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Old 12-28-2008
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Maintenance Question

I got a '97 Civic Coupe Ex- Manual Trans. SOHC- about 155k miles, should be all stock under the hood. I'm wanting to know if someone could let me know what to do maintenance wise. A maintenance checklist or something for 155k miles would be nice.

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Re: Maintenance Question

Haha what an idiot... missed the 100k maintenance checklist like 2 topics down. But I was wondering how often I would need to flush/change my fluids?
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Re: Maintenance Question

fluids are usually dependent on mileage, except brake fluid which is every 3 yrs. oil is every 5k/5months, coolant is every 3-5 yrs if you have the honda long life type2, power steering is pretty much when it turns dark, trans fluid every 30k.
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Re: Maintenance Question

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Re: Maintenance Question

Trans fluid every 30k? That seems really often.
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Re: Maintenance Question

i actually do mine every 10k. you are only draining out 1/3 of the fluid each time. 2.9 qts and the trans housing holds at least 9 qts.
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Rtfm.
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Re: Maintenance Question

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i actually do mine every 10k. you are only draining out 1/3 of the fluid each time. 2.9 qts and the trans housing holds at least 9 qts.
Doesnt the manual say like every 100k or something crazy like that? I am not trying to argue just gather information, cuz I havent changed mine since I bought the car used and I have no prior knowledge of what went on. You use honda fluid gearbox?
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Re: Maintenance Question

no it says 30k in the service manual. i always use honda fluid (atfz1).
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Re: Maintenance Question

How would one go about changing the power steering fluid correctly?
I found this guide at eHow

http://www.ehow.com/how_4962809_chan...nda-civic.html

Just wanted to make sure this is the correct procedure
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Re: Maintenance Question

yeah that seems right, its more of a pain than anything. its easier to turn the wheel side to side if the front of the car is raised up. and youre almost guaranteed to spill something its not a single person job.
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Re: Maintenance Question

Would sucking the fluid out with a pump work? Seems like it would be a bit cleaner, and a 1 man job

I'm assuming Honda Genuine is the fluid to use? I saw some PS fluid at Advance that was made by some off brand but apparently is made for Hondas. This stuff any good?
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Re: Maintenance Question

just use oem fluid. i think the point of having the car on is to get all the fluid out of the rack.
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Re: Maintenance Question

i just did it the easy way. disconnect the side hose, pour the reservoir fluid in a cup, then refill with new ps fluid. i put a towel underneath just in case, but i only spilled a few drops. use a disposable drinking cup that will fit in there. i will do it again once i drive the car around and the fluid mixes. that should get it clean enough, kinda like doing the trans fluid drain and refills. i was surprised the fluid was pretty dark, and the new stuff is almost clear.
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