RE: Transmission Fluid - 1995 Honda Civic
Do not drain and refill. This is not good b/c it only removes something like 1/4 of the fluid. Alot of fluid is inside the tranny, i.e. clutches, servos, etc so if you really want to get new fluid in your trans get a flush. I've heard that flushes aren't too hard to do your self. Take the hose from the rad cooler and put it in a bucket. Add tranny fluid to the other hose and stop when new fluid is coming out of the hose. I've never actually tried it before but when I asked my shop teacher thats how he said to do it w/o a machine. As for Honda fluid or not, I would use Honda fluid. The AT is a complicated hydraulic system. It has passages and if wrong fluid is used, the fluid will not flow correctly. Its kind of hard to explain since ATs are very complicated but Honda designed thier trannies to work with Honda fluid and Honda fluid is what you should use. It different for oil and rad fluid b/c these aren't hydraulic systems. The AT works on fluid pressure to move various parts of of the transmission. A different fluid with different viscosity will cause pressure changes in the tranny and may cause problems in teh trans.
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