Honda CRV/Odyssey 1995-2000 Repair Information

Automatic Transaxle

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



The manufacturer recommends the use of Honda Premium Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) in their vehicles. The Dexron®III automatic transmission fluid can be substituted temporarily.

LEVEL CHECK



The first recommended transmission fluid change, under normal operating conditions, is 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or 3 years whichever occurs first. Thereafter, the interval is every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years, whichever occurs first. For severe operating conditions, the interval is every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 2 years, whichever occurs first.

The level is checked with the vehicle on level ground and the engine hot, but not running. 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. The level 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 as follows:

    CRV's and 4-cylinder Odyssey: through the dipstick tube.
     
    V6 Odyssey: remove the hex head fill plug on the top of the transaxle near to the dipstick and add through the threaded hole.
     

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It generally takes less than a pint to bring the fluid up to the proper level. DO NOT overfill the transaxle! If the fluid level is within specifications, simply push the dipstick back into the filler tube completely.


WARNING
To avoid getting any dirt or water in the transaxle, always make sure the dipstick is fully seated in the tube. See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: The transaxle dipstick is found on the passenger's side of the engine compartment. The air filter housing assembly on this CRV is removed, to fully expose the dipstick's location and oil fill hole



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Fig. Fig. 2: Just the top ring of the transaxle dipstick is visible with the air filter housing lifted up. Removing the upper air filter housing and the ducting allows enough room for a funnel to be used on this CRV

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, and then tighten it to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  11. Using Honda Premium Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) or its temporary substitute, Dexron®III automatic transmission fluid, refill the transaxle using a suitable funnel as follows:

    CRV's and 4-cylinder Odyssey: through the dipstick tube.
     
    V6 Odyssey: remove the hex head fill plug on the top of the transaxle near to the dipstick and add through the threaded hole.
     

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DO NOT overfill the transaxle. Be sure that the quantity of fluid added is always slightly less than the specified quantity, due to the remaining fluid left in the transaxle housing recesses.

See Figures 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 3: The transaxle drain plug has a square 3/8s inch hole



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a 3/8 inch drive ratchet to remove the drain plug

  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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