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Is there a transmission filter for the 2013 CR-V? Just had my transmission drained/filled and also asked for the filter to be replaced. The mechanic said there wasn't one that can be replaced, but that's it's sealed in the transmission. The guy said he called their auto parts dealer and was told one doesn't exist. But I watched a video of a guy online replacing the filter in a 2013 CR-V, so what gives? It looks like it's an enormous pain to get to, but it seems there is one.

If there is one that can be replaced, can I do this myself after the fluid has all been replaced? Since you don't have to drop the pan or anything, it seems like I should be able to.
 

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So this mechanic is incompetent...great.

Also tried to upsell me on an Amsoil transmission flush.
 

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Look underneath your front bumper. Should be a rectangular hole in the first panel, about midway. You'll see the filter there.
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The hose you see is going from the filter back to the transmission. Filter is just to the right side.
 

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Dang, I hate trying new mechanics. This one was supposed to one of the best in the area. I even called him back and said I'd seen online that there was a filter and watched videos of people replacing them. He said I can't trust what I see online.
 

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Dang, I hate trying new mechanics. This one was supposed to one of the best in the area. I even called him back and said I'd seen online that there was a filter and watched videos of people replacing them. He said I can't trust what I see online.
But, I thought "It must be true if it's on the Internet"
:ROFLMAO:

Even the best mechanic may not be familiar with the nuances of EVERY make or model that enters his shop. That is why we always advise to patronize an independent specialist for the brand you own.

It IS disappointing that your guy wasn't willing to learn.

Anyway, he should have been using Honda ATF in your transmission, not some other brand. Take your car elsewhere. o_O
 
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But, I thought "It must be true if it's on the Internet"
:ROFLMAO:

Even the best mechanic may not be familiar with the nuances of EVERY make or model that enters his shop. That is why we always advise to patronize an independent specialist for the brand you own.

It IS disappointing that your guy wasn't willing to learn.

Anyway, he should have been using Honda ATF in your transmission, not some other brand. Take your car elsewhere. o_O
Yeah, I just kind of figured any competent mechanic could handle a basic service like this.
 

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go back to your machanic and point out the filter.
 

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A know-it-all mechanic, the worst kind. Unwilling to learn.

As carbuff2 said, you need Honda fluid in there. If he put in Brand X, now you do have to get it flushed with Honda fluid. Draining it out only gets a portion of the incorrect fluid out.

Try to find a good dealer. They're sometimes a little more expensive but they know the vehicle so you can get it done right the first time.
 

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A know-it-all mechanic, the worst kind. Unwilling to learn.

As carbuff2 said, you need Honda fluid in there. If he put in Brand X, now you do have to get it flushed with Honda fluid. Draining it out only gets a portion of the incorrect fluid out.

Try to find a good dealer. They're sometimes a little more expensive but they know the vehicle so you can get it done right the first time.
Problem is, I think my local Honda dealer sucks. I would typically go to the dealer when I just want something done right the very first time.

Took it in once for an issue with buzzing from the steering column when I would try turning the car on. They said it was a parasitic battery drain and charged me $300 to go through fuse by fuse to find the issue. Can't remember what the diagnosis and repair was, but it didn't fix it. Took it back in and they were like "well, your starter is bad too." Chalk up another several hundred dollar repair.

Took it in another time for a rattle sound from the engine and they diagnosed it as one thing and did that repair, but the rattle didn't go away. Don't remember what they said it was, but it was a couple hundred dollar repair. Took it back in and they were like "oh, well, such and such WAS bad and was rattling, but so is your AC compressor so we need to replace that whole unit." It was more than a $1,000 repair...and I'd just had my whole AC unit replaced a couple years back. Took it up to my dad's excellent mechanic a few hours away over a long weekend. He pulled out a stethoscope...yeah, a stethoscope...and went over the engine with a fine tooth comb. Diagnosed it as the water pump. Fraction of the cost. Fixed it perfectly.

The kicker is that I told this mechanic that Honda diagnosed it as the compressor (never mentioning that I'd had the AC components replaced a couple years back). When he called back with his diagnosis he said "No, the compressor is fine. It's the original compressor to the car and is working fine." So I'm thinking "original compressor?? it was supposed to have been replaced!"

I haven't gone back there since. I just can't trust that they're going to get the repair right. This is Honda in Waldorf, MD if anyone is curious.
 

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As you are in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, sounds like either your mechanic or the service writer is in need of a boat update.

If they are doing this to you & you caught them, just imagine what they are getting away with from everyone else.
 

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Changing it, I never done one or had to. taking three things off I say 5 minutes worth of work.

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Watching the vid I do some things different Talk, say what I am doing. I take one hose off keep facing up or higher then the flow, and put the filter on, 2nd hose same.
 

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Remember these filters are not on the maintenance schedule that was one reason why it was not done, also just ease your mind there are no transmission strangers or were there
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When I took my wife's 2012 in for a transmission service at my new service center, the tech told me there was also a filter that they change too -- included with the service price. Although, the factory service manual doesn't require it, most places do it.
 

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Problem is, I think my local Honda dealer sucks.
That sucks. I know many dealers are that way, that's why I said "try" to find a good one. I am lucky to have a good one half an hour from me. But also I'm on my fourth CR-V largely because I've never had any strange issues that need to be diagnosed, just wear and tear items, so that makes it easy. Hopefully you have better luck with the new CR-V.
 

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Remember these filters are not on the maintenance schedule that was one reason why it was not done, also just ease your mind there are no transmission strangers or were there
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Good to know. I knew it wasn't like replacing the oil filter but wasn't aware it wasn't called for at all. After watching a video of someone changing one on a 2012, I guess I can see why they put it where they did. Major pain to get to. I guess I was more put off by the fact that the mechanic told me there was no filter for the CR-V. There obviously is. Just didn't give me a lot of confidence.
 

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I guess I was more put off by the fact that the mechanic told me there was no filter for the CR-V.
In all honesty, he was correct about the (lack of) need to service the INTERNAL transmission filter.
 
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