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Old 01-27-2013, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2012-2013 mdx how do you change transmission fluid . Help

Can you please help step by step ..
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you intend to work on your own car, you should really buy a copy of the factory service manual. It's an outstanding guide to all the service and repairs you'll need to do, and will repay its cost many times over. You can buy one here.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine is not that new so I am not sure, but for the last generation, it is pretty much just like changing the oil, just easier since there is no filter to change. Have you checked YouTube?
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transmission fluid

whats the best tranny fluid to use on a mdx
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You should always use Honda fluids. The oil does not really matter, but the rest do. And, it does not have to be bought at the Acura dealer. You can buy the fluids at the Honda dealer and save a few dollars.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Redline d4 ATF. Overall key is frequency of changes. Every 15k IMHO.


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I use Mobil1 ATF. I felt no slippage before or afterwards. But you will need an extra quart of whatever oil you chooses (just in case). You can see yourself how much of it comes out into your bucket.
It is very simple to drain, the plug is in close proximity to the motor oil drain plug also.
For myself, I found that it is almost impossible to refill it through the refill hole, so I used a very narrow funnel and refilled it through the transmission dipstick hole.
You will also need to about 2 more "flushes" or "drains and refills," because unlike motor oil replacement, the transmission fluid replacement procedures does not completely flushes the fluid out.
But, like others have posted, do the 2nd and 3rd "drain and refills" or "flushes" after some miles in between. Somewhere around a few hundreds miles would do (in between flushes). Afterward, replacing the transmission fluid is limited to what Acura suggest.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I would suggest only using Honda ATF, while these other brands are reputable, Honda has a long history of issues with their ATs and their ATF has a lot of R&D behind it in order to help with these issues.

Aftermarket stuff, is aftermarket stuff, they might use the best base stocks there are, but ATF is a very complex brew, on top of that they don't account for specific materials or design issues that Honda is very well aware of with their own ATs.

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I am also trying to do this on a 2010 MDX.

I just can't find the drain plug! Can someone take a picture and orient me towards it?

Do you guys raise the car for this? I have just crawled under and it is a little annoying.

I also don't have a torque wrench. Is it a necessity? Are there any arrows or something else to state that the screw is adequately tightened?
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Honda's r&d is what caused the mess in the first place.
On 05 the drain faces forward about midpoint in the tranny


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I am also trying to do this on a 2010 MDX.

I just can't find the drain plug! Can someone take a picture and orient me towards it?

Do you guys raise the car for this? I have just crawled under and it is a little annoying.

I also don't have a torque wrench. Is it a necessity? Are there any arrows or something else to state that the screw is adequately tightened?
Here you go buddy:

Draining the gear oil

Draining front tranny fluid



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Installed Fumoto valve on the oil pan as I got sick of splashing oil all over. Worth every penny and no leaks after 6 months. The oil residue you see on the valve is because I dropped Fumoto in the old oil before installing.
Just have to attach a tube to the nipple of the valve to change oil next time. Should've done this a long time ago.


I didn't use torque wrench to tighten. Used good old muscle memory to tighten without stripping any threads. I drove up ramps to raise the front end.

Hope these help anyone.
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JLG, thanks for posting the adobe document!! It's a huge help.

vtec260 thank you for the images, they help out a lot as well.
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JLC,
I took a closer look at the adobe document you posted for performing a transmission fluid change. I have two questions for you that you may be able to help with:
1. on page two it says "remove the intake air duct and the air cleaning housing", what is this, where is it located and what is the purpose of this?
2. on page six it refers to HDS and DLC. Is this something the dealership does to reset the maintenance minder after changing the ATF?

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