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    Arrow Rear Diff and Transfer Case Fluid Change: tools parts and links

    Quote Originally Posted by Kedis82ZE8 View Post
    Fluid condition was pretty clear and just a small amount of material on the drain magnet. IMO.. the fluid still had a lot of light left in it.
    Thanks for posting your experience. This is a good thread for front transfer case and rear differential lubricant change. It seems I can wait until 50K miles or longer to change both. Our '98 Honda CR-V AWD calls 75,000-mile lubricant change interval for rear differential but has no mention to the front transfer case. And I have never changed the front for 180K miles.

    BTW, although Chris_Top_Her had said he could squeeze the lub into both front transfer case and rear differential, did your use a hand pump like you mentioned in the earlier post for both front the rear?

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    Fluid pump worked well. On the rear there is a hole in suspension piece almost directly behind the upper fill bolt that a few other things route through. I found it easier to snake the pump hose through this and then into the fill hole. The HF pump I used had one of those barbed fittings so it held solidly in fill hole and was long enough oil bottle could sit on ground. I could then easily watch it from below.

    The front is really easy but a lot more take off as you have to remove the front splash shield. It is much easier than the rear to change. Just take your time.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/gear-oi...ump-61746.html


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    Question, what color is the diff fluid? the other day backing up from my snow filled parking spot I saw some almost gatorade orange colored liquid. I stopped and got outside to check it out, there were no leaks that were visible and when clean of snow there are no marks in my parking spots. Just want to gauge what it might have been.

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    Dog pee

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    :-) or check your anti-freeze level..if full..erhayes probably has it

    That isn't diff fluid
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    Naah I don't think it's piss lol I'll check the antifreeze levels when I get home although when I did my oil change recently it was just fine
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    It's a goldish colour. A little darker than unused oem oil, or vegetable oil

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    Hmm that sounds like what I saw, no way it could be leaking could it?!? I checked my antifreeze it's fine but then I remembered that my RainX windshield washing fluid is the same color as well. Going to have to remove some panels and check this weekend just to be sure!
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    It should be easy to see on front once your drop the front cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kedis82ZE8 View Post
    Even though I can probably re-use the existing washers I picked some up at my dealer to have on hand if needed.

    Torque specs for drain/fill plugs are --->

    [Front]

    40—58 Nm {4.1—5.9 kgfm, 30—42 ftlbf}

    [Rear]


    40—53 Nm {4.1—5.4 kgfm, 30—39 ftlbf}

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    20K miles is probably premature but remember what owners manual says:

    If the vehicle is operated primarily under any of the following conditions, replace the rear differential oil at
    every 48,000 km (30,000 miles).
    a) Towing a trailer or using a car-top carrier
    b) Driving in dusty, sandy or wet conditions
    c) Extended periods of idling or low speed operation
    d) Repeated short trips of less than 16 km (10 miles)
    I know this is information from the manual, but how does idling degrade the rear diff fluid?

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    Is the Mazda OEM differential fluid, synthetic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lbear View Post
    Is the Mazda OEM differential fluid, synthetic?
    I assume so but don't have anything to back that up. I did use a synthetic replacement. FSM only states:

    Specified oil grade: API service GL-5
    Specified oil viscosity: SAE 80W-90
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kedis82ZE8 View Post
    I assume so but don't have anything to back that up. I did use a synthetic replacement. FSM only states:

    Specified oil grade: API service GL-5
    Specified oil viscosity: SAE 80W-90
    Redline?

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    I used Amsoil

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    Does the differential fluid have to be hot/driven when changed or just room temperature if it has been sitting for a few hours?

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