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Gear oil recommendation #4514598
09/12/17 08:42 PM
09/12/17 08:42 PM
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The Northeast
mclasser Offline OP
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The Northeast
My Pilot calls for an SAE 90 GL-4/5 gear oil in the transfer case. Many peeps seem to run Mobil 1 75w90. When it comes to gear oil, I don't know squat. What're the advantages of a syn gear oil versus a conventional? From what I've read, the transfer case in these cars puts little stress on the fluid.

Thank you!


2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 4K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 56K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 211K

Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514599
09/12/17 08:44 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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I like to use the Valvoline SynPower 75w90. It's synthetic and pretty cheap, I get it from Auto Zone. Have it in my Jeep and the grandparent's Trailblazer.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514607
09/12/17 08:52 PM
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North Carolina
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Castrol Syntrax 75W-90 is my go-to.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514613
09/12/17 08:57 PM
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Reno, Nevada
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I would say that for you, living in the Northeast where you have real and cold winters, the only significant advantage of synthetic gear oil is that it will stay somewhat thinner and not thicken as much as conventional oil when it gets real cold out. Hard to put a number on it but over the course of a winter the lower rolling resistance and resultant slight fuel savings might make up the cost difference, especially if you make a lot of short trips and the transfer case rarely gets up to operating temp. That's my 2 cents worth.

Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514620
09/12/17 09:05 PM
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USA
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Amsoil has been the best for my application. Pablo will give you a great price. I could not find a local part store, who carried GL4 for transfer case. GL5 is for axles.

Respectfully,



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Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514648
09/12/17 09:37 PM
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VA
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Amsoil


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Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514652
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Vancouver, Canada
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I haven't used other oils but Schaeffer and am very happy with it.

Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514662
09/12/17 09:59 PM
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Delvac 1 75w90.


2001 Chevy Camaro L92/4L80E
2006 Chevy 2500HD LBZ/Allison 1000
2010 Toyota Corolla 2ZR-FE/Auto
Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514705
09/12/17 11:12 PM
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Amsoil Severe Gear.


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Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W20

Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: aquariuscsm] #4514712
09/12/17 11:28 PM
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SE Texas
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Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
Amsoil Severe Gear.
+1 - Arguably the best gear oil on the market


2018 MB AMG GLC43 3.0L Coupe - Castrol 0W-40/Purflux
2018 MB C300 2.0L - M1 0W-40/OEM
2015 F-250 6.7L PS Diesel - Delo 15W-40/CQ Blue
2014 Explorer 3.5L Limited - M1 AFE 0W-20/FU
Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: clinebarger] #4514716
09/12/17 11:32 PM
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North Carolina
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Originally Posted By: clinebarger
Delvac 1 75w90.

Awesome gear oil


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514719
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Northern Kentucky
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Amsoil or Redline. Synthetic will flow better at cold temperatures.


2012 Chevy Cruze LT 1.4T - 50k
2002 Buick Century 130k - Built 4T65e(Maxlife) - Edge 0w40 + Fram XG3980
Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514748
09/13/17 01:06 AM
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Iowegia - USA
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Originally Posted By: mclasser
My Pilot calls for an SAE 90 GL-4/5 gear oil in the transfer case. Many peeps seem to run Mobil 1 75w90. When it comes to gear oil, I don't know squat. What're the advantages of a syn gear oil versus a conventional? From what I've read, the transfer case in these cars puts little stress on the fluid.

Thank you!


I think you could also use either this:

http://www.amsoil.com/lit/databulletins/g2077.pdf

or this,

https://www.redlineoil.com/product.aspx?pid=46&pcid=7


Reading is fundamental; understanding is not a given ability.
Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: clinebarger] #4514753
09/13/17 01:47 AM
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Airlie Beach Australia
Doug Hillary Offline
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Hi,

syn gear oils can have many performance advantages over syn gear oils. Several years ago I did extensive testing in my OTH vehicles and settled on two;

Delvac 1 75W-90
Castrol Syntrax 75W-90

Both performed about the same over many millions of ks.
Advantages over a conventional oil were longer seal life, much cooler running and a huge increase in OCI - in fact I never change some at all just monitred them for contamination and wear metals taking action as and if needed

Last edited by Doug Hillary; 09/13/17 01:49 AM. Reason: Spelling

Regards
Doug
Re: Gear oil recommendation [Re: mclasser] #4514777
09/13/17 04:14 AM
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Western usa
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Western usa
Sounds like you can use a nonproprietary gear oil in your transfer case. AutoZone has Delo XDM 75w-90 full synthetic for six bucks a quart. Suppose to be good stuff, I just bought 3 quarts.

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