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Old 03-12-04, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DIY: Differential Fluid change - PICS

Me and Hotstartup changed my Differential Fluid tonight. also my oil and coolant. I took some pics of the differential fluid change for you guys. its pretty easy to do..

jack up the car...remove the passenger side front wheel, remove the lower plastic shield under the front of the car


the green circle is the drain plug, the red circle is the fill plug.


take out the differential fluid drain plug...


drain old fluid out (mine was really dark and dirty)...clean area and plug...put back in drain plug.....remove fill plug...

fill differential fluid back up. we used a hose because the fill hole is hard to get to. see the pics below.






put back in the plug..and you're done! One 1.1L bottle of fluid is all you need. we used Quaker State brand.
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Old 03-12-04, 06:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Awesome tutorial. Great finger! J/K. You mentioned that you used a bottle of Quaker State. How big is the bottle?

I've heard that you just fill it with fluid till it starts to spill out.



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1.1L bottle ^
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Old 03-13-04, 01:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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nice

I think I'll do my diff this weekend. Simple. Holla
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I did that last week...I was a lil nervous...but worked out great. Good DIY...good job guys!
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Old 03-13-04, 01:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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that second picture.... looks like you're given everyone 'the finger'.

anyways, good writeup. I've always done this the hard way, but I like your way better.
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You forgot to replace the crush washers.
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Fantastic Tutorial!!! Pictures are so easy to understand. Finger is kinda rude, though!

IS there any reason to use a "Genuine Honda" fluid in the diff??
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the first pic is of another forum member so thanks for that
Anytime. I'm glad you guys find it useful and not gettin all confused about my missing CV joint. Now that was a PITA.
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Nice little write up bros....


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one little advice.... loosen the fill plug first before your drain plug to avoid having a "stuck" fill plug. imagine draining the fluid and not being able to fill it up! =O
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one little advice.... loosen the fill plug first before your drain plug to avoid having a "stuck" fill plug. imagine draining the fluid and not being able to fill it up! =O

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to do mine tomorrow and I'd be the one.

Not = O. It's more like OOOOOOHH SSSHHHIII.............
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Thanks

I changed my diff fluid today, I haven't driven it that far since so I don't notice anything yet. Thanks for the idea and pics. Holla
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So, Hotstartup and I changed the diff fluid on the weekend, and I had a couple of observations.

1. Despite the fact that the dealer (stealer) claims that the fluid was changed about 1 year ago, the filler plug was very tough to loosen. Is this normal?

2. The best way to fill the diff seems to be to by two bottles of gear oil, and tilt the car way up on the right side. That way, you are able to get the bottle up higher. After you get most of the first bottle in, start using the second bottle. When you think you've got about 1 quart in, lower the car till it's level, and see if the oil dribbles out of the filler hole. If not, add a bit more, and then check again.

After it's done, just put the oil from one bottle in the other, and save it for the next time you do this job.
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when changing the differential fluid, does the car have to be jacked up on 4 sides so that it is level?

what kind of washer is necessary for the bolts?
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