Honda Civic/Del Sol 1996-2000

Manual Transaxle



All Honda manual transaxles use the Honda Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) as the original factory fill. This oil is similar to a 10W-30 or 10W-40 viscosity engine oil, and this oil can be substituted temporarily. However, the manufacturer recommends the use of their MTF when changing the fluid.


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Fig. Proper manual transaxle oil level

The transaxle fluid should be changed every 90,000 miles or 6 years under normal driving conditions. In severe driving conditions the fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles or every 2 years, whichever occurs first.

  1. Make sure the vehicle is on a level surface. If the vehicle is raised, make sure the vehicle is safely supported and level.

Do not confuse the drain plug with the fill plug. The fill plug is in the mid-section of the transaxle. The drain plug is near the bottom of the transaxle.

  1. The oil level is checked by removing the oil fill plug on the side of the transaxle. The transmission fluid should just meet the lower threads of the transmission fill hole.
  3. Remove the oil level check bolt from the side of the transaxle. If oil runs out, or if oil can be felt near the threaded fill hole opening reinstall and retighten the bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  5. If the level needs to be topped off, pour oil in slowly until it begins to run out then, install and tighten the filler bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).


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Fig. Location of the manual transaxle oil drain plug

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle, making sure it is level.
  3. Place a fluid catch pan under the transaxle drain plug.
  5. Remove the upper fill and lower drain plugs, and drain the fluid.
  7. Using crush new washers, install the bottom plug tightening to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm). Refill the transaxle, until the oil is level with the upper filler plug hole, then the filler plug and tighten to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).

The oil change capacity of the manual transaxle is approximately 1.8 quarts (1.7 L)