What Type of Honda Transmission Fluid Do I Need? - Bernardi Parts Honda
AcuraAudiHonda
Now Offering FREE Shipping
Now Offering FREE Shipping on Orders Over $75
Now Offering FREE Shipping on Orders Over $75

What Type of Honda Transmission Fluid Do I Need?

We’re all used to the rhythm of oil changes as part of regular vehicle maintenance. Every 3,000-6,000 miles (or when the light comes on, if you’re anything like us), we do our duty (or not) and rest easy knowing we’ve done our part to keep our car in good working order whether we wind up at the dealer with OEM oil or the local quick- lube joint with whatever’s on sale.

When it comes to transmission fluid and other non-engine oil fluids, however, things can be quite different. For one, the cadence is far slower—rather than every 3,000-6,000 miles, Honda suggests draining your transmission fluid only at 100,000 miles, while many independent service departments may suggest a you flush the fluid at anywhere from 24,000-50,000 miles.

Transmission Flush? Do I really have to?

While Honda recommends not flushing your automatic transmission fluid, given the risk that the pressure from the flush pump might damage the solenoids, they do recommend that you use genuine Honda OEM automatic transmission fluid.

Do I Need to Use Honda Transmission Fluid?

The simple answer: Yes.

It’s all about corrosion. Given the high level of materials engineering that goes into modern cars, where specific and proprietary alloys are used in specific parts and systems, car manufacturers tailor their fluids to minimize the corrosion of those specific materials. That attention to detail is part of what allows modern cars to be lighter and more fuel efficient while delivering an all- around better driving experience—the trade-off being a need to rely on OEM fluids.

Really, is the opportunity to save a few dollars on transmission fluid every 50,000 miles worth the risk of thousands in repair bills?

Honda Oil Chart

How Do I Know When to Change My Honda Transmission Fluid?

Many newer car models include long-term maintenance plans with the dealership as part of the purchase price. There is still value, however, in knowing not just the maintenance schedule but also any warning signs of an unexpected problem—and that’s doubly true when it comes to your automatic transmission.

In some ways, the best approach you can take is, “Better safe than sorry.” Accordingly, you would ask your service technician or mechanic to check your transmission fluid at each oil change. What might they be looking for?

Transmission fluid is generally transparent and red, although there certainly are exceptions. Here is the list of warning signs that you and your service technician might look for:

  • Fluid is darker and less transparent than new OEM automatic transmission fluid
  • Transmission fluid is leaking from the vehicle
  • There’s dirt or debris in the transmission fluid
  • Your vehicle:
    • Shifts slowly
    • Idles loudly
    • Jumps or jerks when shifting
    • Makes a grinding noise when shifting

That last one seems like a pretty clear and obvious red flag…

We’ve all gotten the hard sell for the full transmission flush from the local lube shop. Just because they’re aggressive in suggesting it doesn’t mean it’s unnecessary.

Automatic transmissions generate heat. A lot of heat, actually. In fact, they generate more heat than a manual transmission.

That heat means the gears in your transmission are under stress. That stress leads your automatic transmission fluid to break down, making it a less effective lubricant.

Have a question before you buy OEM Honda automatic transmission fluid? Click here to message a Bernardi Parts Honda expert!

Please Wait... processing