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Roboquad2010-08-11 06:19:16 +0000 #1
first time I've changed fluid and it "didn't have water".....is golden brown with a nice metallic shimmer normal??? stupid question but it had a hard time going into 4x4 and was wondering if the fluid may be the issue, oh and yes I used oil not diff fluid per the book. thanks for the reply... Robo
monsterbrute7502010-08-11 06:33:28 +0000 #2
Sounds like your diff oil is "Milked." The shiny substance you are seeing is the metal that is grinding off of your internal parts of your diff from not changing the oil regularly.You may have just learned a $1100 hard lesson on changing the diff oil.Kawasaki's are bad about letting in water.You have to change the front diff oil everytime you ride in any water that is submerging the diff.You may get lucky and find a used diff for around $700.
Roboquad2010-08-11 07:08:28 +0000 #3
still going into 4x4 but will not change on the pod sometimes but this (Rarely) happens. I do change after every ride. the last few rides have been with the kids and no water involved. I had some X-tra oil in the garage and decided to change it out on my day off. no problems to report just curious on the color and scheen. also going to Lowe's for a new O ring. for the check bolt... Anyone suggest rubber or white plastic. what's your preference.
MeanGreenMan2010-08-11 07:37:26 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Roboquad

first time I've changed fluid and it "didn't have water".....is golden brown with a nice metallic shimmer normal???

IMO, your diff oil is NOT milked or mixed with water. Milked oil looks like diluted milk shake. I am thinking tha the metallic shimmer in your diff oil is from the friction plates in the diff gear box. When you are only partially engaging the diff lock, you are letting the diff gears to artially differentiate by letting friction plates to slip a bit. Those friction plates generate fine metallic copper like dust when slipping. In a way, that is normal but change when necessary or per maintenance interval.

Contaminated diff oil has barely anything to do with difficult 4x4 engagement as long as there is no damage to engagement mechanism like on the dog gears or actuator block. How can you tell your quad is not engaging to 4x4?

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