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post #1 of 28 Old 03-16-2017, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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MT fluid interval - 30k miles or 2 years?

Hello guys,

So I looked through my 2007 Accord owner's manual and browsed through the section pertaining to transmission fluid. (page 199/213)
It mentions 30k miles (48k km), (For A/T only).

(1) Ok, what about manual transmissions, would it be the same?
(2) Also, is it every 30k miles or 2 years, whichever comes first?
>>Note: I've driven only ~ 16k miles in the past 2 years. Should I wait until ~ 30k miles, or since 2 years have passed - do it anyway?

I don't know where I heard/read 2 years, maybe i'm imagining/confused.

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It's not as important. You could put it off for several years at your rate. Until it starts to shift rough.


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The service manual says 120k or 6 years. Let it go.

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Manual transmissions tend to be much easier on the fluid then auto's since there is no torque converter to generate heat and and also no clutches to contaminate the fluid as quickly. All they have are gears and synchros. This may be why there is no mention of scheduled maintenance other than checking the fluid level. As long as there is fluid in there, it will probably last longer than the average 1st owner would keep the car. I have never heard of the two year rule before.

My '07 5MT will be getting what I am assuming is its first fluid change in another month or so at 100k miles. I am not concerned about that mileage or time frame for a first fluid change on this transmission. If it was an auto, that would be different story all together.

Going forward I will probably change the fluid at 50k mile intervals regardless of time.
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I would do 60K with AC Delco Syncromesh if all city driving. If mixed with highway 50-50, 90K miles will be okay.


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Actually the "book" answer or Honda's recommendation for changing the MTF for an 07 Accord is to change it when Maintenance Monitor code 3 occurs. That's it - - end of the story. At least for US models. The owner's manual isn't as clear as it should be. But if you go the the Honda Owners web site and put put in a 07 I4 5 speed m/t this is what you get (my bolding).

"Maintenance Minder 3

5 Speed Manual LX - Recommended service:

Replace transmission fluid

Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle speeds or trailer towing results in higher transmission and transfer temperatures. This requires transmission and transfer fluid changes more frequently than recommended by the Maintenance Minder. If you regularly drive your vehicle under these conditions, have the transmission and transfer fluid changed at 60,000 miles (100,000 km), then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) (For A/T only)
Independent of the maintenance minder display, replace the brake fluid every 3 years.
Inspect idle speed every 160,000 miles (256,000 km).
Adjust the valves during services A, B, 1, 2, or 3 only if they are noisy."

Honda Owners Site | Tips, Tools & Benefits for Honda Owners

Of course it's up to each individual to decide how to maintain their vehicle. It seems that many people don't trust the Maintenance Monitor and prefer alternate schedules. It's up to the owner.

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I'm considering going to 3k oil changes. I really don't mind crawling under the car 4 times a year instead of 2.

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I'm considering going to 3k oil changes. I really don't mind crawling under the car 4 times a year instead of 2.


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I change mine every 30-40k miles, depending on how much it grinds on me.

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I'm considering going to 3k oil changes. I really don't mind crawling under the car 4 times a year instead of 2.
Better get back to your 2750 before the engine BLOWS!
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I'm considering going to 3k oil changes. I really don't mind crawling under the car 4 times a year instead of 2.
When are you gonna man up and do the V6 oil mod?
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When are you gonna man up and do the V6 oil mod?
Gonna use Mobil1 Annual Protection. At $47 a jug why not?

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I just changed mine at ~147k miles, after about 30k miles of use and it looked brand new still. That was after a 120 degree summer of mostly city driving and 5 6 hour road trips one way.

I'm not changing mine again until it hits 200k, there is no point to change it often really.

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i changed mine 06 i4 5speed every 15k miles.
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People confuse MT fluid with engine oil, lol


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