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Old 05-02-2012, 05:49 AM   #1
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Initial maintenance question

Hello All, I am new to this forum and new to ATV's. I have a new 2012 King Quad 400 asi. I did my first initial oil change the other day. Went real smooth, no problems. Switched to Mobil 1 4T 10-40 synthetic. My deal said they would have also changed the front and rear diff oil if they would have done the initial maintenance. As much as I have searched on these forums, I could not find anyone suggesting to do that. So my question: how many of you changed the front and rear diff oil on their initial maintenance or is it not necessary until later? Also, what oil do you guys recommend for the diff's?
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:52 AM   #2
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Front diff takes SAE80 Hypoid Gear Oil, and the final drive uses Mobil Fluid 424 or equivalent, You can use regular tractor hydraulic fluid, which is what 424 is. Front Diff should be changed every 2 years and the final drive should be changed every year.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:59 AM   #3
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I personally would of changed the diff oil as well. During break in periods as engine and other component set, this helps if there any small metal shavings etc in the oil. Once that initial change is complete you should be o.k for quite a bit. Also like Thomas stated use a Sae 80-90 Hypoid gear oil.

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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Good choice on the quad (I also have a 12' KQ 400 Asi). Sounds like the dealer was looking for some extra cash. The first oil change at 10 hrs or 100 miles is recommended to 'flush' out any metal shavings and the like that may have been accumulated during the manufacturing process. Doesn't say anything in the owners manual about diff fluid having that issue though. Good choice on oil (I also swapped it myself recently), I went with the Mobil 1 4T and a K & N oil filter (I like the intergrated nut on the top for easier removal/install). TubbyTubb is one of the resident experts here so I would take his response as gospel.

TubbyTubb, how difficult is it for a newbie to do your own front and rear diff fluid on these machines?
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Here is a couple of pics of the front and rear differentials AJ they are driven by short drive shafts off of the trans, they are what the CV axles slide into.

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I will try to get some clearer pictures of them if this rain lets up later today.



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Guess i am so use to the older King Quads still, lol. Well you know what they say, you learn something new everyday.
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Thanks for the compliment Bowie, it really isn't that difficult as long as you have the proper tools for the job, IE; correct size, because you don't want to strip anything out doing it.



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Guess i am so use to the older King Quads still, lol. Well you know what they say, you learn something new everyday.
No problem bro just trying to spread what little knowledge I have.



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Yeah, and some of that knowledge you spread around has helped me quite a bit. Besides some of the general knowledge i already knew about the older King Quads, i have learned quite a bit about the older models as well as the newer models from you and Zukifreak.
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Wow, already tons of great info on this site. What type of tools will be needed for the job? Anything unusual? I am assuming a drain plug towards the bottom and a fill plug at the top? Or is it like some cars where they only have a fill and you have to use a siphon? I may put this on my list for the weekend.
Thanks again for all the wonderful info.
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