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Old 02-08-2017, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Facing fluids change, some questions.

As the previous owner of my truck didn't take care at all of it I will be changing all fluids, if possible this week or the next.

I have an 07' GV 2WD V6 2.7, I know that the oil change on this engine is a pain in the... but I've been reading the forum and watching videos and I think I can deal with it.

My question goes towards the differential/ transmission.

Being my truck a 2WD I only have to change transmission and rear differential fluids as I have no transfer case, extension/ front differential or any other lubricated system, right?

Question might sound dumb but it's my first SUV and I'm still getting to know her

Thanks in advance!
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Being my truck a 2WD I only have to change transmission and rear differential fluids as I have no transfer case, extension/ front differential or any other lubricated system, right?
Correct! See your Owner's Manual for the type and amount of gear oil to purchase.

It would also be prudent to flush / bleed the braking system of the old fluid and to change-out the engine coolant.
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Correct! See your Owner's Manual for the type and amount of gear oil to purchase.

It would also be prudent to flush / bleed the braking system of the old fluid and to change-out the engine coolant.
Thanks Max, that's what I wanted to hear! I've already been shopping around and reading the forum for fluid and other stuff recommendations so here's my shopping list (the wife will be so thrilled... ).

Engine oil: Pennzoil Paltinum SYN 5w30
Engine filter: K&N Pro Series

Trans fluid: Mobil 1 3309
Diff fluid: Redline 75w90 GL-5
Brakes fluid: Valvoline DOT 4
Engine coolant: Prestone 50/50 AF-777 (Ethylene Glycol)

Air filter: STP SA10286
Air cabin filter: STP CAF1870P

As long as I'm doing the services I will try to do my best to make some kind of tutorial with pics to publish in the forum, the tutorials on my other car's forum helped me big time and saved me lots of money so I hope someone else can benefit from them.
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Just a personal opinion here...

K&N filters. Touted to provide increased air flow, but at a cost IMO. Independant testing shows that they don't capture particulate debris as well as others, thus are less restrictive. They are great for high-revving performance engine applications, just not the optimum filter for normal / daily driver use. A Fram or Wix might be a better investment. Purolator too.

STP filters in general...have read some on-line filter comparisons and they lack in performance and construction quality in general, their oil filter line at least. Possibly the other applications as well. FRAM gets a bad review as well.

Synthetic verses conventional motor oil. An age old debate. I'm all in favor of conventional oil changed at 3-4K. Removing contaminates and replenishing lost additives the bonus there. My 2.5 GV just accomplished 302K without ever entertaining any sort of internal engine issues on conventional 5W-30, FWIW.
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Didn't know about the K&N filters... Read some good reviews online and thought of giving them a try. I like to stick with OEM in all my cars but the only place I found that has the OEM filter they want $25+ shipping which I think is outrageous for an oil filter, gonna keep shopping for some fram or wix.

I know STP are budget filters but they are for sure better than the ones that are now installed and the prices are in both cases less than a half than a Wix, I know that you get what you pay for but particularly those two items I don't care if they aren't top notch so I'l give them a try and see how it goes.

Ahhh the syn vs mineral debate! Old as the planet! When I was a kid my dad used to use plain mineral 20w50 oil in his air cooled Karmann Ghia and Fiat 500 and I think neither of the engines were ever opened. I use synthetic on all my cars and never had a problem but I guess as long as you use the correct weight the syn vs mineral is a personal election (my dad would be telling me "you are paying more for the same" but still... haha!)

Gonna keep you posted, thanks again Max!
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OE oil filters. $14 ish on-line at Suzuki.
https://suzukicarparts.com/parts/200...&siteid=214820


E-bay w/free shipping too at $15.17 on a quick search.
SUZUKI OEM 99-08 Grand Vitara Engine-Oil Filter 1651085FA0 | eBay
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About K&N reusable filters:

In my opinion, it's wasted money. Why?
- Quite expensive.
- Improved air flow, if actually present, is not necessary for stock cars.
- Have to be washed / re-oiled every service (more work to do)
- Over-oiling can lead to contamination of sensitive parts like MAF Sensor.

I'd rather stick to the normal filters.
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Hey Max, thanks! Just looked at the OEM but after shipping price is $32.23, gonna look for a Fram or a Wix at Autozone or Advance

Patico, I was talking about the K&N oil filter but good to know that too, guess I'll be staying away to the K&N's unless I build a race car which I doubt lol.
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The same would apply to the oil filter.

If I recall correctly, a reusable oil filter costs around $250. And yet, you have to dismantle it, clean it and reinstall. Imagine the mess
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As the previous owner of my truck didn't take care at all of it I will be changing all fluids, if possible this week or the next.

I have an 07' GV 2WD V6 2.7, I know that the oil change on this engine is a pain in the... but I've been reading the forum and watching videos and I think I can deal with it.

My question goes towards the differential/ transmission.

Being my truck a 2WD I only have to change transmission and rear differential fluids as I have no transfer case, extension/ front differential or any other lubricated system, right?

Question might sound dumb but it's my first SUV and I'm still getting to know her

Thanks in advance!
As you have 2wd does it not have an extension case on the transmission that has oil in ?
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