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Old 11-17-2010, 10:04 PM   #1
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Change rear diff fluid today

A few days ago, several members remarked about metal in their rear diffs after short mileage. As a caution, I had mine changed today. The report was that there was metal, but not a large amount, but that the fluid was unusually dirty, and it was good that it was changed. I trust these guys, not a dealer, and they don't steer you wrong. V6, Auto, 5,700 miles, very easily driven.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:18 PM   #2
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I'll be checking and possibly changing mine this weekend. I have a little over 7,000 miles.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:25 PM   #3
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I'm changing mine when I hit 5,000 miles.

The problem is I can't decide what fluid to go with. Seems like GM fluid and a bottle of limited slip additive may be the safest bet.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:31 PM   #4
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Mine just used the synthetic called for by GM. I figure I won't wait a very long time before doing it again.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:26 PM   #5
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How often are u supposed to change that fluid? I didnt see it in the book anywhere.

I think its time to change mine in that case.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:01 AM   #6
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i changed mine myself. i read on here that it was easy to change so i gave it a go. it took like half an hour, and better be safe than sorry.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:13 AM   #7
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Redline 75W90 syn. Diff. fluid with their friction modifier. 1qt is all u need.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:18 AM   #8
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I did this at 5000miles and had metal flake in the oil also. I think that it's normal breakin. I've checked the oil again at 10000 miles and no metal flakes so all is good.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:19 AM   #9
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I bought Mobil 1 and also the FM. Paid the dealer to change it and watched them do it. They also showed me all the metal and crappy fluid that came out after 5700 miles. Now there is a record that it was done in case of warranty issues down the road.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:23 AM   #10
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How often are u supposed to change that fluid? I didnt see it in the book anywhere.

I think its time to change mine in that case.
Manual quotes that you should change your rear differential fluid at 1,500 miles. Recommended but not required.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:26 AM   #11
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Manual quotes that you should change your rear differential fluid at 1,500 miles. Recommended but not required.
Eh really?! I've never heard it so low
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:03 AM   #12
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Manual quotes that you should change your rear differential fluid at 1,500 miles. Recommended but not required.
All I see on page 10-5 is change at 100K under normal driving conditions. Are they serious?
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:18 AM   #13
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All I see on page 10-5 is change at 100K under normal driving conditions. Are they serious?

Yep, same as most cars... I think that the initial low mileage change is to replace the "break-in" fluid that's put in at the factory. After that every 100K miles.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:32 AM   #14
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Can someone explain what is involved to change this? is there a drain plug and a fill plug or are we talking changing out a gasket?
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Can someone explain what is involved to change this? is there a drain plug and a fill plug or are we talking changing out a gasket?
Indeed... there is a plug!

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Old 11-18-2010, 10:38 AM   #16
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There are two plugs. The upper one is for checking and filling, the lower one is for draining. Easy. I did not do it myself because the thing sits so low I couldn't get under it. Jacking it up makes it un-level, and that won't work right. The manual has a very good drawing of the diff and the plugs. Cost me $59 done by my service company. (Dealer would be a whole lot more, I suspect.) Took about 30 minutes for them to do it. Use the right fluid.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:39 AM   #17
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thanks alot, couple questions

1 do you tighten plugs snug like oil pan bolt? not too tight to strip but snug so it wont back out?

2 what do you use to pour in the new fluid? funnel with a hose? which i do not own.
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thanks alot, couple questions

1 do you tighten plugs snug like oil pan bolt? not too tight to strip but snug so it wont back out?

2 what do you use to pour in the new fluid? funnel with a hose? which i do not own.
I honestly took mine to a guy that did our vehicles for the job I was working for at the time. I don't know the torque rating for them, but I wouldn't imagine it needs to be anything drastic - snug should do it.

Someone mentioned going to autozone or something and getting a tube that you can pump fluid with to help fill, otherwise you'd need to cram the bottle up and whatnot to get it to fill. I'm sure you could manage, but the hand-pump thing would be a lot less stress.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:46 AM   #19
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The 1,500 change mark was listed but there was a side note like "only if intended for racing" or something like that.

*edit, I just went through the manual and while it does say that it should be changed every 6hrs of racing nowhere that I can find does it list 1,500 miles.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:53 AM   #20
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thanks alot, couple questions

1 do you tighten plugs snug like oil pan bolt? not too tight to strip but snug so it wont back out?

2 what do you use to pour in the new fluid? funnel with a hose? which i do not own.

I believe the torque rating is 26 lbs.

The bottle has a small tip, you can just stick that in and squeeze until the whole quart is in. You don't need a funnel or a hose, that's for the tranny on manual. I changed mine last night. Backed it up on the ramps and it took around 5 minutes. Took a little longer for the transmission because I had to wait for the fluid to go all the way down the tubing.

BTW, the Royal Purple already has the additives required by GM.
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I believe the torque rating is 26 lbs.

The bottle has a small tip, you can just stick that in and squeeze until the whole quart is in. You don't need a funnel or a hose, that's for the tranny on manual. I changed mine last night. Backed it up on the ramps and it took around 5 minutes. Took a little longer for the transmission because I had to wait for the fluid to go all the way down the tubing.

BTW, the Royal Purple already has the additives required by GM.
What were your impressions after driving it with RP in it?
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There are two plugs. The upper one is for checking and filling, the lower one is for draining. Easy. I did not do it myself because the thing sits so low I couldn't get under it. Jacking it up makes it un-level, and that won't work right. The manual has a very good drawing of the diff and the plugs. Cost me $59 done by my service company. (Dealer would be a whole lot more, I suspect.) Took about 30 minutes for them to do it. Use the right fluid.

My dealer quoted my $140 and I said it's a quart of fluid and it takes 15 minutes to do. They then changed the price to $66. That's not too far from your $59. You have to haggle with them because they will rip you off. I guess most diffs these days are on trucks and they hold 3 quarts so as soon as you ask them they think about the truck and assume the camaro will be the same.

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The 1,500 change mark was listed but there was a side note like "only if intended for racing" or something like that.

*edit, I just went through the manual and while it does say that it should be changed every 6hrs of racing nowhere that I can find does it list 1,500 miles.

It says if you are going to race it then change it after your 1500 mile break in and after every time you race it.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:15 AM   #23
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What were your impressions after driving it with RP in it?

Honestly, I couldn't tell any difference. I didn't use RP for the tranny, I used Mobile 1 synthetic ATF for that. Now that did make a noticeable difference in how smooth it feels when you shift.
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I picked up my 5 quarts of RP this week. Plan on changing out the tranny and rear diff this sat. I have 30K+ on mine... i'm anxious to see what sh!t comes out.
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I changed the rear end fluid with Amsoil severe gear and slip lock additive. I'm happy I did beacuse the fluid looked very metallic. Trans is next this spring.
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