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Old 09-01-2008, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well its time to change my Differential & Extension oil in my 08 GV. I have looked on here for how many qt's I will need and didnt come across it. How much does the extension hold as well as the diff.

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Old 09-02-2008, 07:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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one qt or liter for each should be enough.

i suggest getting one of those fluid pumps that look similar to a grease gun. there isn't much room under there to pour it directly out of the bottle.

also the 2wd extension doesn't take GL-5 like the diff. It takes GL-4. i had to go to to 3 parts stores before i found some at NAPA auto parts
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I think the tail housing is just a pint, it says in the owners manual.

I bought 4 quarts of red line synthetic from JEGS and did the manual transmission at the same time. It cost me $32 plus shipping.

I also recommend a pump. I think I paid about $4 for it. The other tool you should pick up is a 10mm allen wrench type socket or wrench for the fill plug on the differential. I used a little blue locktite on the plugs going back in but I do not know that it did anything for me, it is nearly impossible to get the threads completely free of lubricant.

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I called the dealer to see how much they ask for changing the differential oil and they said $106.95!! I think that's ridiculous. It is that important to change it? will like info on the oil type for a 2wd GV.
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi suzu08,

I know that a dealer charges more. Best bet is a trusted and reliable gas station or car garage mechanic.

They would know what oil type is best for your GV.

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Old 09-16-2008, 07:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The manual that came with your car tells you the service grade of lubricant required for the rear end, the tail housing, and the manual transmission (if you have one and change it at the same time). If you are 4WD, you do not have the tail housing but need to think about the transfer case too. It seems like the tail housing and manual were GL-4 and the rear end is GL-5 but my memory could be off, please check.

I found it easiest just to order the lubricant on-line from JEGS. They list the same service information in their catalog so it is easy to get something that meets the requirements. I used synthetic because I thought it would be a little better and I think it was only $8/qt.

I think it is only the differential (rear end) and tail housing that I had to change to meet the service recommendation at 7K miles. I did the manual transmission too partially because the tail housing took so little and I did not see what I was going to do with a pint left over. It was also one of those "while I have it on the stands and am under here" situations. You need it level so you need to put it on stands at both ends which makes access to the transmission available and relatively convenient.

This involves more jacking of the vehicle but is not much worse than changing the engine oil (not that changing the oil is so simple on the GV with the 2.7l but it isn't really as difficult as I have made it at times either).

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