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      Personally I think the reasons car manufacturers are using sealed transmissions are:
      1) It makes it look more attractive to potential buyers when there is less required maintenance.
      2) The manufacturer is in the business of selling new cars. They couldn’t possibly want a vehicle to function for 250k miles. So they make it difficult to check the condition of the fluid.
      3) The steps required to drain and fill a sealed transmission are so convoluted the average DIYer might just give up and take it to the dealer to be serviced. More money for the dealership service department. Granted according to the manufacturer this service should never be required unless there is an issue with the transmission.

      I am glad my Pilot does not have a sealed transmission. Drain and fills on it are easy. The tranny on my Tacoma is sealed, and I have done a drain and fill twice . . . both times were a pain.
      I glad my Pilot does not either! I maintained the transmission fluid and it it shifts fine at over 240K. I only had to change one sensor on the transmission and that was easy.. My other vehicles a Lexus NX 200T and Lexus RX 350 both have sealed transmissions. I'm gonna just change them every 50K, screw what the dealer says.. I don't see how never letting the trans fluid get dirty can harm anything when flushed and refilled to the correct amt. I have four of these ramps and they work great for low profile cars, and make getting under the car for fluid changes a little easier.

      Thank for you reply
       
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      The reason I'm asking "oil change without jack" is because I'm too chicken to craw under jacks. I've read many good reviews on similar ramps you mentioned. However, it really bugs me that the ramp are "C" shaped not "E" shaped. I'm no mechanical engineer, but common sense tells me "C" shape can collapse easily. Probably I'm thinking too much :LOL:
      Engineer here! C Shapes are excellent. Round and half round bars, or any curve shapes in general are very strong, and importantly, allow flexibility. If you look carefully, flatbed trailers used for moving heavy steel beams are actually arched down the length of the bed. The bed actually flattens out under load, and provides both a suspension effect and increases the strength and load capacity of the trailer.

      Love curves!

      And yes, a curved E, with a central support, would be much stronger. You just don't need it for a passenger vehicle. If you're still concerned, here's an only slightly more expensive, MUCH stronger alternative for you: 13,000 Lb. Portable Vehicle Ramp Set
       
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      You'll wind up short. The stuff left in filter that doesn't drain, small amount used in engine operation, the stuff on your rags/ paper towels
      Good point! Thanks =)

      Yes. Even my fat bod can do it without stands!
      hahaha.... my aged muscle fat and bones may not allow me for such flexibility. Will find out soon.

      Engineer here! C Shapes are excellent. Round and half round bars, or any curve shapes in general are very strong, and importantly, allow flexibility. If you look carefully, flatbed trailers used for moving heavy steel beams are actually arched down the length of the bed. The bed actually flattens out under load, and provides both a suspension effect and increases the strength and load capacity of the trailer.

      Love curves!

      And yes, a curved E, with a central support, would be much stronger. You just don't need it for a passenger vehicle. If you're still concerned, here's an only slightly more expensive, MUCH stronger alternative for you: 13,000 Lb. Portable Vehicle Ramp Set
      Agree with you. But, to be super safe, I'm planning to build a solid wooden ramp. Will post pictures when done.

      I've never used jackstands or a jack to change oil on my 2008 EXL. I'm about 275 lbs and don't have really long arms but I lay at an angle and can drain the pan, put the plug back in, then remove, drain and replace the filter, etc. all from the front with plenty of room.
      You won't get a strap wrench around that filter easily but I use Honda Filters and with the Honda filter wrench and a ratchet/6" extension it is very easy.

      I use a big pan and let the oil run off the frame.....very little stays on and easily wiped off after new filter is in place.

      Mobil 1 with a Honda filter every 6000 miles or so. occasionally I'll be on a roadtrip and let it go to 7000 miles but not much more.

      My old 2008 has almost 240,000 miles on her and runs like new.
      Same here =) It's much easier AND cheaper to have oil changed at local Honda "Tuesday special". But, it's fun to do simple works on cars. I've been so busy in the past decades. Last time I did my oil change was back in college. Can't wait to get my hands dirty =)
       

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