Chemicals and machines are against Honda policy. I'm real surprised the "dealer" is going against corporate policy. They are pushing it to generate revenue, it does not help the car owner.
They certainly will not tell anyone that "Any damage caused by flush systems isn't covered by warranty."
Hmmmm. Profit motivated, not service motivated. Like many dealers and independent shops alike.
I have posted a link to the copy of the official procedure several times, linked from another forum. Here: http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/...html#post13701
(Substitute DW-1 for Z-1, this was written before the new fluid came out.)
DW-1 is now the only ATF supplied to dealers, Honda does not supply the Z-1 anymore. They mix just fine, completely backwards compatible. (The DW-1 MUST be used in new cars though, you can't use the Z-1.)
I recommend trans fluid services every 30,000 miles for everyone, or more often if possible. Drain and fill is good for most average people.
I do ATF on my moms 02 Accord with every other oil change.
I plan on changing ATF in my 12 Civic with every
Your owners manual says nothing about servicing the power steering fluid (Go ahead and check it now, I'll wait), but it is not a bad idea. Really very few problems with steering, but it can't hurt unless you use the wrong fluid.
Use PS fluid made specifically for Honda!!! It is NOT ATF. (I have seen fluid at Oreillys that says for Honda on the bottle)
If you really want to change it, it also should be drain and fill.....but there is more.... If you want to really flush the power steering, read how it was done on the vans when they get the reservoir replaced, here: http://dvpatel.homelinux.com/forumfiles/SB/A07-005.PDF