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I just got a '97 automatic 'Lude (spare me the drama, i know what everyone says about them), and i want to change the transmission fluid ASAP, but i have questions.


When i was car hunting, i was looking at a '99 Accord, and while doing research i found that the consensus on their forum was to only use Honda's ATF because of how fragile Honda transmissions are.

However, i recently found this article (link below), claiming that it's better to transition to a synthetic transmission fluid, as well as doing a drain-and-fill for both the tranny, AND torque converter (does the '97 base even have a torque converter?). It also suggests power-flushing the cooler lines.

Our Top Tip to Extend the Life of the M6HA Transmission in Your Honda Accord

Can anyone back up this information? I know my tranny is doomed, but i really want to try to make it last as long as i possibly can.
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Re: Auto Transmission Fluid questions. Can anyone verify this article i found?

Yeah, the auto has a much deserved bad rep.

How many miles on it?
There were some made that hold up ok. Many are still running problem free.

Treat it good, keep the fluid changed and avoid cross country trips and you may have a lot of good times with it. Parts overheat on long trips and the internal filter makes keeping the flow less than ideal over time. An add on line cooler has been known to help.
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Yeah, the auto has a much deserved bad rep.

How many miles on it?
There were some made that hold up ok. Many are still running problem free.

Treat it good, keep the fluid changed and avoid cross country trips and you may have a lot of good times with it. Parts overheat on long trips and the internal filter makes keeping the flow less than ideal over time. An add on line cooler has been known to help.
Yea, i'm definitely going to get an external transmission cooler. I mostly don't know whether to switch to a synthetic fluid, or keep the natural one.

It has 143k on it, and the 2nd owner (i'm the third) got it with 90k in 2004, and only averaged 5000 miles per year on it.
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Re: Auto Transmission Fluid questions. Can anyone verify this article i found?

I've read there is a certain size cooler you use. As in not the big kind, but a mid sized if memory serves.

Google 'failing accord transmisions' and I believe odessey or elements, I forget. You'll find tips and tricks others use to ensure their auto trannies hold up.

The new type of ATF by Honda is likely your best best. Research that vs the old kind. You'll see it's good stuff. I mean it won't hurt to use a synthetic. But there's nothing wrong with using Honda ATF either.
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