2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD TECH
Correction: "you run engine at IDLE IN PARK until reaching desired temp".
There is no way acura technicians follow this correctly. They just do a drain and fill. Part of the reason I want to do this myself.I have a 2015 - but one day I’ll upgrade and I am dreading having to buy an $800 scanner to change the transmission fluid which is easier than changing any other fluid.
There are 3 plugs on the ZF9, Drain (bottom), Fill (top) and the side one I suppose that’s the check level plug?
Why isn’t the process as easy as.
1.Open the fill (always open the f before you drain)
3. Close drain
4. Open the side plug
5. Fill until it dribbles out of the side plug
6. Close side Plug
7. Close Drain Plug.
8. Drink a beer!
does heating it up get more out of the drain?
I am just not getting it? Seems like they are making this daunting so ya DIYers 2nd think it.
I don’t know - What’s so illogical about measuring what you drain and put in exactly what you take out?
Is there a practical way of doing this by driving the vehicle a certain time to warm up the fluid? Without doing the VSA stepsAll the steps are done with the vehicle running. After you disable the VSA and run thru gears 1-4 manually, place it in park, idle the car in Park and wait until the temperature reaches 104F*. You check the fluid level with the car idling and add or remove fluid with the vehicle on.
The fluid temperature doesn’t increase very rapidly; it is very gradual given you time to adjust the level.
Honestly, the tasks seemed daunting at first; once you start , it is super easy.
Practice getting the vehicle in VSA service mode beforehand.
I now feel guilty for not taking pictures and sharing with you folks.
I did mine at 41k miles, but the MID threw the code at 47k miles. Usually around 45k miles is when the MID will throw it for the ZF 9spd.Just bought a used 2018 MDX Base a few days ago with 50k miles. When or at what mileage does the transmission fluid need to be replaced? Coming from an Odyssey, I replaced the ATF every 60k miles, but it was the 6-speed not the ZF 9-speed. I was reading through the Owner's Manual yesterday and couldn't find recommended maintenance for ATF replacement.
You will get a code in the MID when the time comes. I have almost 50k on my MDX and the car has not asked for a change since I bought it at 20k miles. All my miles are highway and I am not an aggressive driver. The service interval changes based on how the vehicle is driven, likewise with the oil change interval. I'm sure there's no harm in doing it sooner than when the cars tells you to, but I embrace the mindset of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Given that my car drives flawlessly, I'm in no hurry to mess with the transmission unnecessarily. YMMVJust bought a used 2018 MDX Base a few days ago with 50k miles. When or at what mileage does the transmission fluid need to be replaced? Coming from an Odyssey, I replaced the ATF every 60k miles, but it was the 6-speed not the ZF 9-speed. I was reading through the Owner's Manual yesterday and couldn't find recommended maintenance for ATF replacement.
2 dealers in Denver area charge around 350. considering the parts alone is like $200. I did a few times at home without issues. Just measured what I took out and put in the exact amount. I heard some dealers are doing this method too because it's way faster. People making this way harder than it should be. of course, dealers want you to bring it in for even a air filter change.