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#1 Old 07-23-2011, 08:48 PM
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4X4 Fluid Change Intervals

At 34k miles was told by dealer for the second time that I should change transfer case and front/rear diff fluids...

Is this a line of crap or should I really be doing this every 30k? They quoted me $450 total for the job which is sick. I'll do it myself if this is necessary.

Any input would hopefully help my decision. Keep going back and forth on whether or not to do it.

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Im sure he is just going by the recomended interval chart which I believe is 30k miles. Personally, I would change it. I did mine at 15k and replaced with Amsoil Synthetics. I will change it again at 60,000k. I do it myself and can be done if you have basic mechanical knowledge. Fluids and RTV silicone should only be about $50-60 per axle. Good luck.

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Thanks for the reply. It's pretty straight forward to do anyway, and probably worth the peace of mind.

Although I have to drive to my parents house so I can do this on a level driveway, still looking at a couple of hours worth of work to do everything. Much better than $400!

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I changed out the fluids today. Took about 3 hours. Everything looked good anyway but at least I have peace of mind. Still better this way than spending $400 at the dealer.

Cost me $100 total.

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My book says "inspect" the axle fluids, and it has this starting at 18K, should I read that as "replace?" I am coming up on 36K and haven't replaced them yet. For transfer case, it has "inspect" at 30K.

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Do you have limited slip? How much clutch plate material (soot) was in the rear pumpkin?

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Yeah, my book says the same which is why I was fighting the need to do this. After calling multiple dealerships and stopping by a few automotive stores it came down to a preventative maintenance measure.

Glad I did it, but probably wasn't necessary. Diff fluid was a little brownish grey and it was clean. Didn't see any soot really. Transfer case fluid looked brand new, but I did have very little shavings in the oil.

I have 3:55's with open differentials so I didn't put the additive. I used Royal Purple which is supposedly formulated for LS anyway, which I was told would do no harm.

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Did you guys use a pump to remove the fluids or drop the pan on the trans and open the covers on the diffs? Also for you guys who changed to synthetic, how did you get the fluid out of the torque converter? I'm thinking about changing mine over to all synthetic in the next month but I used to wind up dropping the pan and taking a fluid bath.

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No pumps, just opened the cases for the differentials which was pretty straight forward and wasn't messy. Just make sure you use something wide enough to catch the oil.

Scraping the RTV off the case and body was more of a PITA than anything. I didn't change the transmission fluid. Just took care of transfer case and differentials.

Transfer case was a breeze, thankfully to having a drain and fill plug. If you are going to change out the fluid in the transfer case, make sure you can loosen the fill plug first. This is so you don't get stuck if you manage to drain it, but can't get the plug out to fill it.

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No pumps, just opened the cases for the differentials which was pretty straight forward and wasn't messy. Just make sure you use something wide enough to catch the oil.

Scraping the RTV off the case and body was more of a PITA than anything. I didn't change the transmission fluid. Just took care of transfer case and differentials.

Transfer case was a breeze, thankfully to having a drain and fill plug. If you are going to change out the fluid in the transfer case, make sure you can loosen the fill plug first. This is so you don't get stuck if you manage to drain it, but can't get the plug out to fill it.
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If you are going to change out the fluid in the transfer case, make sure you can loosen the fill plug first.

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....... Great Advice!!!!
That is an understatement!!! That is something I never thought of but I'm sure if it would happen to anyone it would be me!

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If you are going to change out the fluid in the transfer case, make sure you can loosen the fill plug first.



That is an understatement!!! That is something I never thought of but I'm sure if it would happen to anyone it would be me!
........... That is what I was thinking!

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I would change the fluids. If you do it your self it is much cheaper and good insurance.
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Auto trans if you want all fliud swapped use a fliud exchange machine. Not a flush machine. You'll need about 17 quarts of fliud.

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Auto trans if you want all fliud swapped use a fliud exchange machine. Not a flush machine. You'll need about 17 quarts of fliud.
hey hounddog!

for the unknowing, "me" whats the difference, and are these machines available to the home owner? tks
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$450? Oahallelly shit! I do it myself! I make $350.00 in my pocket and spend 100.00 to buy stuffs what I need!
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Most all shops are fliud exchange. Just ask them. No its not a homeowner thing. There is a way to kinda do it yourself. You may do a search and find out how. Basically it involves two people,a big bucket,fliud,funnel,remove a trans line at the radiator and while vehicle is idling and as fliud comes out pouring fliud in. As the old fliud changes color to new fliud you stop. I'd rather pay to get it done. Tire store near me last few times I did such charged me $35.00 bucks I supplied the fliud. Dealer near me wanted $100 and I supplied fliud. Full they do it was $189.95. Chevy dealer thats a Corvette super center did my vette with Dexron 6 synthetic for $129.95! Cheaper then the Dodge store using ATF+4. Tire store I used Amsoil trans fliud in a Marquis and a older Dodge Ram. Tire store was the best buy. Did it while I waited of course. All three places used same machine. A BG fliud exchange machine.

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GMC is running a sale on 4x4 service, just make sure they have the proper fluids on hand $275-at least around here in VA

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