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comnavguy
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Aug 22, 2010, 5:32 PM

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What is the procedure for changing the fluid and filter on this Civic is ? It looks as if there is a drain plug on the side with a recessed hexagonal hole taking about a 12 to 14 hex wrench to remove.


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Aug 22, 2010, 6:32 PM

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Auto or manual?






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Aug 22, 2010, 6:38 PM

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Take note of this

Recommended Automatic Transmission Fluid: Genuine Honda Premium Formula Automatic Transmission Fluid

Don't put Dexron in there




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comnavguy
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Aug 23, 2010, 4:54 PM

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Dang me! I should'a said it was an automatic.

I have a Chilton (next to useless) and it looks as it there is not a filter in this trans. However, I wonder if there is a way to get the fluid out of the torque converter. The way the procedure explains it, it's only diluted.


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Aug 23, 2010, 5:01 PM

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I didn't note that this is an autotranny.

Is that plug at the end of the tranny the drain plug? I just read the Chilton, and it looks as if there is no way to drain the torque converters

Is there any little trick that I can use to get MOST of the juice outa the TC?

And what is it with using ONLY Honda fluid?


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Aug 23, 2010, 5:33 PM

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Draining fluid is pretty much useless. You only get about 1/3 of the capacity. Your much better off just using an exchange machine. That way it all gets changed.




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Aug 23, 2010, 11:38 PM

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Like HT said, the only way to exchange all the fluid is with an exchange machine. Back in the day some of the older domestics use to have a little plug on the converter you drain the fluid from but those have disappeared along time ago... Exchanger is the only way to completely change out the fluid now.....Obviously it would be better to do a drain & fill than nothing at all but you wouldn't be getting it all.......

I have to take exception with Chilton manuals being useless....The larger truck manuals make excellent wheel blocks......2nd to none......Tongue

All kidding as I never realized Chilton has a professional database. My shop demo'd if it for a few weeks & I was impressed with it. It could've been my low expectations going in but I liked it. Good info, way easier to navigate than Mitchell. Between Alldata, Mitchell & Chilton I would rank it #2 with Alldata getting the #1 spot. Mitchell has good info but it's so dang hard to find anything and if you REALLY need some info, you'll never find it. Definitely not designed with your average mechanic in mind. You need some pretty good computer skills to use it...... I will say that Mitchell does have the best wiring diagrams out of all 3.

As far as Chilton DIY manual go........You nailed it........They're worthless as a database

Concerning the ATF, using Dexron or anything other than the specified ATF-Z1 can affect the shifting performance and would void what was left of any warranty....






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comnavguy
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Aug 24, 2010, 5:29 AM

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It makes sense to me that if changing the tranny fluid is a good idea, doing only 1/3 is a bad idea. At one time, some Targets had a car shop which used a flush machine and they did the jobs for $49.

Having dropped a couple of pans and cleaned the "getter" magnets, I wonder how a flush machine can get all that metal out of the pans and off the magnets? You'd have to have a flush with the power of a fire hose to do that job.

I know the fluid is more critical than I once thought. I was once a proud owner of one of the thousands of Ford products - Gran Marquis, Crown Vics, Town Cars - which had the "wrong" fluid from the factory (dozens of tech service bulletins, no recalls) causing the tranny to downshift on SLIGHT accelleration at highway speeds.

It just seems strange that there is no good way to completely drain the tranny and TC on this Civic.

Thanks for the help, guys.


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Aug 24, 2010, 5:35 AM

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Your not going to find any $49 dollar flushes now, especially since the fluid alone retails for $5 or $6 a qt and you use about 10 qts. and you have at least 1/2 hour labor to do the job.

The whole idea about flushing is to do it before all that metal appears in the pan. Once that happens, it's really too late for anything.




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