Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: , CO
Feedback Score: 9 reviews
nice pics! changing the ATF is very easy and is a really really good thing to do to our Honda automatics. changing the fluid resulted in noticably smoother shifting and just overall better performance on my 94 Integra with 150k miles. (when I started autox racing it I changed it more frequently.)
a few more tips:
-only use genuine Honda ATF. it has special additives that these transmissions need to last. $12-20 for the fluid is well worth it.
-get a funnel with a 18"? hose *before* you do this, that's the only way to get new fluid down to the dipstick hole!
-also use a new crush washer for the drain plug, torque it properly, and check for leaks afterwards.
-after you put the new fluid in, start the car and slowly shift through the gears. maybe drive around the block. then check the fluid level again.
-remember that the torque converter retains about a quart of fluid, and there will probably be some left in the radiator. so don't think you're getting a complete flush with a simple fluid change. I'd change it more frequently because of that, especially on older cars.. probably once a year I'd say.
Rocky Mountain region SCCA Autocross and Time Trials dude RIP 94 DB8!