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Old 11-19-2008, 10:01 PM   #1
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I went to several napa car quest stores to purchase oil for the rdm no go said it was a dealer item figures. Also when the wheel is turned all the way in a parking lot what is making all the noise gears, pump ,clutches i have no clue. could worn out fluid cause the rdm to make noise? i dread having to have this replaced with such low miles in an 03 vue, plus the carrier bearing dealer is cutting me a break 950.00 plus tax for rdm 490.00 for carrier bearing i only have to pay 700.00 on a vehicle with 20,000 miles o3 v-6.that is unbelievable it would fail that soon i guess the replacement will last another 20,000
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I went to several napa car quest stores to purchase oil for the rdm no go said it was a dealer item figures. Also when the wheel is turned all the way in a parking lot what is making all the noise gears, pump ,clutches i have no clue. could worn out fluid cause the rdm to make noise? i dread having to have this replaced with such low miles in an 03 vue, plus the carrier bearing dealer is cutting me a break 950.00 plus tax for rdm 490.00 for carrier bearing i only have to pay 700.00 on a vehicle with 20,000 miles o3 v-6.that is unbelievable it would fail that soon i guess the replacement will last another 20,000
You need Versatrak fluid. Available at any GM dealer for about $30 per 500ml. You'll need 2 bottles since the RDM takes about 750-800ml.

A agree that it blows donkey winkies that the units are so fragile. See my post in the tech section about the procedure for changing the fluid. It's a 15 minute job.

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Old 11-20-2008, 12:23 PM   #3
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Definately change the RDM oil and drive it for a few days before deciding on the RDM replacement.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:38 PM   #4
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Follow the advice of Ritz and 1saxman. Change your RDM fluid first. It may solve the problem.

Additionally, there is another fluid to change, the PTO. In the 03, the PTO fluid was separate from the transmission fluid. I believe it uses the same fluid as the RDM.

So, first change the RDM fluid. If all is well, have your PTO fluid change. Ritz's procedure works well for the RDM. I am not sure how to change the PTO (I had the dealership do it).

Good luck and let us know what happens.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:51 PM   #5
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...I just came back from the dealership and they have a RDM on order for my 06' RL , it just started to wine on deceleration, so under warranty they are going to replace it ,at 33,000 miles,their choice, just my .02, DC
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