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Old 12-28-2007, 10:12 PM   #1
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VTM-4 Fluid Change

VTM-4 Fluid Change

I hope these pictures help if you decide to change your VTM-4 fluid. I purchased the VTM-4 Fluid and two crush washers from the dealer; they are not available from Auto Zone. You will also need the following items; a 3/8" socket and extender, 6' of 5/8" x 1/2" plastic tubing and a funnel.

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Step 1 Loosen the top plug first and then remove the bottom drain plug.
Step 2 Drain the fluid.

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Step 3 Open the trunk hatch and remove the drain plug. Push the tubing through the drain plug. Now feed the plastic tube into the top plug. Close and tighten the bottom drain plug and crush ring.

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The view from underneath shows the path of the tube and if run correctly the tube will not pull out.

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Step 4 Pour the fluid into the funnel and fill until the fluid seeps out of the top plug. (See below)
Step 5 Re-install the top plug and crush ring.


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Old 12-28-2007, 10:32 PM   #2
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

So that's what the trunk drain plug is for!

Genius!
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Old 12-28-2007, 10:42 PM   #3
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

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Is it just me or does it look like a right side halfshaft seal is leaking?

I had mine replaced back in the first year of ownership.
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Old 12-28-2007, 10:43 PM   #4
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

cmotley,
does the rear differential hold the entire gallon of fluid? are the crush washers the same ones used for a motor oil change? where do you get the plastic tubing? thanks for the info and great pictures.
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Old 12-29-2007, 03:57 AM   #5
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

What is the recommendation from Honda on the VTM - 4 change is it a mileage point ? or is it like oil so many miles or so many months.
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:26 AM   #6
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

The idea to use the "trunk drain" was posted in a earlier post by eurban, I simply supplied the photos. But like him, I had an awful time pumping the VTM fluid from the ground and pushing it in the rear differential. (It's really hard when it's cold and the cheap hose kinks)

Each time I changed the VTM fluid I used about 75 - 80% of the product they sold me. I followed the maintenance minder and change the VTM Fluid accordingly. The first change came at about 13,500 miles and my second was done at nearly 38,000. The hose was $3 from Lowes.
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:09 PM   #7
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

I never tried this method but it sure looks interesting. I just jack it up and slide the bottle between the trunk and the A-arm.
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

I took the old bottle of vtm4 fluid and put a brass 5/8" hose connector through it and attached a fluid pump, but had I thought of that darned trunk plug life would have been much easier, thanks for the photos

Also when it's nearly done draining I give a few 'tips' of fresh fluid in there to hopefully wash out any of the old that's hanging around...never a bad idea I guess.
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

... found the answer in another thread...
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Old 01-06-2008, 06:45 PM   #10
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Re: VTM-4 Fluid Change

Thank you so much for the pictures along with the description. Last week the dealer was trying to sell me that service, now I can do it on my own ( saving some serious $$)
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