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Old 14 Oct 2009, 10:01 am
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Default transmission refill on a 02 acura TL?

My friend took her TL to get an oil change and was told she needed to change the trans fluid because it was dirty and low. I think the shop just tried to make a sale on something unnecessary. Is there even a trans dipstick on a TL? I'm a mechanic but specialize on diesels, not much experience with honda/acura. I suggested she just have it topped off it is low because the trans might start to slip with a transmission flush. I say if it's not broke don't fix it. What's the procedure to changing the trans fluid? The car has 125k by the way
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Old 14 Oct 2009, 10:31 am
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you add same place one check it and can drain fluid and replace filter but dont really need it but it is better not to flush but to just replace fluid and even then my car has over 300,000 miles never been done
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Old 14 Oct 2009, 10:46 am
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i suggest a full tranny flush and refill

if you buy it here online at

you can save money and do it youself
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Old 14 Oct 2009, 11:01 am
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there should be an orange dipstick to check the fluid. since the automatic transmissions on these cars had problems, you are better off doing a drain and fill once a year or every 20K miles. the fluid should be red in color. only use honda automatic fluid. i would not do a flush.
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Old 14 Oct 2009, 11:16 am
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i change about every 50,000. no flush. use only honda fluid or it shifts weird.
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Old 14 Oct 2009, 11:31 am
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I myself,have had 3 of these beasts,84/88/04.I still have the 04,gold

badge series,bloody magic,it is.

It is recommended,by Honda that the trans,should be serviced,when cam belt changed,approx 100-000km.Get full service done,"IE" drain,

flushed,bands tightened,as required,new filter,new trans oil/by Honda & gaskets.Will keep on going for ever.My last service,cost me $726.38.

That included the trans,full cam belt,engine drained,flushed,new filter& new oil..Not to bad i thought..Mine is an 04

3.5 legend,gold badge series.Also has 227.000km on it,so apart from

the obvious,two cam belts & trans services,it has only cost me,tyres& brake pads!!Not even a light bulb( yet)
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Old 14 Oct 2009, 12:31 pm
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All TLs from 00-03 have serious transmission issues. One of the recommendations is to keep the tranny fluid clean. I'm not mechanic, but I do own an 01 TL with 100k miles and I have replaced the transmission two times! This doesn't really answer your question, but it is something to consider when looking at trans fluid on this car. Good luck.
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