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'09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill #4742849
04/29/18 09:46 PM
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2009 Honda Civic, 103K miles, original fluid, no abnormal AT behavior

Drained ~3qts and replaced with VM Maxlife ATF. I'll repeat a couple more times. Drain plug debris was wiped on blue rag.




Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4743118
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Wow...blot test doesn't look that bad. One thing I've noticed with the Honda ATF is that it has a smell like no other ATF. Must be the magic juice.....


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Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4743186
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103K and changing the fluid for the first time? shocked2 I would be too nervous.

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One thing I've noticed with the Honda ATF is that it has a smell like no other ATF. Must be the magic juice.....

Yup, I love the smell. I've used other ATF's like Dex/Merc and they smell so [censored] bad. Castrol Import ATF smells like fish, Valvoline MaxLife ATF smells like [censored].

I used those on Nissan cars. For Honda I only use Honda fluids.


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Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: NoNameJoe] #4743478
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Originally Posted By: NoNameJoe
103K and changing the fluid for the first time? shocked2 I would be too nervous.

Quote:
One thing I've noticed with the Honda ATF is that it has a smell like no other ATF. Must be the magic juice.....

Yup, I love the smell. I've used other ATF's like Dex/Merc and they smell so [censored] bad. Castrol Import ATF smells like fish, Valvoline MaxLife ATF smells like [censored].

I used those on Nissan cars. For Honda I only use Honda fluids.

Got some Maxlife on my favorite hat last time I serviced the transmission on the Impala. I got the stain out but the smell seemingly won't every go away. frown

Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4752459
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my automatic accord trans went over 500k miles..... and honda AT's have a rep for being the weak link. i always did a drain/refill every 30k. i recommend not letting it go 100k again if you plan on keeping it


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Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4754143
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I love how easy the trans fluid change is on an 8th gen Civic! I always do a drain and fill, drive a few miles, and then do another drain and fill, since each time you drain it only 50% of the old fluid will come out. But if you do the double drain and fill about every 30-50k that should be good enough. I always use the OEM fluid from the Honda dealer.


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Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: Patman] #4754256
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Originally Posted By: JustN89
Originally Posted By: NoNameJoe
103K and changing the fluid for the first time? shocked2 I would be too nervous.

Quote:
One thing I've noticed with the Honda ATF is that it has a smell like no other ATF. Must be the magic juice.....

Yup, I love the smell. I've used other ATF's like Dex/Merc and they smell so [censored] bad. Castrol Import ATF smells like fish, Valvoline MaxLife ATF smells like [censored].

I used those on Nissan cars. For Honda I only use Honda fluids.

Got some Maxlife on my favorite hat last time I serviced the transmission on the Impala. I got the stain out but the smell seemingly won't every go away. frown

sick

Originally Posted By: Patman
I love how easy the trans fluid change is on an 8th gen Civic! I always do a drain and fill, drive a few miles, and then do another drain and fill, since each time you drain it only 50% of the old fluid will come out. But if you do the double drain and fill about every 30-50k that should be good enough. I always use the OEM fluid from the Honda dealer.

Yup, you don't have to go search for a socket either since the plug is just a 3/8 drive. The one thing I think would have made it even better is if the drain plug were right on the bottom facing down.


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Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4757882
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Did another spill & fill after about a week of driving. The fluid looked about the same as the first time and a little bit on the magnet.



Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4758753
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Should be fine. My friend's mom has a 2006 Civic with 220k+ on it. It had one drain and fill at the dealer when it had 150k miles, and she wanted me to change it at 200k. I did 3 drain and fills until the fluid came out pink (using only Honda fluid) and the transmission has shifted perfect since.


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Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4758875
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Our old 95 Accord became a gift to a friend. He totaled it with almost 300K; it was running fine.
Trans saw lotsa Honda fluid , some regular Dextron and lotsa MaxLife.
Never a problem.


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Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4758917
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Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4789874
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Did another this past weekend


Re: '09 Honda Civic 103K AT fluid spill & fill [Re: bmwpowere36m3] #4789902
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Mmmm looks like Naked Juice.

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