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Old 14 Jul 2010, 08:46 pm
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Default how to change transmission filter on a 1994 honda civic?

the car has 195000 miles and is shifting slowly. It is an automatic.

The car has 195000 miles and is shifting slow into 2nd and 3rd. should we try a flush first or change the filter?
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Old 14 Jul 2010, 09:01 pm
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Old 14 Jul 2010, 09:16 pm
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Fluid change might help, but 195k is a lot miles, it's just from natural wear and tear, it will be like that unless you tear it down and completely rebuild it or get a new transmisison. Sometimes changing the torque converter will also help a little as those wear out just like a clutch in a manual.

1. Place the car on jack stands

2. Crack open the transmission fluid drain bolt and let the fluid out into a pan (There should be a small diagram and short description of this step in your owners manual)

3. Loosen the bolts holding the transmission pan on and pull it off.

4. Once the pans off look for the filter and take it off once you locate it.

5. Install the new filter, it's very important you install the o-ring on it before putting the new one in, if your unsure about this, look at where the o-ring is on the old filter.

6. Once the filter is installed, install the transmission pan with a NEW gasket, not the same one.

7. Install the transmission bolts and tighten them down (careful not to over-tighten) and put the drain plug back in

8. Lower the car and begin pouring the correct amount of fluid in through the dipstick tube.

*If your fluid is a dark dark brown or black color, DO NOT change it, that is a sign your transmission is toast, if you change the fluid in that condition it can destroy your transmission even faster.

**Use Honda ATF only.

Edit: I would never flush a transmission that has such a high mileage, it would do more harm than good. Best to just change the filter and drain + refill the transmission fluid twice (do the first oil change, drive around a couple miles then do another - clears out more contamination than just 1 change).
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Old 14 Jul 2010, 09:31 pm
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There is no serviceable filter on a Honda automatic transmission.

Change the fluid. If you have not been changing it on a regular basis then you will need to do 4 successive drain and refills with a short drive between each one. Reason being is that less than half of the dirty fluid comes out each time you drain it.

Do not allow anyone to backflush it.

Use only Honda ATF available at the dealer or at Carquest auto parts stores. If you use some other fluid at least make sure it says on the label that it meets Honda specs.
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