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Old 03-22-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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Recommend all to do differential fluid change!!!

I changed my differential fluid last weekend and im almost at 3000 miles. WOW it was like liquid metal coming out of the drain plug!! If you opened up a can of primer grey paint it would look identical to my fluid. I have had two other friends with 2010 camaros drain theirs and it was the same. one had 1500 miles and the other had around 2500. The tip of the drain plug had so much build up of metal and grime that i touched it with my fingers and taped two fingers together and it was like i had chewing gum between my fingers!!
RECOMMEND TO ALL WHO HAVENT CHANGED THEIR FLUID NO MATTER 1200 OR 10000 MILES TO CHANGE THEIR DIFFERENTIAL FLUID!!!!

Anyone did a tranny fluid change and had any issues? Im thinking about changing mine and if anyone has any fluid come out like my diff than im going to jump on changing my tranny fluid.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:46 PM   #2
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Had the dealer change oil, tranny, and diff at 1800 miles. Looked at me like I was crazy, but it was worth the piece of mind. After I was done, he said it was a good idea but didn't elaborate... Hmm...

I know, I'm lazy but work trips got in the way of proper maintenance. I at least did verify they changed everything by the drips and wipe marks on everything.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:19 AM   #3
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Good info, thanks. What did you fill it with? Royal Purple?

Maybe they're putting some sort of break-in additive in at the factory.

Maybe I'll plan to do this at 1500 miles.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:05 AM   #4
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Had the dealer change oil, tranny, and diff at 1800 miles. Looked at me like I was crazy, but it was worth the piece of mind. After I was done, he said it was a good idea but didn't elaborate... Hmm...

I know, I'm lazy but work trips got in the way of proper maintenance. I at least did verify they changed everything by the drips and wipe marks on everything.

How much did that set you back?
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:15 AM   #5
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I changed both my manual trans and rear end fluid at 6200 miles. The trans fluid was real clean with just a little build up on the magnetic plug. The rear end made me wish I changed it at 500 miles because it was so dirty. You could see the flakes of metal in the fluid and both the drain and fill magnetic plugs had tons of build up. I used Redline 75w90 in the rear end with no extra friction modifier needed and Redline 75w90NS in the trans.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:09 AM   #6
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I changed my diff at 1080 miles and it looked just like the OP described. I put redline 75w90 back in. I have the manual trans to do but havent found the time yet to do it.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:41 AM   #7
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All in all good advice. I would try and hold out to at least 3k before changing the diff though. A posi diff and new gear set are going to create some metal fleck so if you will wait until they have time to fully seat you won't trash your expensive new fluid.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:50 AM   #8
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Ok, I just looked in the manual, and this is what is says to do (no where does it say to change the manual transmission fluid, weird!
First Engine Oil Change After
Every 40 000 km/25,000 Miles



Fuel system inspection for
damage or leaks.


Exhaust system inspection for
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Engine air cleaner filter
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Engine Air
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change (severe service) for
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condenser (or every 5 years,
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Cooling System on page 9-17


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An Emission Control Service.


Engine accessory drive belt
inspection for fraying, excessive
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:54 AM   #9
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I did my first oil change and differential change at 500 miles. I drained both through a coffee filter and holy shit! The main reason I did that was from what a lot of people say about LS engines and all the metal flakes within the first couple thousand miles. I am glad however that GM used magnetic plugs to help catch the metal flakes but unfortunatley it will all catch a small amount. I want to do the tranmission as soon as the weather breaks. I went with Royal Purple in the oil and differential, I am thinking the same for the manual transmission. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:13 AM   #10
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great info.i guess i had better have mine changed.THANKS
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:02 AM   #11
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I have done the engine with the stock Mobil 1 oil and M6 fluid too. The rear end is next.

The manual tranny really likes the Mobil 1 synthetic ATF I put in there. It is the multi-car formula based on Dexron 3. Trust me - it IS better than what is in there now. You will feel the difference when you shift. Nice easy improvement for maybe $7 per quart x 4 quarts = $28.

The rear end will be getting the GM fluid and additive.

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Old 03-23-2010, 06:32 PM   #12
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Make sure when you do the tranny fluid change you use the correct type. 6cylinder uses gear oil v8 uses trans fluid. check your book measure twice, cut once.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:39 PM   #13
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where is the plug for the diff fluid? and what kinda fluid does gm use? if i use a different kinda fluid would it void the warrenty?
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:46 PM   #14
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I changed both my manual trans and rear end fluid at 6200 miles. The trans fluid was real clean with just a little build up on the magnetic plug. The rear end made me wish I changed it at 500 miles because it was so dirty. You could see the flakes of metal in the fluid and both the drain and fill magnetic plugs had tons of build up. I used Redline 75w90 in the rear end with no extra friction modifier needed and Redline 75w90NS in the trans.
You used 75w90 in the manual transmission? Good luck with that. Not even close to a recommended tranny lube for the Tremec 6060.


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where is the plug for the diff fluid? and what kinda fluid does gm use? if i use a different kinda fluid would it void the warrenty?
Diff drain and fill plugs are on the drivers side. My Chevy dealer put in Royal Purple Gear Max. No need for any additives. Won't void warranty.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:39 PM   #15
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I have done the engine with the stock Mobil 1 oil and M6 fluid too. The rear end is next.

The manual tranny really likes the Mobil 1 synthetic ATF I put in there. It is the multi-car formula based on Dexron 3. Trust me - it IS better than what is in there now. You will feel the difference when you shift. Nice easy improvement for maybe $7 per quart x 4 quarts = $28.

The rear end will be getting the GM fluid and additive.

-Mark.
Did that help with the sometimes grindy feeling when shifting? even at a redlight and im playing around with the gears it seems notchy in first and second the first few times then smooth! Unless i find on here otherwise about a crazy reason to not use it, im gonna use mobil 1 for my tranny too. Anyone heard anything about RP synchro max? IM NOT USING GM anything only aftermarket gm approved fluids. If draining my differential fluid after a couple thousand miles looked like what it did with their gm crap then im not putting it back in it. I put RP in my differential. I hear some people say you can only run DEX 6 tranny fluid and not dex 3?
What tranny fluid should i use for my M6? mobil 1? or RP.. and what type of RP? or any other suggestions. I really like Mobil 1 bc i used it in my 02 gmc since day 1 and has 140,000 miles with 130,000 pedal to the floor and the motor doesnt smoke and still runs like a champ. just dont know about these new car specs requirement stuff there doing with these cars.
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The Mobil 1 Dex 3 ATF (multi-vehicle formula on bottle) did help with the gear "nibbles" especially when cold. Do not run Dex 6 in your M6 tranny.

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The Mobil 1 Dex 3 ATF (multi-vehicle formula on bottle) did help with the gear "nibbles" especially when cold. Do not run Dex 6 in your M6 tranny.

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Thanks mark!! I will be changing mine this weekend so Im hoping it will help mine!
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Only thing that will go in my car will be Amsoil. First oil change at 1K, trans and rear at 5K.
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how much do i put in for the diff change?
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Where is everyone getting the Mobil 1 ATF tranny fluid? I looked at my local O'Rielly and they didn't have it.
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how much do i put in for the diff change?
1 qt! Pull the bottom diff drain plug out to drain. Put plug back in and take out the bolt above it the drain bolt and fill with fluid. Only 1 qt!!! Make sure u have a hand pump for adding fluid makes it a piece of cake. It's a tight fit without one but is managable.
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Where is everyone getting the Mobil 1 ATF tranny fluid? I looked at my local O'Rielly and they didn't have it.
I don't know I'm searching right now too calling auto stores. U find out pm me or post it!!
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I'm not sure if this has been said or if it's "common sense..." but make sure to take off the FILL plug BEFORE the drain plug...

Just in case you can't get the fill plug off after you drain it... well, you get the idea.
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Anyone with an Auto V6 change theirs? I know it isn't a posi Unit, but wondered if it was showing any of the same issues...
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