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Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover

Part No. 697-701 Warranty Details  

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Featuring a corrosion resistant coating to help prevent rusting, our Differential Cover is engineered for protection of the differential. Designed as a direct replacement, a proper fit is assured .

Product Features:
  • Comes with pre-installed magnet in cover
  • Includes high quality rubber fill plug (where applicable)
  • Constructed from durable stamped steel
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Axle Manufacturer:GM
Bolt Hole Quantity:10
Bolt Quantity:10
Bolts Or Studs Included:No
Carrier Main Cap Support:No
Color:Gray
Filler Plug Included:No
Finish:Low Carbon Steel
Gasket Material:Composite Material
Gasket Or Seal Included:Yes
Material:Low Carbon Steel

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Dorman - OE SolutionsRear Differential Cover
 
4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Trucks (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual driver (5), Mechanic (5), Auto enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Replacement Cover!

Used on a 1999 Chevy Blazer 4 wheel drive, 4 door, Vin "W" vehicle....

Installation of this differential cover was smooth & perfect! ...Read complete review

Used on a 1999 Chevy Blazer 4 wheel drive, 4 door, Vin "W" vehicle....

Installation of this differential cover was smooth & perfect! Couldn't ask for a better fit... Was shaped and had relief cutouts just like OEM cover for the brake line brackets...

I was lucky and was able to re-use my existing cover bolts, but I really wish this would have came with new bolts... other than that... no
complaints what-so-ever...

I used gasket in combination with permatex ultra blue gasket sealer... No worry installation and no leaks!

Fitment and Installation A+

(for people that haven't done a differential cover before, this does not come with instructions, but is pretty strait forward)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Gasket in it is JUNK !

Do yourself a favor and buy a Felpro RDS 55072 to go with this cover. I lost 2 hours and another trip to the parts store because you could not even lift the gasket...Read complete review

Do yourself a favor and buy a Felpro RDS 55072 to go with this cover. I lost 2 hours and another trip to the parts store because you could not even lift the gasket that came with this cover without it cracking. Where it cracked
it broke while holding it on the differential case (in 3 places ). The Felpro was so strong I could not even tear it if I tried.

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5.0

Dorman parts

By 

from Indianapolis, IN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

I was surprised at the quality of this cover. Yes it is made in China but the quality is there. It is not a bare steel cover. The finish looks like it will last 100,k to 200,k miles.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get FelPro gasket!!!

By 

from Va Beach

About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

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Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

Great product for great price. However, the gasket is total junk. Literally fell apart when I took it out of the box. Recommend the FelPro gasket!

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  • No

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Gasket in it is JUNK !

By 

from Mount Washington, KY

About Me Mechanic

Pros

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

      Do yourself a favor and buy a Felpro RDS 55072 to go with this cover. I lost 2 hours and another trip to the parts store because you could not even lift the gasket that came with this cover without it cracking. Where it cracked
      it broke while holding it on the differential case (in 3 places ). The Felpro was so strong I could not even tear it if I tried.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's a rear diff. cover......

      By 

      from Levittown, PA

      About Me Back yard mechanic, Casual Driver

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      Pros

      • Affordale
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Trucks

        Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

        Not specified online but did come with a gasket. Would have been nice to have a powder coated exterior but that would most certainly drive up the cost and I was very happy with paying $10.99. Well worth the money! If you have never replaced your cover, replace the bolts!! Do not re-use the old ones!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good replacement cover

        By 

        from London ky.

        About Me Casual Driver

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

            Good quality, perfect fit.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good Deal

            By 

            from Lancaster,Pa

            About Me Casual Driver

            Pros

            • Good replacement

            Cons

            • Gasket Is No Good

            Best Uses

              Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

              I got this cover for my 97 blazer because the original rusted through and started to leak. It is a nice replacement cover that looks like it will last long, but the gasket that comes with it....is trash!!! Got the gasket out of the box with the cover and it fell apart into 5 pieces. Do yourself a favor and get a new Felpro gasket. All in all you can't go wrong getting this cover if you don't want a chrome one.

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              • No

              (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Why Not

              By 

              from Oldsmar.FL

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

                  I was going to buy a gasket but for a few bucks more I got a gasket and a brand new cover. It's clean and shinny. I rattle canned it with some clear engine paint and it looks great.I didn't have to clean and scrape the old gasket off the old one and this one just looks much fresher.Worth the few extra bucks!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Quality product

                  By 

                  from MA

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Trucks

                    Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

                    Exact replacement for my '97 S10 p/u; has magnet on inside, good quality. Highly recommended

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    good product for the money

                    By 

                    from michigan

                    About Me Casual Driver

                    Verified Buyer
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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Trucks

                      Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

                      easy to install

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      OEM style diffrerential cover

                      By 

                      from Darien, Illinois

                      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Cars
                        • Small Cars
                        • Trucks

                        Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

                        This product is just what you need to replace a rusted out cover. The price for the cover and gasket is very reasonable, and fits perfectly. The only down side is that you have to prime/refinish the cover prior to installation, as it comes in bare steel. (No big deal there.)Just refinish it the day before,get your gasket sealer out and install.

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                        • Q:

                          is there openning in cover to fill the differential with fuild and does it have rubber plug to seal it.
                          Asked on 8/27/2012 by Tom from Plattsburgh

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            No, this part Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover, Part No. 697-701 does not have a hole in it. What you see in the picture is a magnet.
                            For compatibility of this part with your vehicle, please provide your vehicle make, model and engine specification.
                            For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                            Answered on 8/27/2012 by Aaron from AAP
                        • Q:

                          I would suggest You actually Pull this part from the shelf and look at it before supplying False information again. My original contact stated: "The description says "Kit includes cover, gasket and magnet" My question is : Is the magnet mounted to an inspection plug? a common problem for the vehicle this item fits is a frozen inspection plug, and that is My reason for replacement of the original differential cover." and to this question this answer was given: Vincent from AAP said:

                          "Yes, the magnet on this Dorman - OE Solutions Differential Cover with part# 697-701 is mounted to an inspection plug. For assisting you further, please provide the year, make, model and engine size of the vehicle."
                          Here is the problem : Dorman Products also supplies the exact same product, under the "Balkamp" Name, for NAPA auto parts.
                          Dorman part# 697-701 is exactly the same part supplied to NAPA as Balkamp BK635-1054 and DOES NOT have an inspection plug PERIOD
                          Asked on 1/24/2012 by Anonymous from L.A. Lower Alabama

                          2 answers

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            We apologize for any inconvenience caused. The Dorman - OE Solutions Differential Cover (Part No. 697-701) comes with cover only and other parts are not included. Sorry again for the incorrect information provided earlier.

                            Answered on 1/25/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                          • A:

                            Two problems here. The vin code for the 4.3 V6 indicates the 8.8 Ring gear. The description of this product is for the 7.6 ring gear. Which is it? Is the web site wrong, is this for a 8.8? All V6 S10's use an 8.8" ring gear. Next to address the question you have. All of the 8.8 came from the factory with a Visteon axle assembly. Diff covers had no holes. The magnet is glued right where the plug would normally be on the inside of the cover. No hole is there. You fill from the plug on the front side of the housing. You drain by pulling the cover.

                            Answered on 10/23/2012 by bmorgil from Ohio
                        • Q:

                          The description says "Kit includes cover, gasket and magnet" My question is : Is the magnet mounted to an inspection plug? a common problem for the vehicle this item fits is a frozen inspection plug, and that is My reason for replacement of the original differential cover.
                          Asked on 1/21/2012 by Marvin from L.A. (Lower Alabama)

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Yes, the magnet on this Dorman - OE Solutions Differential Cover with part#  697-701 is mounted to an inspection plug. For assisting you further, please provide the year, make, model and engine size of the vehicle.

                            Answered on 1/23/2012 by Vincent from AAP
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