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Old 03-05-2006   #1
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where is the atf drain plug located?

so i set everything up for an simple automatic tranny fluid change. went ahead and jacked up the front of my car (03 civic ex automatic) and looked for the drain plug on the at case. after a good 5min looking for the drain plug, im now clueless

is this a procedure that us auto civic owners must take into a professional shop to be done or what? i thought it was be simple as an oil change
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passenger side about the middle of where the tire sits, there just enough room between the tranny and the frame to fit a 3/8" rachet in there, the bolt doesn't need any socket, it just uses the rachet itself, (the bolt has a square hole)
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thanks, ill give it another try monday.

in the meantime, does anyone have specific pics of this location?
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sigh, i'll go look, i'm sure i'll be able to find a pic
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here's a pic, it's number 18, and this is a look from the back right hope it helps
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all you need to do is look right under the passenger side and you will see a bolt that has a 3/8 head on it for a ratchet. you cant miss it. it sits right above the lower control arm.
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where do u pour it in btw?
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you pur it in through the dipstick.
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where do u pour it in btw?
yellow or orage dipstick on top of the transmission under the stock airbox if you have one on still and I hope your changing fluid to synthetic or RED LINE fluid thanks to honda and the crappy transmissions
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yellow or orage dipstick on top of the transmission under the stock airbox if you have one on still and I hope your changing fluid to synthetic or RED LINE fluid thanks to honda and the crappy transmissions
where can i get a funnel that long and wut fluid should i use i got almost 90k miles
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any funnel with a semi long nozzle on it should work. Go to walamrt and in the auto section they have funnels, I bought one of them and it works fine. Ir you can remove the resonator chamber when filling it. Also I would use honda ATF. I have used it for 115K miles now with now problems.
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Honda atf is garbage fluid, the only reason they "claim" that only honda atf works is so people have to buy honda fluid thus making them more money.. do yourself a favor and get redline or some synthetic like was mentioned.. i just changed mine with mobil 1 atf,, took it for a drive shifts good.
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good luck changing the tranny fluid yourself too,, it is a bitch and a half because of where they placed the drain plug hahahaha,,, honda loves to make **** difficult
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good luck changing the tranny fluid yourself too,, it is a bitch and a half because of where they placed the drain plug hahahaha,,, honda loves to make **** difficult
no it's not....it's the easiest thing i've ever done to my car, dont use an extension on the rachet
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Honda atf is garbage fluid, the only reason they "claim" that only honda atf works is so people have to buy honda fluid thus making them more money.. do yourself a favor and get redline or some synthetic like was mentioned.. i just changed mine with mobil 1 atf,, took it for a drive shifts good.

agreed. i believe BG did a test on a bunch of atfs including honda and honda's atf only lasted 12 minutes of testing. it was the worst out of all the other atf. ill try to get a picture of the survey. the best one was BG universal synthetic trans fluid which i just put in my car and boy was there a big difference. smooth shifts all over. plz dont waste your money and get something better.
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agreed. i believe BG did a test on a bunch of atfs including honda and honda's atf only lasted 12 minutes of testing. it was the worst out of all the other atf. ill try to get a picture of the survey. the best one was BG universal synthetic trans fluid which i just put in my car and boy was there a big difference. smooth shifts all over. plz dont waste your money and get something better.
wow i'd really like to see that, very interesting
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yea ill see if i can borrow it or see if i can get a copy of the chart to you guys.
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if it helps, the bolt has a little bit of blue paint on it. At least it did for my 04.
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i saw that chart! that chart is BS it made honda atf look like water! and made theirs the best of course! it's advertising!
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sorry to hog the thread but what about cvt??? i got a stupid hx... still got get the rest of the parts for my k20 swap that has been taking forever to save up... also if anyone does not believe cvt sucks, i already had the tranny crap out after a little over 80k with just using honda atf as recomended... also does anyone know of any other atf for cvt because most say do not use with cvt excep hondas... thanks
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agreed. i believe BG did a test on a bunch of atfs including honda and honda's atf only lasted 12 minutes of testing. it was the worst out of all the other atf. ill try to get a picture of the survey. the best one was BG universal synthetic trans fluid which i just put in my car and boy was there a big difference. smooth shifts all over. plz dont waste your money and get something better.
you do know BG makes the honda atf....at least the additives for it.....
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interesting... did you guys measure how much tranny fluid came out then replaced it with the same amount... Or did you just put in a certain amount of tranny fluid according to the owners manual?
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Re: where is the atf drain plug located?

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so i set everything up for an simple automatic tranny fluid change. went ahead and jacked up the front of my car (03 civic ex automatic) and looked for the drain plug on the at case. after a good 5min looking for the drain plug, im now clueless

is this a procedure that us auto civic owners must take into a professional shop to be done or what? i thought it was be simple as an oil change
Hi there,
May be you can help me.. I've 2003 Civic LX and I face the same trouble. I'm trying to locate the ATF drain plug and no luck. Do you have any picture when you did it? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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