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Changing the automatic transmission fluid in a Honda Accord (6th gen)

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This is not a full Instructable. It is simply some notes on how to do this.

This assumes that you can and already do basic maintenance on your own, especially changing the oil.

I created this because while there are written instructions on changing Accord transmission fluid, I never found any pictures. In fact, the Haynes manual doesn't have these pictures!
 
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Step 1: Locating the drain plug

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This photo shows the location of the automatic transmission fluid drain plug on a 2001 Honda Accord.

Looking from the side, the plug is almost directly behind the passenger-side front wheel.

To remove the plug, you need a 3/8 drive socket wrench. *It does not take a socket, you must stick the 3/8 drive directly into the plug!*

Step 2: Draining the fluid

Almost like changing oil.

Draining the transmission fluid is best done on a level surface, so either:
1. Put jack stands under all four corners of the car
or
2. Use no jack stands and leave the car on the ground.

When draining on a level surface, 2.6 quarts of transmission fluid will come out. This is 1/2 of the total transmission fluid so yes, you are only changing half of it. If you drain it on an angle (that is, the front end is on jack stands, but the rear is not), you will drain more than the 2.6 quarts, but I don't know how much will come out. Therefore, unless you measure it, you will not know how much to put back in!

Step 3: Locating the transmission dip stick and refilling

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The transmission fluid dip stick doubles as the refill point. The loop handle is yellow. These pictures show its location in the engine bay. Using a long funnel, add 2.6 quarts of Honda ATF-Z1 transmission fluid.
SteveM12 months ago

Instead of the expensive Honda fluid, Use Valvoline MaxLife Dexron / Mercon Automatic Transmission Fluid which is even better than the honda fluid. Also you should do it 3 times with driving a few miles between changing, this will replace almost every-bit of the old fluid. Transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles or at least every 50,000. The problem with old fluid is it starts getting sticky and causes the parts that shift the transmission to start getting sluggish.

jbrain3 years ago
it makes this job easier but you actually cant remove the pan which sucks for more important jobs
You can do a more complete flush if you disconnect the lines going from the transmission to the oil cooler, put the line going to the oil cooler into a bucket to catch the old fluid and use the line going back to the transmission to fill. You should be able to gravity fill if you have a bucket on top of the car with clean fluid connected to the line going back into the transmission.
Phil B5 years ago
It is nice that you have a drain plug rather than needing to remove the transmission pan.