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Old 03-21-2009, 08:26 AM
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Transmission Fluid Change Interval

How often should I change the transmission fluid on my 07 Accord V6? Thanks for your replies.
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I'm assuming this is an automatic, correct?

heavy city usage 15k max.
primarily hwy 30k max.

If you can access the filter change it at the first, then every other.

If your car is a 6 speed manual, every 30k is good, I'd remove and clean the pump's filter every 90k, after draining.
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I'm assuming this is an automatic, correct?

heavy city usage 15k max.
primarily hwy 30k max.

If you can access the filter change it at the first, then every other.

If your car is a 6 speed manual, every 30k is good, I'd remove and clean the pump's filter every 90k, after draining.
The 15k and 30k intervals also agree with my local Honda dealer's recommendations as well.
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I've posted a few times about my policy with my wife's '06 Odyssey and my '06 AV6 tran fluid change intervals.

Changed both @ 15K: in both cases the fluid was more brown than I'd be comfortable leaving in the car, and there was a decent amount of detritus on the magnetic drain plug.

@ 30K I changed the Ody, fluid still looked like a pretty good red. Same story @ 45K. Still, glad I changed it both times.

I didn't change my AV6's trans fluid (since the initial 15K change) again until yesterday, at 47K miles. It was more brown than either of the Ody's 30K or 45K changes, but not too bad. There was a minimal amount of particulates on the drain plug. I think this validates my theory/practice of changing @ first 15K, and then every 30K thereafter, unless your car see harsh conditions (mine doesn't, really). I think this is optimal for my cars at least. It's cheap insurance, and changing the fluid in the AV6 is a little easier than changing the Ody's due to plastic baffle panels being in the way and the refill port being harder to reach on the Ody. Just my 2 cents.

And by "change" I mean just a simple drain it until nothing else comes out, then refilling it, usually taking between 3 to 3.5 quarts of Z1 fluid to fill it. I am NOT talking about a complete flush. I believe staying on top of things with the regular drains/refills will obviate the need for any complete "flush"....
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And by "change" I mean just a simple drain it until nothing else comes out, then refilling it, usually taking between 3 to 3.5 quarts of Z1 fluid to fill it. I am NOT talking about a complete flush. I believe staying on top of things with the regular drains/refills will obviate the need for any complete "flush"....
I completely agree, and Honda does not want anyone doing a true "flush" anyway. There's a drawn out way to change out a higher percentage of ATF, but I dont like it one bit. Such details were missing on above on previous posts.

Lots of thread on this, did you try a search?

In addition, My two cars I am in the routine of doing the 3qt drop every other oil change, which is about once a year. Its $20 for the ATF, and I'm under there anyway to drop the engine oil...so it works out nice and easy.

Please dont follow the "dealer recommended service" unless you have cash you dont need. Use the owner’s manual and have them perform service based on that, and the minder system.
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I was taking a look at my sister's 08 Accord and noticed that the splash shield now needs to come off to drain the fluid. The clips look a little different than what I had back on my old Integra. Like this:

http://www.autobodytoolmart.com/pc-1...per-clips.aspx

Although I don't remember seeing the lip so that's why I'm asking, what tool have you used to pry them out without breaking them?
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Its $20 for the ATF, and I'm under there anyway to drop the engine oil...so it works out nice and easy.

Please dont follow the "dealer recommended service" unless you have cash you dont need. Use the owner’s manual and have them perform service based on that, and the minder system.
I am about to change my tranny fluid this weekend should I use Honda ATF fluid or would something from the auto store suffice?
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I am about to change my tranny fluid this weekend should I use Honda ATF fluid or would something from the auto store suffice?
I would only use Honda ATF fluid. There are a few others that you can use but I wouldn't chance it given how picky the transmission is.
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I would only use Honda ATF fluid. There are a few others that you can use but I wouldn't chance it given how picky the transmission is.
2nd that. Honda ATF Z1 is about the same cost as others that claim to meet Honda specs. So theres no reason to use anything else IMO.

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Whoa what's the interval in the owners manual? On the I4 accord it's every 100k miles!!! (i've already done a drain/fill @15k though)
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The I4 transmission is less prone to problems, so it can wait longer. I still would not wait until 100k miles to change it, even with the I4.
Honda published these manuals saying to change the fluid after 100k miles, but that was before there was a recall on 03, 04 V6 transmissions. I don't think any dealership would suggest waiting that long, especially on the V6. I change the fluid on my V6 every 15k miles, and changed the filter at 60k miles. Keeping the fluid clean, by changing out 3 quarts every 15k miles, should prevent me from ever needing a flush (3 drain and fills, with a short drive in between). I do all the maintenance myself, so I can afford to do things more often.
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I have a 2007 V6 AT, and my commute consisted of 60 miles roundtrip in some of the worst stop-and-go traffic imaginable (downtown Los Angeles, going with traffic both ways).

At 9K miles on the odometer, the transmission started shifting very hard. There were also times in which the shift felt like the car was going to seize up. I took it to the dealer, and they said that the ATF was very black. They flushed (3 drain-and-fills) the ATF under warranty for free. After that, it shifted smoothly again.

Another 10K later (19K now on the odometer), the rough shifting came back. This time I took it to the dealer for a single drain-and-fill of the ATF. And now smooth again.

Because of this, I do a drain-and-fill over 10K miles (every other oil change)! However, my situation is an extreme operating environment!
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However, my situation is an extreme operating environment!
<Ding, Ding!> And we have a winner! Sounds like the trans fluid change interval depends greatly on how hard the tranny is used. First 15k, then every 30k works for me, but I'd say that's a minimum. Every 15K is probably better for most suburban/city dwellers, whereas you've just prescribed the remedy for those driving in extreme conditions.
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do you guys do 3x or once drain and refill @ 15k?
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Try doing a seach this topic has been covered about a 1000 times before....
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