ROC Rank: Senior
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Brackettville, TX
Model Year: 2009
Color: Dark Cherry Pearl
Re: Thinking about buying this '09, have questions though
To be honest, you'll be paying through the nose at the dealer for all this. If you get out with a $600 bill i'd be impressed.
Brakes - This is a matter of debate on the forum. I used a bottle of synthetic dot 4 fluid on my last change. Some people prescribe to the honda fluid (which the manual recomends). The change is easy. I didn't even have to take the wheels off when I did it. Just jacked the truck up slightly. Took about 30 minutes.
Trans - If you do it yourself and switch over to DW-1 you'll need a case of Honda fluid. http://www.amazon.com/Honda-Genuine-Automatic-Transmission-Fluid/dp/B006YTQR4E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354900199&sr=8-1&keywords=DW-1 The change takes about 2-3 hours and all of that is drain time where you can do the other fluids in the mean time.
Transfer - $5 worth of gear oil from any auto parts store and you're good to go. Takes about 15 minutes including drain time.
Diff - this is probably the biggest pain to change. You'll need a gallon of http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Honda-VTM-4-Differential-Ridgeline/dp/B001G7N45O/ref=sr_1_2?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1354900604&sr=1-2&keywords=VTM-4 fluid. You'll also need a gallon pump like http://www.amazon.com/Lumax-LX-1338-Black-Gallon-Fluid/dp/B0059HJFU0/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1354900680&sr=1-1&keywords=Gallon+Pump you can buy those at walmart for like 4 dollars. The VTM-4 fluid has to be kept clean so the pump needs to be dedicated to that one job, forever. All in all it only take about 40-60 minutes to change, including drain time.
Power Steering - With 30K miles and almost 4 years on my truck i'm afraid to admit that I have not change my PS fluid yet... Typically when the PS fluid is changed the resivior is changed also since the filter can become clogged easy. I think that it is like $15 for the tank and like $6-7 dollars for a bottle of fluid (x3 right guys?).
All in all you're looking at like $150(ish) for fluids to set a baseline. Compare that to what I can only imagine as $6-700 at a dealer. It might not be that bad at a dealer where you live though. I do all my own maintenance so I kind of just pulled that out of thin air. All the fluids are EASY to change and like I said take a weekend morning even if you have never done them before. There are how to threads all over this forum with pictures and step by step instructions.
"MM" means "Maintenance Minder" the trucks computer has a set integrated maintenance schedule and it tells you when something is needed.
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