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Doing your own service

Nothing like only spending $130 and about an hour of actual work to change the fluids in your pilot instead of spending a lot more for the dealer to rip you off.
Fresh oil change, drain and fill transmission, fresh transfer fluid, fresh rear diff fluid. All very easy to do.

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Amen! You saved a pile...and, you know what was accomplished as well as the quality of the work. ...nice to have the lift to access everything, but doable even with Pilot on the floor (I'll have to admit that this old back and knees make it a bit more difficult to crawl under than it was a "few" years ago!;-). Good pic/nice shop -- thanks for sharing! Mc
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Having the right tools made this job stupid easy.

The roll around oil catch drum makes draining fluids quick and easy.
Having a pump that attaches to bottles of fluid makes putting fluid into the transfer case and rear diff easy.
Having a hose that fits around the transmission dip stick tube and a on/off valve that goes onto a bottle of fluid easy and clean to put fluid in.

Overall, I might have took 2 hrs to do, but it was mainly waiting for the fluids to drain while I was watching TV.
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Jealous of that lift

For the rest of us, the high ground clearance makes driveway fluid changes easy.

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Mine hasn't seen any service bays since I got it except the one at home. The lift makes things way easier but as others say it can be done on stands. Most fluid draining I do is close to the ground, absent the rolling oil catch can in the picture. If I let fluids fall to a drain pan on the floor there's too much splashing. I do have a roll-around service cart that my shorter drain can could sit on, but that generally gets used for staging stuff to go back in. Horizontal surfaces devoid of "stuff" is always a challenge in a working shop.

I'm a little pickier than the dealer techs when it comes to quality of fluids and the level of care exercised during services. It seems like the first job that someone gets in the shop is the "lube rack", so the least experienced and educated folks are the ones most likely to be doing normal service tasks.

As far as the lift: One of the best workbay investments ever. Should have popped for it 20 years earlier than I did. The Pilot is a bit of a challenge to support on safety stands without diddling the little support spots on the body. Hockey pucks on the lift pads mean the paint is still perfect and no metal is distorted at those spots.

I probably need to get the factory jack out at some point and solve the "too short" and "damage to the body" issues in one shot, probably with a new travelling jack. The one that comes with the car is dangerous under the most favorable conditions, never suitable for lifting the car to work under it, that's for sure.

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Nothing like only spending $130 and about an hour of actual work to change the fluids in your pilot instead of spending a lot more for the dealer to rip you off.
Fresh oil change, drain and fill transmission, fresh transfer fluid, fresh rear diff fluid. All very easy to do.


I hate you for that lift
I agree: doing your own maintenance means you will likely save tons of money, know the job is done right, and learn a thing or two!
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Having a lift is so nice and makes things easier. I just wish it was maybe a foot taller so I could walk under vehicles without ducking.

But that is why I have a couple rolling chairs around.
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Having a lift is so nice and makes things easier. I just wish it was maybe a foot taller so I could walk under vehicles without ducking.

But that is why I have a couple rolling chairs around.

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