Dear Scotty, I have a 1995 Honda Civic EX with an automatic transmission. 221,000 miles, shifts fine. I checked the trans fluid today after driving 40 or so miles. The fluid barely is showing on the…

Slechta

Dear Scotty, I have a 1995 Honda Civic EX with an automatic transmission. 221,000 miles, shifts fine. I checked the trans fluid today after driving 40 or so miles. The fluid barely is showing on the bottom of the dipstick, and from what I saw on a paper towel it’s still very red. My fluid didn’t show between the cross hatch marks but do I need to check when the car is running? Should I add fluid or drain and add what’s missing like in your video? I know how to drain the fluid and I have a garage and a Jack I can easily do this. I’m not sure which Honda fluid to use, and if I should drain and fill till the marks show, or if I should just replace what’s missing until it shows on the hatches. Thanks! (Also the previous owner told me that the transmission has been replaced once before, I don’t have any documentation as proof but I can see the trans is NOT stamped with a VIN number. Which leads me to believe it has been replaced sometime.) shifts very well I drive it daily. Should I use the DW1 or the Z1 Fluid? The manual I found says “Honda Premium Formula Automatic Transmission Fluid or an equivalent DEXTRON II ATF.” It says to replace 2.4 imp qt. After drain. I’ve never changed this fluid and I have no idea the history. Drain and add or just add? Does red mean fluid has been changed before?

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Slechta
Slechta

I just found the manual it says to get the car warmed up to operating, go through the gears, go into park and turn it off. Check the fluid hot. It’s very nice red still, smell good.

Jackofall
Jackofall

Check hot in neutral with emergency on. Just add ,may cause more trouble to change out fluid with those miles. Unless it smells burnt then look into changing but last resort. If it red may have been changed .