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Old 01-16-2009, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rear transaxle and transfer case oil

Has anyone here ever changed the rear differential (transaxle) and transfer case gear oil on an 08 suzuki sx4 crossover w/all wheel drive? How do you do it? The owner's manual states that you need special tools to complete the job, is this true? Is it necessary for me to change the gear oil at 15K miles as stated in the owners manual? Will I run into any long term problems if I don't?

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Old 01-17-2009, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They are just small gear boxes with 3/8" drive drain plugs. Use an extension if necessary to reach. I'd recommend installing synthetic like a Mobil1 as you do not have to change it often and a couple of bucks over 100K or so is not worth not getting the good stuff.

75W-90 GL-5 is a really good choice (Syn) and 80W-90 GL-5 for conventional. You should need only 2 quarts to do both but get a third just in case (I have had some be a little short of a quart). Drain clean the drain plug (magnetic) and fill through the other plug. I use a syphon pump to do it at the dealership but there are some other pumps to install on the bottle I have seen in the past.

Fill to the top hole while level.

Easy.

Problem is the break in fluid and wear that is to be removed that was not. YUCK. Change your oil.
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may i suggest you join SX4 Forums
there is a HOW TO on just about anything.

just join up, say hi, introduce yourself, and then use the search button to get what you want to know. if not, ask and someone will help you out.
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As another Suzuki mechanic on here I HIGHLY recommend changing the rear diff and trasfer drive fluids. Go with synthetic but that doesn't mean you can get away with longer change intervals. Whatever you decide you'll discover the fluid that comes out of the transfer drive especially will be black already.
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I'm wanting to change my own transfer case and differential oil.
I need to know the exact amount of oil for each location.

I know this sounds weird, but I really need to know.

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Shadow= my 2010 says 0.8L (1.7 US pints) for rear differential---- 0.6L (1.2 US pints for transfer gear box. I'd say that didn't change much if at all from earlier years! have fun.
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I still won't say exactly why, but I need to get the quantity down to the ounce.

I suppose I can just drain a gear box and measure the amount of oil that comes out. I need to find a large measuring cup, graduated in ounces.
I was just in Wally's World this afternoon and I forgot all about that.

Thanks for all the help. I'll finger it out.

If that's the hardest thing I have to do this month, that will be a miracle.

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From the Service Manual:

Rear Diff: .7 - .9 liters (1.5 - 1.9 pints)
Transfer Case: .6 liters (1.2 pints)
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Thank you very much Tom

I just couldn't find that info. Blame it on old age and failing eyesight.

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Shadow= my 2010 says 0.8L (1.7 US pints) for rear differential---- 0.6L (1.2 US pints for transfer gear box. I'd say that didn't change much if at all from earlier years! have fun.
It would appear that the 2009 differential takes just a little bit less than the 2010.
Since GL5 comes in 1 Quart bottles, (here), I wanted to know how many bottles I need to have on hand when I get ready to change my gear box(s) fluids.

Thanks to yous guys, now I know I'll need to buy 2 Quarts, and I'll have some left over, for use elsewhere.

Thanks Mates!
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