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Differential fluid change....

Any one had it done at the delear? How much did they charge you? I just talked with my delear and they said it's 80.00, for 80.00 to be honest I don't want to be even bothered with it. I know that I could pay like 30% of the price if I would do it myself but my time is worth more to me than that :).

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I'm with you! It's not that difficult to do, but not really something that I want to mess with. My trusted Subaru dealership did the work on my Foresters. Your cost is lower than what I paid, but I upgraded to Redline synthetic, which costs a bit more.

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final four pregame show = jack up car, remove drain plug and let old fluid drain.
watch the first half
half time = pump new fluid in and clean up
watch second half
ridiculously long time outs = lower car and get another beer.

haha well in all seriousness...just save the money and do it yourself!

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My dealer will do it for free if they're already doing other service and I bring fluid. 80$ is kind of crazy, its less work than an oilchange.

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Thanks guys. Yeah I know it's easy and dose not take much time, but there are things that in my opinion are not even worth the trouble. Just like changing engine oil, why should I do it myself if it only cost me 29.99 to do it? To save few $ I make way more than that an hour, so for me is no brainer. Same when comes to DF fluid change, why bother? I don't bother with most stuff till they over 500.00.

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final four pregame show = jack up car, remove drain plug and let old fluid drain.
watch the first half
half time = pump new fluid in and clean up
watch second half
ridiculously long time outs = lower car and get another beer.

haha well in all seriousness...just save the money and do it yourself!
Well, if you lowered your ride you would have to jack it up. I didn't need too.. plenty of room. I paid $4.97 for a bottle of Supertech 75W90 GL-5 from Walmart for my differential change. I make good money when I work....but I don't give it away.

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Just like changing engine oil, why should I do it myself if it only cost me 29.99 to do it? To save few $ I make way more than that an hour, so for me is no brainer. Same when comes to DF fluid change, why bother? I don't bother with most stuff till they over 500.00.
stuff like that is half the fun/responsibility of owning, maintaining, and modifying a car IMO. nothing wrong with paying somebody else to do it though. i have just read one too many horror stories between a lot of car forums of people having their oil changed by some kid "tech" that resulted in bad things happening to their engine upon driving out of the parking lot.

you could pay me $29.99 for a swift kick in the rear, but that doesn't mean you'd do that now would you?

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Well, if you lowered your ride you would have to jack it up. I didn't need too.. plenty of room. I paid $4.97 for a bottle of Supertech 75W90 GL-5 from Walmart for my differential change. I make good money when I work....but I don't give it away.
yeah my car is lowered, so good point. i did all the 30k maintenance myself last month so i had to jack it up anyways hehe.

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Thanks guys. Yeah I know it's easy and dose not take much time, but there are things that in my opinion are not even worth the trouble.
True...I actually enjoying doing it though. I am very meticulous and I feel better about the job bc I did it myself.

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True...I actually enjoying doing it though. I am very meticulous and I feel better about the job bc I did it myself.
True ;) but one thing I don't like is changing fluids ;) I always spill something on my floors ;) and since I use my garage as a training ground in bad weather for my dogs I don't like to see the stains ;) my dogs concentrate more on the smells than work ;). Plus I like my garage to be clean and neat like my living room ;) and I would def not change my oil in my leaving room ;) lol I know COD after my mother lol ;)

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Any one had it done at the delear? How much did they charge you? I just talked with my delear and they said it's 80.00, for 80.00 to be honest I don't want to be even bothered with it. I know that I could pay like 30% of the price if I would do it myself but my time is worth more to me than that :).
$80 isnt bad if its front and rear. The fluid may be 5-10 a qt but dealer time is usually 75-110/HR for a tech. Your in there for at least a 1/2 hr. If the dealer has well trained OC tech whom they pay a much lower rate, then you would get a better price - also if the car is on the lift for other stuff. BTW if you have an MT, the trans/diff fluid is critical to maintain shift quality - there are other threads that go into THAT issue. AFA changing my own - I dont like doing trans fluid NOT on a lift; I just tried on my YARIS MT and could NOT get the 24mm fill plug loose with a 1/2 metre long breaker bar! On a second try, I had no clearance to use the trusty offset box wrench and hammer method, alternatively. This is fill #2 coming out so, its good for life anyhow

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I bought a quart of Amsoil for $12? Did it myself. I used a grease/oil gun with a hose at the end to fill it back up. It was messy, and stinky.. but not hard.

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