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Transmission fluid changed

FYI - had the transmission fluid changed yesterday at 40,000 miles. I decided to change the fluid because it looked like regular engine oil instead of the universal red color I'm use to seeing.

So, you might want to check yours too if your up there in (highway) miles like me.

The dealer charged me $40.89 in Atlanta (Curry Honda).

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The normal maintenance schedule recommends a fluid replacement at 45k miles, and the severe schedule recommends 30k. With all the stop and go driving in my commute, I follow the severe schedule, and will get mine changed at 30k.

Does your driving fall into the normal, severe, or some mix of those categories?

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It's funny you bring that up because the service advisor said it was to be changed at 60,000 miles per his records. Imagine that!!!

Needless to say, I do what the owners manual says.

Back to your original question: I figure my driving falls in the normal because I drive mostly highway (70 miles) round trip Monday through Friday averaging 65 to 70 mph. Ive been to Florida 5 times too since ownership - late summer of 2002.

FYI - To date, no problems other than the saggy leather seats.

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pilot4me: I love the name of your city in the state you live in!!!

I wonder if there's such a place as Atlanta, Texas...???
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kemosabe: That's funny.... there is an Atlanta,Texas.

See link - http://www.atlantatexas.org/

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kemosabe: That's funny.... there is an Atlanta,Texas.

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TRANSMISSION FLUID REPLACEMENT

Is replacing the automatic transmission fluid a job within the scope of say a "weekend mechanic"? Is this job more complicated than replacing the engine oil or rear differential fluid?

Does anyone have a repair manual diagram and brief outline description of "how to replace the automatic transmission fluid"?

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Re: TRANSMISSION FLUID REPLACEMENT

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Is replacing the automatic transmission fluid a job within the scope of say a "weekend mechanic"? Is this job more complicated than replacing the engine oil or rear differential fluid?

Does anyone have a repair manual diagram and brief outline description of "how to replace the automatic transmission fluid"?

Thanks for any help or feedback.
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The fill hole, depicted in the diagram on the right above, has a white plug in it. It looks pretty hard to get to. Looking into the hood from the driver's side, it's the white plug below and in front of the brake fluid reservoir.
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RE: ATF Change Procedures

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Many thanks for your prompt and very helpful all-inclusive directions! This should save me much labor $$$$ if I had gone to the dealer!

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The drain plug is easy. Look at the trans from the bottom and the left side to find it. Use a square drive of a 3/8 inch drive socket wrench.
The fill bolt is 17 mm size and may be very very hard to remove. The picture posted by jay is very good. Access is fair. The force needed is very high. The first time it is removed it takes alot more than the spec of 33 ft/lbs to loosen it. It may take 120 ft/lbs. Also, that white paint marking the fill bolt may come off in flakes. Be careful no paint flakes get inside the transmission. You might want to fill it through the dipstick hole.
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Don't you normally fill trans fluid through the dipstick hole (at least that's what I'm used to on US cars).

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Don't you normally fill trans fluid through the dipstick hole (at least that's what I'm used to on US cars).

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The Owner's manual tells you to top it up through the dipstick hole if it's low, but the Service Manual says to use the fill hole shown above when replacing the fluid.

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The Owner's manual tells you to top it up through the dipstick hole if it's low, but the Service Manual says to use the fill hole shown above when replacing the fluid.
I'm ready to change my transmision fluid, and I would like to know what is the downside of filling new transmission fluid using the dipstick hole instead of the filler hole.

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Re: ATF Change Procedure

Thanks Jay for posting the ATF Change Procedure,

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