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Old 09 Oct 2007, 03:16 pm
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Default how do i change the transmission fluid on my 1996 honda civic?

just a girl being adventurous. lolok smarty pants...too all you boys who say "just take it to a shop" please tell me where there is one that will not rip me off! im in the sf bay area. :OP
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Old 09 Oct 2007, 03:17 pm
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Hopefully, you have an automatic transmission. You'll want to get a drain pan to catch the fluid, unscrew the drain plug, put the drain pan under the spout where the fluid comes out and drain it all out. If you want to change the filter at the same time, now you have to do some work. You're going to have to buy the kit from the auto parts store or dealer parts dept to do a transmission service. It will be a gasket, some rubber o-rings and the filter.Drop the valve-body pan, find the filter and change it out. If the bolt holes in the pan are pushed in to much, use a hammer and flatten them out. Use the new gasket to put the pan back on.Now fill it with fluid. Put the same amount in that you took out. Be sure to check the level the first time you drive it so you can add fluid to get it to the right level. Very few cars have a drain plug on the torque converter. I'm certain yours doesn't either. Even the professionals don't drain the converter. Don't worry about it. Some dirty fluid always stays in the tranny.You're done. Or you could do it my way. I don't like that dirty fluid in the converter to stay in the trans, so I get the dirt out and leave the clean fluid behind! Here's howo a search for "Frantz Filter" on the internet. Find oneBuy one or two.Install it on your transmission, you can install one on your engine too.Change the filter once or twice a year. No need to change the fluid because the filter takes out more dirt than your tranny is able to make.
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Old 09 Oct 2007, 03:17 pm
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Almost impossible do it yourself. When you drain, you are only getting that part in the pan of the transmission, leaving behind everything in the torque converter. Best have the shop do it.
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Old 09 Oct 2007, 03:18 pm
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Almost impossible do it yourself. When you drain, you are only getting that part in the pan of the transmission, leaving behind everything in the torque converter. Best have the shop do it.
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Old 09 Oct 2007, 03:21 pm
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hey it is near impossible do drain ur transmission urself because u only drain wats in the pan which is very little and u leave a lot of shitt in ur torqe converter so i think u shuld take it to a local mechanic shop. won't cost too much.
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Old 09 Oct 2007, 03:24 pm
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An automatic transmission service on an automatic Honda Civic is the same as the manual. There is no filter to change. The filter is changed if/when the transmission is rebuilt. The draining is easy, but the fill requires going throught that hole where you check the tranny fluid in the front right of the tranny. I did the same service on an ex-girlfriends Prelude. The service is the same. Get a the longest tubed funnel you can find. It will take a while but it will be worth it. As you fill it, stop and check the fluid level periodically. When it gets to the appropriate level, you're finished. There is always fluid in torque converter when a servcie is done on an automatic tranny. A tranny flush could take care of that but being that your car is older- probably over 100,000 miles, it's not advised. The flush could do more harm than good on a high mileage automatic transmission. I've never serviced a manual tranny car.
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