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    New CR-V owner seeking transmission advice

    Just left the Odyssey club and joined the CR-V club. Got a 2008. About 125K. Transmission fluid was last changed at 60K. Should I flush and replace? Seems kind of a borderline case, but if I don't do it now, I should probably never do it. I would prefer to go ahead and do it if I can do it safely. Thanks.

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    Don't do a flush ever!! Just do a simple drain and refill. I would do 3 drain and refills in your case. Drive 100 miles each time and keep the last refill in place. That will ensure you get all the old fluid out.



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    You should definitely do a drain & fill now. Wisdom here is to change it every 30K miles.

    To replace most of the fluid you need to drain & fill 3 times. Recommended if you feel any 'funky' shift behavior.


    PS: On CR-Vs, you need to replace Rear Differential Fluid periodically, too.
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    I try to do it every two or three oil changes. These '09s I have shift like butter, and I'd like them to stay that way.

    My kiddo's '02 Accord V6 has the bad B7XA transmission and it has some nastiness happening--a flare and hard shift from 1-2, and a harsh downshift from 3-2. Convinced it's a valve or solenoid, just have to find which one. It hasn't gotten any worse in a year in a half, so hopefully we're lucky and won't need to replace the trans in this thing. (It'll cost more than we paid for the car.)
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    +1 to Wildcat. Our 08 shifts great. We're up to 187K on it and the fluid gets changed annually. I only do one drain/fill since it is getting it more frequently than recommended. Drain plug is right up front. No need to jack it up.
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    A transmission specialist shop told me that with synthetic fluid I could easily run 50,000 miles between changes and be fine. Maybe so, but I don't think I'll go quite that long. It's not like it's a hard or expensive job. Any thoughts on transmission fluid additives?

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    A big NOPE to synthetics, additives, etc.

    Three words to remember: Honda fluid only! DW-1, right from the dealer. $8/quart, maybe cheaper if you can find a deal.

    And get a couple of crush washers while you're at it.

    Drain it every few oil changes and refill with 3 qts. of DW-1 and you're golden. There is no "flushing" these transmissions--drain and fill only. Don't let the so-called "experts" at the transmission shops or quick lube shops convince you otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildcat View Post
    A big NOPE to synthetics, additives, etc.

    Three words to remember: Honda fluid only! DW-1, right from the dealer. $8/quart, maybe cheaper if you can find a deal.

    And get a couple of crush washers while you're at it.

    Drain it every few oil changes and refill with 3 qts. of DW-1 and you're golden. There is no "flushing" these transmissions--drain and fill only. Don't let the so-called "experts" at the transmission shops or quick lube shops convince you otherwise.
    You realize DW1 is synthetic right???

    But if you already have high mileage do not use anything except DW1. Our Odyssey has had Valvoline it's whole life after first change (previous owner) so we have kept with that and been flawless. But my 2003 crv doesn't like it at all so I cleared the Valvoline back out and switched back to dw1, been flawless since.

    229557 miles as of this moment, still original trans, still in great shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigris99 View Post
    You realize DW1 is synthetic right???
    Oh yes, of course. I just meant, don't go to the auto parts store and randomly choose an allegedly compatible "synthetic" fluid. I just think it's easier to stick with what the manufacturer specifies--it takes the guesswork out of it, and we know it's correct.

    And as you well know, some mechanics know their stuff and know what Hondas can use, where others figure if a transmission fluid works in one brand of car, then it can work in most others.

    My '97 has only run Z-1/DW-1 its entire life. It is at 290k miles. It does have one issue (parking pawl gets stuck in park--I have to park it in neutral with parking brake on) but otherwise, it still shifts pretty much as good as it did when we bought it new in August 1997.
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    I had read once that its suggested to change the trans fluid every other oil change and that will or should keep clean fluid running through all the time. Im due for another trans drain and fill after this last oil change.

    NOTE: I run my oil down to about 20% before I do the oil change. It seems that is around 9-10K miles. So this way you are replacing 1/3 of the trans fluid every 20K miles, so depending on how you drive, about once a year or year and a half.
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