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When To Change Transmission Fluid And How Much Does It Cost?
I HAVE BEEN READING AROUND THAT GETTING THE TRANSMISSION FLUSHED AND FILED WITH NEW FLUID WOULD BE WISE. I THINK IT WOULD BE WISE CAUSE I DELIVER PIZZA FOR A LIVING WITH MY CIVIC AND IT IS A AUTOMATIC TRANNY WITH 42,000 MILES ON IT. WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO GET IT DONE AND HOW MUCH DOES THE DEALER CHARGE FOR THE FLUSH AND FILL.
Yeah, those large mileage numbers are for "normal" conditions. I would recommend using the "severe" schedule regardless of how you drive and where you live..... and like ak said, the severe sched recommends every 60,000 miles or every 3 years, whichever comes first.
My dealer charges around $40 for an MTF change. But I'm pretty sure the ATF change is more expensive.
According to our manuals, for ATF changes you gotta fill and drain the ATF 4 times (!!), and also drive a short distance after each fill (p. 221 in 2001 coupe manual).
edit: I just ordered the official Service and Repair Manual for 2001-2003 Civics from Helms (which most dealers also use). Gonna verify this 4 refill/drain requirement for automatic trannies once I get the book.
I have an 03 Civic EX /w Auto , and I read the same thing .
Then I read it again and I think what it is saying is that if you use any "trany-fluid" other than Honda then you have to do that "fill and drive & drain 4 times".
But if your just changing the fluid you might not have to go through all that.
When you get your Shop Manual , please let us know , the way it is written is very vague.
Originally posted by Ronin Hey, I just received my Civic service manual from Helms yesterday. And it doesn't say anything about refilling the ATF 4 times. It's the same for both MTF and ATF ... just drain and refill once.
I think what they say in our owners's manuals is a bit excessive... so don't follow that.
and somewhere there i read the reason why you need to drain and fill 4 times is because we don't have the equipment that flush the entire system. Something like that......I guess you'll have a cleaner fluid after you do that.... logical...?