For many decades, American Honda Automatic transmissions were exclusively red fluid transmissions. To properly maintain these transmissions; the transmission fluid simply needs to be drained and the transmission properly filled with genuine Honda Automatic Transmission Fluid. Because there is no pan and filter; Accurate Automotive recommends this procedure once a year or every 15,000 miles - whichever occurs first. This is a good, solid way to ensure longevity and performance out of your Honda or Acura automatic transmission.
This synthetic transmission fluid is green in color and smells horrible. This transmission fluid is utilized in the newer 9 speed automatic transmissions that are found in some Honda Pilots, some Acura MDX units, some Acura TLX units. If instead of a gear shifter, your Honda or Acura has 'push-button' shifter; then this is likely the fluid we would drain and refill in your transmission. Accurate Automotive recommends this fluid change on Honda and Acura vehicles every 3 years or 60,000 miles - whichever occurs first.
It may be hard to believe, but in 1993 Honda introduced the first CVT transmission on some Civic models. Thirty years later, there are several different types of CVT transmissions in Honda and Acura vehicles and it's important to use the correct fluid. This is also a simple drain and fill procedure and is critical for the longevity and performance of the transmission. Accurate Automotive also recommends this fluid change interval once a year or every 15,000 miles - whichever occurs first.
Back in the early '90s American Honda simply called for 10W40 engine oil in the manual transmissions. But in the mid to late '90s; Honda came out with a specific manual transmission oil. Shift quality is better with the manual transmission fluid instead of engine oil and there is are additional additives in this fluid to prevent oxidation of the internal parts - specifically the large ball bearings that support the main shafts and countershafts. Accurate Automotive recommends changing the fluid in Honda and Acura manual transmissions every 3 years or 60,000 miles - whichever occurs first.