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The dealer recommended me to change the “4X4” fluids at 40k

Hi there i need some advices, and thank you in advance for your input. I was yesterday at dealer for regular 40000 miles maintenance and the person from the desk , after they replaced my oil and filter and they did the maintenance, recommended me to replace the 4X4 fluids because they are dirty and the cost will be $300. Do i really have to do this, is necessary? My rav4 is a 2018 and i drive only highway. Please let me know what you guys think, thank you

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That is a good recommendation from the dealer, the questions is to do it yourself or have them do it. That transfer case and rear differential do not hold a lot of fluid. Same recommendation I go by from my Master Toyota Tech. Your choice.
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So, is that listed in the manufacturer's recommended maintenance for 40,000 miles? No. And, how did they know it was dirty? There is no dipstick to check condition, or is it leaking? Nothing in my 2016 maintenance log up to 100,000 miles, where I gave up looking.
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Hi there you are right i look In the manual and maintenance book and is not such a thing to do that early. And i did asked him the same question: how you guys know is dirty? And he just said the mechanic checked it but he didn’t gave me any other information. I mean i am not against to do it if really helps the car in the long run - because i want to keep the car longer- but feels kinda early for that fluid to be changed. And if the fluids are fine i just don’t want to do it just for the dealer to make his money. Maybe i am wrong thats why i am looking for some advices. Thank you for your input

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Thank you for your reply, is not little bit early at 40k to change them? And I have to change it with the dealer I don’t have the tools to do it, and do you think $300 is a fair price. Thank you again

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I will try to put it in perspective for you, go get your coffee cup and fill it up, that is about all the fluid that is in there.
The fluid change is a lot cheaper than than the transfer case or rear differential. It is your call to make. Hope this helps.
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I had the transfer case and rear differential fluid on my '05 AWD Matrix changed at the Toyota dealer for CDN $29.99 for each. Another time I had an indie mechanic replace the rear differential fluid (I provided) and the price was $25. So $300 is a cash grab. GM dealer once offered to change these fluids for $129 each (cash grab) and I declined.
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I would change them (I changed mine at 45k miles) but $300 is robbery.



You can do it yourself for the cost of the fluid ($20-30) so imagine the profit they make at that price.
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Thank you for your advice, unfortunately i cannot do it my self, i wish. Would you mind to tell me a decent price for the labor, changing this fluid?

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So, is that listed in the manufacturer's recommended maintenance for 40,000 miles? No. And, how did they know it was dirty? There is no dipstick to check condition, or is it leaking? Nothing in my 2016 maintenance log up to 100,000 miles, where I gave up looking.
You just remove the fill plug on the diff/transfer case and stick your finger in and then wipe on a paper towel to check how it looks.
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