Honda - Accord Prelude 1996 2000

Automatic Transaxle



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.


The first recommended automatic transaxle 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.

  1. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean, then reinstall it to its fully seated position.
  3. Remove the dipstick again, then check the oil level on the stick. The level should be between the upper and lower marks on the dipstick.
  5. 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.

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

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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Fig. The transmission dipstick is located on the passenger's side of the engine compartment. We removed the air filter housing assembly to fully expose the dipstick's location and oil fill hole

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