Changing Transmission Fluid

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Mike, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I would like to attempt changing the transmission fluid on my 1994
    Accord Wagon myself. My owners manual does not say how.

    Do I need to buy a service manual or is there a resource online that
    will tell me how? What tools, parts if any, and compatible fluids.

    Thanks for you help,

    Mike, Aug 31, 2004
  2. is this an auto or stick
    CaptainKrunch, Aug 31, 2004
  3. Whatever you do, buy the fluid from the Honda dealer.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Aug 31, 2004
  4. Mike

    Nick Guest

    First you need to buy a drain plug washer from your Honda dealer, and
    either 3 quarts of ATF or MTF transmission fluid.

    - When doing this, it is a good idea to have the car warmed up
    before actually performing this as it loosens the oil a bit and makes
    it easier to come out.
    - You will need some form of a breaker bar and a 3/8 ratchet
    and should be able to access the drain plug underneath the
    passenger's side of the hood, but you may want to put it on jack
    stands, or remove the passenger's tire to get better accessibility to
    the drain plug.
    - Drain out the transmission and see if the color has changed
    to brown or smells burnt. If this has happened you'll need to do this
    change again or it may help to add 3 additional quarts while you have
    the drain plug removed and let the old fluid mix and drain with the
    new fluid.
    - Clean the metal deposits from the drain plug, remove and
    replace the washer on the drain bolt and tighten back the drain bolt.
    - If you have an auto, you can add the new ATF from the
    dipstick. If it is a manual, there is a fill valve located on top of
    the drain plug.

    Good Luck and hope everything goes smoothly.

    Nick, Aug 31, 2004
  5. Mike

    motsco_ _ Guest


    Check the level in the tranny, according to your manual before starting.

    You'll need 4 litres of Z1 tranny fluid from Honda, and you should run
    the tranny until warm, and drain the fluid just seconds after shutting
    the engine off, in a gear, so the CRUD is in solution, not sitting in
    the bottom of the tranny. Don't be shocked at the grey 'clump' on the
    magnetic drain plug.

    Drain and fill again in a week or two, after you've put a few hundred
    miles on it. If there's a 'clump' the second time, be shocked. :-(

    motsco_ _, Aug 31, 2004
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