Transmission flush question - Drive Accord Honda Forums

Go Back   Drive Accord Honda Forums > Honda Accord Main Forums > The 6th Generation

Drive Honda Accord Forums
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-16-2011, 04:11 PM
ateebtk ateebtk is offline
1st Gear
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 8
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Transmission flush question

Hi,
I bought my 2000 Accord LX (4cyl ; vtech) @ 126k miles from private seller who got all oil changes + service done at her local dealership. I have put in timing belt, water body, necessary belts, had throttle body cleaned and put in new engine air filter.

I know the only major weakness of this model is the transmission and I want to do everything to increase its longevity.

QUESTION > When to do transmission fluid flush and new fluid replacement?

QUESTION > Is it ok to flush with cheapest transmission fluid and top off with Honda Recommended fluid ?

QUESTION > What rpms + mph does your transmission shift in the 4 gears (for 4 speed auto)?

Thanking in advance,
ATK
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 05-16-2011, 04:37 PM
G Stone's Avatar
G Stone G Stone is offline
Greg
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,382
Thanks: 31
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Answer: Never do a transmission flush. The flush can clog the internal transmission filter and cause irreparable harm on the transmission. Tranny fluid should be changed approx every 15K with Honda Z-1 or equivalent.
__________________
2012 Hyundai Sonata SE Turbo

1999 Honda Accord EX Coupe - SOLD
3.0L V6
166,800 miles
35% Tint
Nokya Hyper Yellow 9006 Headlight Bulbs

http://www.fuelly.com/driver/gstone/accord
https://twitter.com/#!/YacketySax
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 05-16-2011, 06:16 PM
txn txn is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 116
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
See answer below.


Quote:
Originally Posted by ateebtk View Post
Hi,
I bought my 2000 Accord LX (4cyl ; vtech) @ 126k miles from private seller who got all oil changes + service done at her local dealership. I have put in timing belt, water body, necessary belts, had throttle body cleaned and put in new engine air filter.

I know the only major weakness of this model is the transmission and I want to do everything to increase its longevity.

QUESTION > When to do transmission fluid flush and new fluid replacement?

ANSWER: If you are not sure when the ATF was changed by the previous owner, then you want to drain & refill 3 times (with some driving between each D & R).
Otherwise, you drain and refill 1 time every 15 K miles.


QUESTION > Is it ok to flush with cheapest transmission fluid and top off with Honda Recommended fluid ?

ANSWER: You could but, I wouldn't.
How much does it cost per drain/refill with cheap fluid ?
Honda DW-1 is $5.75/qt and you need 3 qts per drain and refill.
Is the saving worth the risk of something go wrong later ?


QUESTION > What rpms + mph does your transmission shift in the 4 gears (for 4 speed auto)?

Thanking in advance,
ATK
__________________
1999 Accord LX 4-dr, I-4
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 05-17-2011, 04:03 AM
nehonda's Avatar
nehonda nehonda is offline
6th Gear
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: US Midwest
Posts: 1,632
Thanks: 2
Thanked 40 Times in 39 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by ateebtk View Post
Hi,
I bought my 2000 Accord LX (4cyl ; vtech) @ 126k miles from private seller who got all oil changes + service done at her local dealership. I have put in timing belt, water body, necessary belts, had throttle body cleaned and put in new engine air filter.

I know the only major weakness of this model is the transmission and I want to do everything to increase its longevity.

QUESTION > When to do transmission fluid flush and new fluid replacement?

QUESTION > Is it ok to flush with cheapest transmission fluid and top off with Honda Recommended fluid ?

QUESTION > What rpms + mph does your transmission shift in the 4 gears (for 4 speed auto)?

Thanking in advance,
ATK
When to do transmission fluid flush and new fluid replacement?
If you dont know the dealers history of changing the ATF, change it ASAP. Drain and refill with 3 quarts of new ATF is the easiest way to maintain these transmissions. Repeat 2 or 3 times for a more complete replacement. You can safely do a cooling line flush on these 4 cyl cars. Do a search here or on you-tube for that procedure. Do not do any flushes that involve adding chemicals or externinally pressurizing the transmission.

Is it ok to flush with cheapest transmission fluid and top off with Honda Recommended fluid ?
I have heard of this being done, but I would just stick with Honda ATF or something better. I use Valvoline Maxlife. Lots of info here on alternate ATF if you search.

What rpms + mph does your transmission shift in the 4 gears (for 4 speed auto)?
The rpms and mph shift points all depend on the amount of throttle applied.
__________________
2000 Accord SE I4 F23A1 Auto - Sold @174k miles & 10 years ownership
1998 Accord LX I4 F23A1 5 speed - sons DD in DC
1987 Accord LX 5 spd Owned for 17 years sold @155k
1986 Accord LX Auto Totaled @137k miles
1983 Accord LX 5 spd My Second Accord traded in
1978 Accord LX 5 spd My First Accord sold @ 100k
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 05-17-2011, 09:28 AM
ateebtk ateebtk is offline
1st Gear
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 8
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
appreciate the responses so far but should it flush transmission asap even if the fluid on dip stick is rosy/ slight pink and doesn't smell burnt?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 05-17-2011, 09:38 AM
txn txn is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 116
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
As nehonda wrote:
"If you dont know the dealers history of changing the ATF, change it ASAP".

If you think your ATF is still new then do a color comparison.
Put a drop of old ATF on a piece of paper towel then put a drop of new ATF next to it.
If the 2 drops are close enough in color, then maybe you can wait till next oil change.
__________________
1999 Accord LX 4-dr, I-4
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 05-17-2011, 09:40 AM
TCHondatoy's Avatar
TCHondatoy TCHondatoy is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vero Beach, FL
Posts: 106
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have always been advised never to a transmission flush! Due to the high pressure and stirring up metal debris that has settled over time at the bottom of your transmission. You could always due a drain and fill which doesn't replace 100% of the fluid but about 1/3.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8  
Old 05-18-2011, 10:27 AM
TUBHMOOBVAJ's Avatar
TUBHMOOBVAJ TUBHMOOBVAJ is offline
3rd Gear
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 150
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Drain the tranmission, fill it, drive it for a day, drain it again and fill it again.
__________________
1999 Honda Accord LX 4-Cyl
15' OEM 2002 SE rims
Yokohoma all season tires
AEM SRI
Apexi WS2 catback exhaust
Red and clear tail lights
Chrome Headlights without amber
DDM Tuning 55W 6000K low bean
Nokya Hyper Yellow 2500K high bean
01-03 Honda Civic foglights w/DIY OEM Fog switch
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Drive Accord Honda Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
The answer to the random question may be found under the Off Topic section of the forums and in the "Drive Accord Forums" category.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:21 PM.




Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.