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Rear Differential Fuild change after 9500 miles?

I have had the vehicle for under a year and I am wondering why this fluid needs to be changed so soon and if I need to have a Honda dealership take care of this today?

Please let me know. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    I have a 2008 Pilot, I had to do mine (according to manual) when my car was only four months old...I drive more than you do!

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Ok this is a simple question guys. There will be a number code on your dash with the oil life. The number will be a 5, which means differential flush. If you choose to ignore this, after a while the back end of the car will shudder when you are making turns. If you wait to long you will destroy the differential. So just get it changed when you get the maintenance code 5. It always comes with either an A or B. It is better to get it serviced at a Honda dealer. Good luck.

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Yea go to main dealer let them take care of this

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