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Maintenance Required Soon - 2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

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edited June 2014 in Acura
imageMaintenance Required Soon - 2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

Our long-term 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD is hungry for an oil change, and Acura's Maintenance Minder system lets us know what is to be expected.

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Comments

  • diondidiondi Posts: 71

    Interesting how they want you to replace the differential fluid so early... at only ~15000mi!

  • miata52miata52 Posts: 114

    That is early for the diff fluid. I replaced my diff fluid with a fully synthetic one that has a much longer change interval.

  • schen72schen72 Posts: 433

    I've yet to replace the differential fluid in my 2008 RDX, which also has SH-AWD in 50k miles of driving. All my MID notices have not had a "6".

  • When the MDX goes in for the routine service, ask them to remedy the whirring problem noted several times in the long term test. It is a problem for thousands of MDX owners. It seems Honda's first attempt at a direct injection engine has not been a smooth roll-out. Many 2014 owners are complaining and Acura is brushing them off.

  • I'm curious too on the early change on the DPSF fluid.
    Although on Hondas with the Dual Pump Fluid (similar if not the same as DPSF) they had issues in the past rear differentials getting loud and sometimes shuddering while turning if the fluid wasn't changed often enough. They have a procedure for burnishing the clutches after a change if it gets bad enough that the fluid change doesn't fix it.
    I wonder if this is preventative to fix that.

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