How To Change Transmission Fluid On Honda Civic

If your transmission fluid needs to be changed, then you need to know how to change transmission fluid on a Honda Civic. Hondas are reliable cars that require regular maintenance. Changing the transmission fluid is part of the maintenance that needs to be done either every 90,000 miles or every 72 months. Having bad transmission fluid, or allowing it to get too low, can cause the gears to mess up, which can eventually lead to the transmission going out. You can save yourself some money by learning how to change transmission fluid on your Honda Civic yourself.

To change transmission fluid on a Honda Civic you need:

  • jack and jack stands
  • ratchet set
  • torque wrench
  • drain pan
  • new transmission fluid
  • new drain plug washer
  1. Jack up your Honda Civic. Make sure that your Honda Civic is sitting on a level surface. Raise your car up with a jack and support its weight by using jack stands.
  2. Drain the transmission fluid.  Place a drain pan on the ground beneath the transmission. Locate the drain plug on the bottom of the transmission. Use a racket to remove the plug and then drain the fluid into the drain pan. Once you drain the fluid completely, clean out the drain plug and install a new washer. Tighten the drain plug with a torque wrench, but do not over tighten it.  
  3. Refill the transmission fluid on your Honda Civic. Use a funnel to refill the transmission fluid. Be careful not to overfill the transmission to prevent any damage from possibly occurring. You can measure the amount of fluid drained from the transmission to gauge the amount of fluid to put back in.
  4. Check the fluid levels and let the engine run. Remove the jack and jack stands from your Honda Civic. Use the dipstick to check the transmission fluid level to make sure you added enough. Start up the car and run the engine for about 20 minutes so it can reach its normal temperature. Check the fluid level again. If needed, add more transmission fluid. 
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