How To Change Your Differential Fluid In A Honda CRV




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Michael Mork: I think I need to do this; don't think the last owner replaced this very often. Is "noise" heard from the rear end while driving 35+ mph a symptom of needing fluid replacement?

Alan Davis: I just had this done at the dealer, and it cost 92 dollars!

Walt Clayton: Your videos are a great help and easy to follow. I'm no mechanic but I can manage simple tasks with good instruction like yours. I figure I've saved a couple hundred bucks after watching your excellent tutorials. Thanks! 

empirecycleman: Thank you. This was helpful and my wife will appreciate the free service...well sort of free anyway since I will do it!

spike little: Thanks for that info, where can I get one of those hand pumps.

Gregory Barch: Random question but how many fluids on a 2004 Honda CR-V 5 speed Manual transmission need to be changed? I know oil, Coolant, Washer, now Differential, brake. Am I missing anything?

6speeddakota .: On the first generation CR-V, it will be on the left hand side of the engine bay when facing the engine with the hood open, most likely in behind the airbox. It is a short dipstick, it has a round handle that is covered in a piece of yellow rubber I believe. It will be way down there, so use a flashlight and look hard for it. Let me know if this helps

Nzigi Raph: U sounded very knowledgeable, my question is, does a honda crv ls auto 1996 have a dip stick for checking the transmission fluid, if so where can i find it?

tino phiathep: @6speeddakota so where is this hose that i need to pull from the tranny..is there a link where I can watch the vid on how to flush the tranny or vid on where the hose is located. thanks

Martin Levesque: 1st gen yes... ending in 2000 or 2001.. 2003 would make it a 2nd gen.. using 1.6L

6speeddakota .: Thanks man, I don't have a bendy funnel right now, I should get one though, but I have the pump for servicing the lower unit on the bayliner, its really cheap and it works well that's why I use it frequently

jose martinez: Do you know by any chance how many mileage the car has to run before changing the timing belt and water pump??? my 2005 CRV has 95,000 miles, i dont know if it has being changed before, thanks!

Mike Adams: Very helpful, especially the extra info. at the end about the transmission. Thanks!

Chris: Ace, thanks very much.

Jackson Yamaguchi: Tow it to a licensed mechanic and he will tell you what you did wrong

6speeddakota .: @MrDcseltzer You don't have to, but when you tighten the bolt, they crush a little bit, providing a seal. You don't have to replace it if you want to save 20 cents, but is it worth having it leak and then having to waste time and more money having to redo the job? Your choice. The guy at Honda just gave me them when I bought the fluid from there, so why not, it is easier than dealing with an angry customer :)

randomdoodification: well it's not a bendy funnel, it's a regular funnel jammed into a clear hose... menard/lowes/home depot has the hose... makes it super easy :) if you get real lazy you can may a funnel holder to rest on the tire with a coat hanger haha

Bryan Sarauer: If I use a pump for the diff fluid, can it be used for other fluids as well such as engine oil or ATF? Is there worry about cross-contamination between these different oils? Thanks for the videos.

6speeddakota .: @DuBNeTiX The transmission has to be removed and the case split apart to clean the screen filter, nothing can be replaced externally unfortunately. To flush the transmission you could repeat this process 2-3 times or you can try and pull the hose of the trans cooler, start the engine and drain about 3qts/liters at a time, refill, and repeat a few times. But if you change the fluid at the recommended intervals you shouldn't need to flush it.

6speeddakota .: @Pawistik if you are really worried, you can wipe off the end of the pump, stick it in the different fluid and then pump a few shots of the fluid out to get rid of the different fluid in the pump, that is what I usually do.

6speeddakota .: This video is on how to replace the rear differential fluid in a CR-V/Element AWD. The front differential is contained within the transmission, so changing the transmission fluid is servicing the front diff at the same time. I have a video on how to change automatic transmission fluid on the same Honda CR-V

m19magoo: Thanks so much!

6speeddakota .: The service indicator will only remind you for a scheduled service, I believe the service should be a "D" service but I am not entirely sure. If they say it's contaminated it is a fairly simple job to change the fluid, so go for it.

tino phiathep: @6speeddakota the previous question was also for the same car 2004 acura mdx automatic tranmission..

JAPTIGER62: Is it the same principle on a '99 CR V ?

Jon Summers: Before I undo any drain plugs for my diff and man trans oil changes, I have questions about the new crush washer to be installed on the drain plugs (both diff and man trans). I have all the oils so am ready to go. What are the washer dimensions? ID is important. Thickness roughly. What is the washer material? Al or Cu.

Terry Hops: Thanks for the info....you gave me the confidence to move ahead with this..I was going to pay someone $50 to do it, but you inspired me to try it myself...many thanks.

randomdoodification: you don't need a pump to fill it, a tube over the back wheel and a funnel can do the same thing

6speeddakota .: @Pawistik if it is a briggs and stratton, or a tecumseh, it should have a drain plug under the mower, if it is a older honda, it will have a drain plug on the side of the motor under the dipstick, otherwise, I dump mowers on their side all the time with a lower profile pan with very little spillage, it isn't that hard, you should have no problem changing the oil whatsoever, but I will try to make a video in the fall on how to service lawnmowers, thanks for the comments

session036: Honda said my read diff is contaminated and should be changed... I have 55K on a 2008 CVR , but no service or indicator light on the dash,,, should I goahead and do it... or wait until I get an indicator light on the dash? thx

ajmayo: Just a point of info: I just finished changing the fluid in my 2009 CRV. On the '09 the drain plug is on the driver side, and the fill plug is on the passenger side. It also took slightly more than 1 qt. of fluid. Thanks for the video, very helpful and informative.

6speeddakota .: I was going to do a separate oil change video, but the lady stopped coming to me for service about a year ago because she bought a new car

randomdoodification: my 97 has 228k and i still got the same water pump to my knowledge, from what i can tell this engines gaskets all exactly match aged look

6speeddakota .: you can try, but it's really tight in there, i would give it a dry run and try and place the hose where the fill plug is and pour water down the funnel to make sure you can actually pour fluid down the funnel with the hose in the fill hole. You can also try and use a cap with a tip found on gear oil containers, and use a hose on that, but i'm pretty sure you'll need a pump. All the honda guys used a suction gun to fill the crvs, pilots and ridgelines. the pump is like $15, so no big deal there

6speeddakota .: @Pawistik for the engine oil and auto trans fluid, I would get yourself a good funnel set. For filling a diff or manual transmission, I would use some brake cleaner or solvent and blowing dry with compressed air. But you can easily get away with emptying the pump of the last fluid by dry pumping it a few times. A very small amount of a different fluid is not really something to worry about.

Jason Toney: just bought a 2007 crv and your tutorials are very helpful to me. i may not actually do the servicing myself but i always like to have an idea of what is going on when i carry my car to the mechanic.... thanks alot!!!

bphoutin: Thank you so much, this has helped me out alot

AllRussiandcCOM: Thanks for the video!

6speeddakota .: Yes, no point in replacing the washer if you are going to drain it again, do the fluid change, then drive it a few miles, then change it again, that will get most of the old fluid out

Monkeybuzzness: couple questions.. what is the torque value for the fill and drain plugs? and should the vehicle be on a level surface when filling and draining?

m19magoo: Both in my owner's manual and on a few other websites it recommends also flushing my transmission either by using a transmission filter service kit, or by refilling, driving a short distance, and draining again, repeat three times. Both sound like a pain. I'm at ~65,000 miles on my CR-V, how crucial is it to flush? Or can I just drain and refill? Thanks!

6speeddakota .: Flush is really only if you haven't changed it in a really long time and have really dark fluid, or if you are experiencing shifting issues. Really if you change the fluid every 30K, you shouldn't have to worry about flushing it

junaid syed: very good helpful video

TrippyManee: so would this apply to my 2000 4wd cr-v as well since its doing pretty much everything thats leading me to believe its the differential fluid?

jose martinez: Thank you, friends. Yeah, i found out somewhere elso too, that my CR-V 2005 has a timing chain not a belt. even better

roon demahom: I likes this short video. Explanation very short and sharp. Easy to understand theory & practical. Double thumb up for you Mr. 6speeddakota. Thanks for the info. One things I like to comment, "Why you never include together changing the oil filter inside this video"?.

mkl5: awesome vid!

6speeddakota .: I'm not sure what the dimensions of the washer are, the Honda dealership just gave them to me, they didn't even charge me for them. If you go to any auto parts store and give them the year, make, and model, they should be able to tell you what the dimensions are. The washer is also made of aluminum

Edwin Manassian: Thank you Good tip there. Specially about cheking the fluid with the engine shot down. Greetings from Germany

6speeddakota .: I believe the next generation uses 1.6L, the first gen called for 0.9L, it didn't actually take the whole bottle

EMT: Thanks! They sometimes skip corners and take the easy way. If they ever did that, I suggest you consult with a paralegal or lawyer. This way they won't be able to cheat you.
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