Acura Coupes and Sedans 1994-2000 Repair Information

Automatic Transaxle

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



All Acura automatic transaxles use Honda approved ATF or Dexron®II automatic transmission fluid.

LEVEL CHECK



The recommended change interval for the fluid in the automatic transaxle is 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 24 months.

The level is checked with the vehicle on level ground and the engine hot, but off. All models use a standard push in dipstick. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean, reinstall it in position. Remove the dipstick and check the oil level on the stick, it should be between the upper and lower marks on the dipstick.

  1. If the fluid level is low, use a funnel to add the proper type and amount of transaxle fluid to bring it to the correct level, through the dipstick tube. It generally takes less than a pint. DO NOT overfill the transaxle! If the fluid level is within specifications, simply push the dipstick back into the filler tube completely.
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WARNING
To avoid getting any dirt or water in the transaxle, always make sure the dipstick is fully seated in the tube.

DRAIN & REFILL



  1. Drive the vehicle to bring the transaxle fluid up to operating temperatures.
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  3. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle.
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  5. Place a fluid catch pan under the transaxle.
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  7. Remove the drain plug, located on the bottom of the transaxle housing, and drain the transaxle.
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  9. Using a new washer, install the drain plug. Tighten to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm) on the Integra, and to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) on all other models.
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  11. Using Dexron®II automatic transmission fluid refill the transaxle using the transaxle fluid dipstick hole or filler cap, until fluid reaches the FULL mark on the dipstick; DO NOT overfill the transaxle.
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Be sure that the quantity of fluid you add is always slightly less than the specified quantity, due to the remaining fluid left in the transaxle housing recesses.

  1. Start the engine and allow to idle for at least a minute. With the parking brake set and the brakes depressed, move the gear selector through each position, ending in the Park or Neutral position.
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  3. Check the fluid level and add just enough fluid to bring the level to 1 / 8 inch (3mm) below the ADD mark.
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  5. Allow the engine to fully warm up to normal operating temperature, then check the fluid level. The fluid level should be in the HOT range. If not, add the proper amount of fluid to bring it up to that level. If the fluid level is within specifications, simply push the dipstick back into the filler tube completely.
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WARNING
To avoid getting any dirt or water in the transaxle, always make sure the dipstick is fully seated in the tube.

 
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