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
G Wolfy: @6speeddakota - Just wondering, I have a Honda Element that is set up the same way as the CR-V and you mentioned in this video that when you service the rear diff you are servicing the trans as well. Is this actually the case or do I need to service the front trans/diff separately. If so, do you have a video that shows how to do that? Thanks!
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!!!
John Riggs: Thanks for the video - very helpful. Just one minor thing though - the capacity is a little over 1 litre, so to see fluid dripping out of the fill hole, you'll need about 1.1 litres. I had to use a little of the old fluid (which thankfully I'd kept) to top up. I measured the old fluid when it came out, and it was just under 0.8 litres, so not sure whether the groaning I'd heard when the wheels were on full turn was due to old fluid, or shortage of fluid, or both. Whatever - it's fine now. Thanks
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
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"?.
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: 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?
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
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.
6speeddakota: 1L came out, 1L went back in; when I filled it back up, it came oozing out of the fill hole like any other differential service, and the parts guy from Honda gave me 1L, and this vehicle ran perfectly ever since
Martin Levesque: 1st gen yes... ending in 2000 or 2001.. 2003 would make it a 2nd gen.. using 1.6L
6speeddakota: I believe the next generation uses 1.6L, the first gen called for 0.9L, it didn't actually take the whole bottle
Martin Levesque: you will also need more than 1L of DPSF for this.. specs call for 1.6L.. that extra half liter may not sound like much.. but its a VERY costly mistake.. buy 2L everytime.. fill till it leaks out the fill hole.. wait till it stops then plug er up.. making sure the vehicule is on LEVEL ground ;)
1bearingcrusher: nice good video. i heard you say "100%sure honda" i agree honda has been very good with me over years years for being reliable .
Edwin Manassian: Thank you Good tip there. Specially about cheking the fluid with the engine shot down. Greetings from Germany
allaboutdetail: Thank you! I will try it soon! :)
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.
TrippyManee: did the procedure and its good for another couple miles
6speeddakota: Absolutely not, you have to use dual pump fluid and nothing else. The differential works by using the fluid to engage and the rear axles whenever slippage is detected. The dual pump fluid has specific friction modifiers and a specific viscosity in order for the rear differential to work correctly. Using the wrong fluid will likely destroy the diff.
Plus I believe that the dual pump fluid is cheaper than ATF-Z1 or DW1 anyway
6speeddakota: Absolutely, pretty much all years of CR-V's use a similar princple
verarocena: Nice tutorial. Just a quick question, since I cannot find any DPSF here, can I use ATF-Z1 or ATF-DW1 instead?
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?
Ian Cantalejo: thank you so much for this!
m19magoo: Thanks so much!
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
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!
Jackson Yamaguchi: Tow it to a licensed mechanic and he will tell you what you did wrong
Monkeybuzzness: cool! thanx for the help. Honda says 36 ft/lbs but I'll probably stick with "german" torque...güt-n-tight!!
6speeddakota: The torque spec is tight, but not too tight, like you are tightening the oil pan plug, just snug it up.
And yes, the vehicle must be on a level surface when filling and checking the level
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?
6speeddakota: I haven't really heard anything about a recall, but I do get a lot of questions about transmission issues on these vehicles especially in the later model years.
Abe Kuruvialla: HI..I was trying to change the oil on my 2010 honda CRV and loosened the wrong bolt under the car and drained all the fluid...Thinking everything is fine and filled the new oil in. I tried to start the car and it wouldnt start. I am not sure which bolt I loosened and drained...This bolt is right next to the oil bolt. any advice is appreciated.
Mike Adams: Very helpful, especially the extra info. at the end about the transmission. Thanks!
bphoutin: Thank you so much, this has helped me out alot
junaid syed: very good helpful video
6speeddakota: when I say give it a dry run and pour water down the funnel, don't have the hose actually in the diff, just to clarify. just put it by the fill plug and see if you can actually pour fluid in the funnel with the hose near the actual location
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
paul m: nice video. if you dont have a fill pump can you just use a hose connected to a funnel and pour it in slow until it seeps out of the fill hole?
Carlo Zangrilli: Watching the video as I'm sitting in the Acura dealership having my rear diff fluid changed foe $129 ... Should have done it myself ;(
Carlo Zangrilli: Looks easy enough ... I m watching the video while in the Acura dealership having my rear diff fluid changed ... Should have done it myself and saved $129 bucks ;(
6speeddakota: More power to you, you can absolutely do this yourself, just work at it methodically and take your time
hanako: Hey you're awesome and I'm a girl but you made me think I can change the differential fluid in my CRV. Haha.
6speeddakota: you bet
JAPTIGER62: Is it the same principle on a '99 CR V ?
Chris: Ace, thanks very much.
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
Chris: Hello, very useful vid, thanks. If I'm doing a first drain and fill as a flush, then a second drain and fill, do I only use new crush washers on the second one?