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post #76 of 85 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 08:20 PM
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Great thread! Do the same instructions and cartoon pics of the bolts apply to a 2010 MDX? I will attempt this sometime and wanted not to screw things up.

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This is an excellent thread. I was youtubing this specific topic and came across the following vid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84rvAD9d0sM

2009 Black MDX base model.
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post #78 of 85 (permalink) Old 12-14-2014, 07:35 AM
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Did mine today

Excellent DIY.
I always wanted to do this and this thread showed me exactly.
Like people said it's easier than oil change.
You just have to get the fluid transfer pump ($6 at adv. auto part).

I had gone 24K without differential fluid change.
On mine old fluid was darker than new one but not by much.
Also no metal shavings so looks like I am good for another 15K at least.

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I did this and I am not sure what happened, but the bolt stripped. Pain in the ass. Had to take it to the dealer with the rear diff dripping to get a new bolt. I won't be doing this anytime soon as I am afraid to strip it again. Not even sure if the bolt is stripped or the actual diff is screwed! BUT it was super easy haha
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Threaded soft metals should always be started by hand. Once the threads are mated good, then continue easy until the proper torque is achieved. One nice thing...you don't even have to jack the car up. The most difficult part of the entire job is lowering the spare. However, some say you don't even need to do that step. Lowering the spare gives you plenty room to remove and tighten both bolts.

Sorry you cross threaded the bolt. But it is an easy job.
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Threaded soft metals should always be started by hand. Once the threads are mated good, then continue easy until the proper torque is achieved. One nice thing...you don't even have to jack the car up. The most difficult part of the entire job is lowering the spare. However, some say you don't even need to do that step. Lowering the spare gives you plenty room to remove and tighten both bolts.

Sorry you cross threaded the bolt. But it is an easy job.
I do not lower the spare on my 2010 and have plenty of room. Easy job for sure.
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Is there any major disadvntage for not changing VTM Fluid (VTM-4 or Rear Differential). Just want to know
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Is there any major disadvntage for not changing VTM Fluid (VTM-4 or Rear Differential). Just want to know
Well...the Rear Differential will fall off the rear axle.
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Its recommended every 30k miles. I did it because i bought a used mdx and wanted to make sure I start with the fresh baseline going forward. But from what came out looked clean and same color as new and from car records was changed about 35k miles back. so unless its real old over 60k miles, i wouldn't expect it to be a huge disadvantage from my experience but every car is maintained differently so ymmv. Also to pour oil back in i used a 1/4" flexible fuel hose inserted into differential at one end and the other end slid over a regular small size funnel.
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1st time VTM changer

I purchased a 2003 MDx recently with 175k miles & among other things decided to change the VDM fluid. I read the other posts & thought I'd post pics of my results. I found the red adjustable funnel at Walmart for $1.90 & taped a larger funnel I had laying around to the mouth to make it bigger but the original would have worked OK on its own. This all worked out perfectly & was very quick & clean technique & result with almost zero spillage. I'm going to try & post before & after pics of the fluid.
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