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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
  • Fiberglass composite gasket included (where applicable)
  • Includes high quality rubber fill plug (where applicable)
  • Constructed from durable stamped steel
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Axle Manufacturer:GM
Bolt Hole Quantity:10
Finish:Gray
Material:Low Carbon Steel

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Dorman - OE SolutionsRear Differential Cover
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Trucks (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (5), Mechanic (5), Auto enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    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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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Get FelPro gasket!!!

    By 

    from Va Beach

    About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

    Level 2

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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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          (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.

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              • No

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              (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

              Verified Buyer
              Level 2

              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!

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                (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.

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                    • No

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                    (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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                      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Why Not

                      By 

                      from Oldsmar.FL

                      About Me Auto Enthusiast

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                      Level 2

                      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!

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                          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Quality product

                          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

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                            (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            good product for the money

                            By 

                            from michigan

                            About Me Casual Driver

                            Verified Buyer
                            Helpful Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Trucks

                              Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

                              easy to install

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                              • No

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                              (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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                                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Perfect fit on 96 Blazer 4x4

                                By 

                                from Pittsburgh area

                                About Me Casual Driver

                                Verified Buyer
                                3 or more reviews submitted

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Seems Thinner

                                Best Uses

                                • Quick Replacement
                                • Trucks

                                Comments about Dorman - OE Solutions Rear Differential Cover:

                                After 16 years the old cover finally rusted out. Honestly, I don't think this cover will last as long. Metal seems a lot thinner but it fit correctly and and the price is right. It would have been better if new bolts were included or tagged on the site to fit this diff and cover. I'm a little leary of the gasket but will keep an eye on it. OK for a quick fix on an old vehicle.

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                                3 Questions | 4 Answers
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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

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                                    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)

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                                    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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