mention limited slip, doesn't apply except towards creating more confusion, which is why the OP started the thread in the 1st place.

    This post should be removed from the thread, entirely
     

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