NV246 fluid recommendation [Expired Topic]

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by MrShorty, Sep 28, 2006.

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  1. MrShorty

    MrShorty Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I've been slowly working through changing some of the fluids on my recently acquired '98 Suburban, and got to the transfer case.
    Now, I had noticed that, in A4WD mode, it would chatter and such in sharp turns (like in a parking lot. Don't you just love maneuvering a Suburban in a parking lot).
    Even though the owner's manual said to use DexIII in the transfer case, I had heard rumors that the NV246 required a special fluid. So I researched it out and, sure enough, GM sells a blue "Autotrak II" fluid specifically designed for their automatic 4WD equipped transfer cases, including the NV246. So I bought some (@ ~$8+tax per quart) and went to change the fluid.
    Went to pull the fill plug and discovered that GM had installed an odd sized fill plug, so none of my existing adaptors would fit. Ended up grinding down a 3/8 in male socket adaptor to ~5/16" (officially 0.307 in square) and that fit just right in the fill plug. Pulled the fill plug and, sure enough, red fluid came dribbling out. Pulled the drain plug (regular 1/4" drive) and got the Dex III out. Refilled with the blue stuff and took it for a test drive. No more chattering in A4WD.
  2. 84fiero123

    84fiero123 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    RE: NV246 fluid recommendation

    Good catch, glad it worked for you.

    It is not unusual for GM and all the others to change lubricants.

    My 85 IROC had a couple of recalls, first was a head gasket.

    Then they changed the rear axel fluid to whale oil.
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