Honda Pilot Transfer Case Gear Oil?

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Thanks, owner manual calls for SAE 80W-90, GL4 and GL5.

Being Mercedes specific wasn't sure if it's same or just go ahead and buy SAE 80W-90?
 
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Thanks, owner manual calls for SAE 80W-90, GL4 and GL5.

Being Mercedes specific wasn't sure if it's same or just go ahead and buy SAE 80W-90?


When it comes to differentials, transfer cases, etc. I would stick with what the manufacturer recommends. Will the other stuff work? You won’t know until something happens or doesn’t happen.
 
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So have some leftover original Mercedes 75W-85W laying around, can I use it in transfer case of Honda Pilot calling for SAE 80W-90, GL4/5?

Thanks for the help and advise (y)
What year Honda Pilot? I see you have 2007 Honda Pilot EX-L listed.

It matters. The transfer case separate fluid was eliminated sometime before 2005, the one I had. After that it shares ATF with the transmission.
 
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if your manual saiz GL-4 or GL-5 is ok... then you should be fine....
I found out my MDX requires GL-5.. ive used GL-4 twice in the past... now its all GL-5
I dont have evidence of any issues so far... as i do OCI on the transfer case often..
 
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I have a 2013 Honda Crosstour purchased new. At the first oil change (recommended by the computer) I changed all the driveline fluids. The transfer case oil looked like black, large curd cottage cheese. I refilled it with Mobil 1 75w-90 gear oil. I have replaced it a few times since, it comes out looking new. I did not worry that I did not have 80w-90 oil. Never any issues. I suggest you change it. For what it is worth, I use the Honda fluids for the transmission and the rear end.
 
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^^ agreed.. although the OP asked about the transfer case..
rear DIF is proprietary DPSF ... Honda/Acura,,, -- IF you have any version of AWD [ or Acura's SH-AWD..]..
i have found NO substitution form that fluid... period...
Transmission,.. many options available...
my 2c
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^^ agreed.. although the OP asked about the transfer case..
rear DIF is proprietary DPSF ... Honda/Acura,,, -- IF you have any version of AWD [ or Acura's SH-AWD..]..
i have found NO substitution form that fluid... period...
Transmission,.. many options available...
my 2c
J
I'm using O'Reilly's MasterPro brand 75w-90 full synthetic GL-5 gear oil in the transfer case of a 2017 Honda Pilot Elite AWD. It's close enough to spec and having new fluid in there is better than old Honda HGO-1 fluid. Drain and fill is less than half a bottle so it's cheap to change every 3 years.

 
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75w-85w isn't a valid SAE grade. You also didn't mention the GL level of this so-called Mercedes fluid. So, I wouldn't recommend it without more info. Post a picture of the front/back of this Mercedes gear oil.

If your Honda requires a GL4 or GL5, 80w90 or SAE90, then use it or similar. A 75w90 GL5 gear oil would be a common full synthetic upgrade.

Honda's GL-5 75w85 HGO-1 has been backspec'd for all their older transfer cases that originally used 80w90 or sae90.

 
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