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Old 24 Jan 2013, 02:48 am
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Default should I change the transmission oil on my honda accord 98?

I just bought a honda accord 98 a few months ago. Finally found the transmission dipstick and found that it needs fluid. the car has more than 190 000 miles on it and I wonder if I should do a fluid change. Now I don't know if the former owner had a regular maintenance schedule with it as I've researched that transmission fluid should be changed every 60 000 miles. Anyway, I wonder if she had it changed at 180 000 or not. My main concern is after talking to a friend who has a honda. He told me that one time a mechanic told him that it's good to change the fluid only if it has been done on it regularly ( every 60 000 miles in this case), and that if that hasn't happened, changing the fluid might cause some problems with the transmission, sort of the old wine in new barrels kinda thing. Any advise on this being true? Should I just add fluid to the transmission and keep on going? Car runs great, it just needs fluid. Please let me know what my options are. Thanks y'all!
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Old 24 Jan 2013, 03:07 am
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You can always change fluid in a Honda. The only problem is if you wait too long. Not too early. The only problem there is the extra expense. The advise on "wine barrell" is just not valid. Your engine is metal not wood.
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Old 24 Jan 2013, 03:16 am
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We have owned Toyotas and Hondas from brand new for the past 20 years and I have change oil and drain ATF as a DIY maintenance since I was 16.































FYI transmission overhauls are pricey and like changing engine oil every 5000 miles, draining the ATF flluid and refilling should be done every 30,000 miles and not 60,000 miles. While all mechanics and garages do change/drain and refill the ATF, not every garage does transmission repairs. If you have the right tools and correct ATF fluid, drain & refill is not too difficult...































If I were in your shoes, the truth is most likely I would NOT have purchased a vehicle with such high mileage to begin with because it is probably on its last leg and the fact that you did not say you have mechanic skills thenl finding a trustworthy and good mechanic is not an easy thing because when you somehing major happen wow at $60 or more an hour well soon you wish you had bought an newer used vehicle with less than 20,000 miles or a new one for that matter.































For example I have a coworker who has a friend with an auction license and they like to buy what I refer as "junk" meaning 2 of the vehicles he bought barely lasted 18 months before they had major nechanical and transmission problems because maintenance to include his home is low priority. Then on one vehicle he spends like $3,000 for a rebuilt engine and transmission and it doesn't run like before so he tries to sell it on Craigslist with no luck. The other vehicle he watched You Tube and attempted to fix it himself only to make matters worst.































We all learn from our mistakes. Believe I have seen other drivers and owners who know their car is leaking oil, that forgetting or neglecting to check more frequently only resulted in terrible news when they eventually required new engine....that could have been prevented had they adhered to & folllowed a maintenance schedule or visiting a reputable mechanic at the first signs something was wrong.































Also read the owner's manual and don't buy parts and fluids like oil and ATF based on the cheapest price like my coworkers with 2 lemons. No vehicles older than 10 years old and more than 150,000 miles have to be taken care of like babies if you want them to last forever.































Whereas you mention only oil changes and draining ATF, equally important is changing the timing belt, water pump, thermostat and noth fan belts every 75,000 to 90,000 miles.































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Old 24 Jan 2013, 03:32 am
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On Hondas, yes, if the transmission hasn't been properly maintained, they'll be finicky if you change the fluid. Generally speaking, if it hasn't been done on Honda's scheduled maintenance, you're better off not changing it and just working to extend the life of what you have. Also, if you decide to just add fluid, make sure you use the Honda ATF. Your transmission will likely start slipping if you use a generic ATF.
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Old 24 Jan 2013, 03:46 am
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You should the change the transmission oil on your honda accord 98. If the transmission hasn't been properly maintained, they'll be finicky if you change the fluid. If it hasn't been done on Honda's scheduled maintenance, you're better off not changing it and just working to extend the life of what you have. If you decide to just add fluid, make sure you use the Honda ATF. Your transmission will likely start slipping if you use a generic ATF. Hence, try it and be happy.































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