Discussion Starter · #21 ·
I'm able to get most of the ATF I drain into a drain pan, and then into a milk jug. With an identical milk jug, I've just been putting back about as much as I take out. In the 4 D&Fs I recently did, I got 3.7qt, then just under a gallon, just under a gallon, and finally just under a gallon again. One time in there, I had the dealer check the fluid levels - probably between #1 and #2. So I think they brought it up to a gallon. Even with that gallon in there, after 13 minutes of idle it was still at the low mark in the dipstick so I added another .1qt or so.Or eventually after a few years of doing ATF D&Fs, you can do what I do and not sweat it. When the vehicle has been sitting a while, like overnight... On level ground no front jack or ramps, drain the transmission. Jack up the left rear (drivers side) to drain an additional .3 quarts (15 min). Then pour in 3.8 quarts of full synthetic Valvoline MaxLife ATF and close the hood.
So I have no idea what the level is, which is why I want to follow Honda's prescribed ATF level check procedure to be sure. Honda doesn't mention any damage from overfilling the ATF, but they do mention damage from underfilling it. And I don't notice any shifting problems or creeping forward in N. So I'm not too concerned since it's pretty unlikely that I'm underfilling it. When I get time I'll remove the S-VCM fuse and try to get that fan spinning again so I can check the levels according to Honda's procedure. After that I'll just put back as much as I take out.
But it would also be really swell if checking the ATF level wasn't so convoluted.