2017 Acura with 25k miles is asking for a transmission fluid change
Based on Honda/Acura history with V6 engines and transmission issues, I'll get it done, but I hate that it needs it so early.
Acura A123 service(oil change, tire rotation, engine and cabin filter, transmission fluid and transfer case fluid) is $525 at the nearest Acura dealership. I have a feeling I'll be buying the fluids and getting this done on my own for $100-150. I'll get to know the car a bit more, and save plenty.
Here is what I don't understand - straight from the manual
3 ● Replace transmission and transfer* fluid*4
*4: Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle speeds or trailer towing results in higher transmission
and transfer temperatures. This requires transmission and transfer fluid changes more frequently than
recommended by the Maintenance Minder. If you regularly drive your vehicle under these conditions, have
the transmission fluid changed at 60,000 miles (100,000 km), then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km).
So, if I drive in rough conditions, I should change the transmission fluid at 60000 miles, but the maintenance minder is calling for me to change it at 25000 miles. What gives?
facw last edited by
@musashi66 Seems weird, but I think you trust the maintenance minder (and worry about what the sensors are telling it that makes it think that a change is necessary so soon).
benjrblant last edited by
@musashi66 Is it a CVT?
Highlander last edited by Highlander
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by
3 ● Replace transmission at 25k miles
ClassicDatsunDebate last edited by
@musashi66 on all my SH-AWD vehicles, I've replaced the rear diff fluid within the first ~20k and I also did the transmission fluid on my last TLX within 60k KM's. The old 6 speed in the TL didn't require transmission fluid change in my 90K km ownership.
I've already done the dif on my RDX and I will expect the transmission fluid before 60k...although this is the new Acura transmission not the old ZF so I'm not quite sure.
The diff I can see, as there's a clutch pack in there plus all the torque vectoring voodoos. I guess the transmission has a lot of technology and stuff happening that relies heavily on a clean lube system.
@facw I guess so. I’ll get it done one way or the other but it seems too early.
@benjrblant Nope, 6sp auto.
@highlander That is way too short of an interval, but the change is pretty easy for the transmission. Transfer case requires a pump so I’ll have to get one - the one I bought doesn’t fit well on any container.
@whoistheleader We already replaced a pressure switch on it under warranty.
@classicdatsundebate No SHawd for this generation. It isn’t calling for diff fluid change, just transmission and transfer case.
I’ll follow the manual and the minder, but I’ll just do it in my own.
Long_Voyager94 last edited by
@musashi66 Eh, I own Mopars, 30k mile fluid/filter changes are common place if you want your trans to last.
It's also the most overlooked service on them, which explains why so many people have trans issues under 100k miles.
@long_voyager94 Weird thing is, the manual says change it at 60k, then at every 30k after that, but the maintenance minder calls for it at 30k. I'm actually more concerned about the transfer case as I'll need to get another pump.
Highlander last edited by
@musashi66 I don't disagree with you on that but that is Honda's recommendation so I'm going to stick with it. My buddy has a 2004 MDX with 230k on the clock and it's still going strong, same drivetrain as my ridgeline.
TheBarber last edited by
@musashi66 I assume this is a RDX? I would stick with doing it every 30k. I've had a lot of issues with torque converter judder from over-extended fluid on the 6 speeds. Yes they were more of a problem (and had a bulletin) on the early models but I still see them beyond that. If it were a 8, 9, or 10 speed I would say you would be good for 60k but on the DW-1 cars stick with 30k. As for the T-case you could easily get away with doing it every 60k unless you tow but that's up to you. I hardly see any wear at the 30k interval mark.
@thebarber Thanks! I think I'll just do what the manual and the minder are calling for. We want to keep this car for a while, and if I do it on my own, it won't be too costly.
TheBarber last edited by
@musashi66 Fair enough, you'll have enough HGO for a couple of services if you don't spill any. It only takes .45qts. I'd give you a pallet of fluid if I lived closer lol. Gotta get rid of all my fluids before I move.
@thebarber If I do one now, it will be 3 years before I do another one. I am horrible about remembering the opened containers of fluids
I'd take a pallet of fluids. My garage is already turning into a shop with the 10 quarts of Abarth oil I have in the garage.
RacinBob last edited by
What's more precious, your money or your peace of mind? In my opinion both the printed and mileage minder recommendations are by engineers who never want to be accused of being negligent of not having the fluid changed often enough. Personally I would take the printed miles and add 50% unless you have severe duty, or unless there is a known problem.
In my opinion the other incentive for understating the fluid life is is it allows fewer warranty claims as most customers will not spend the money to meet the warranty requirements.
@racinbob I'll just get it all done on my own. Not really hard, way cheaper, and I get to see the car up close and personal.
Long_Voyager94 last edited by
@musashi66 Mopar calls for 60k intervals under severe service.
Most people don't realize, "Severe service" is listed as anything outside of highway cruising.
Live in a mixed climate like WI? Severe service.
Drive in the city? Severe service.
Stop and go? Severe service.
Towing/hauling? Severe service.
Sense a pattern?
That aside, I would be more concerned that the maintenance minder came on already. Hopefully it's not a sign of premature wear!
@long_voyager94 I’ll check the drain plug magnet. We still have drivetrain warranty so, fingers crossed.