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'99 Honda Accord

Q: I have a '99 Honda Accord LX with 94K, which I bought 2 months ago. I don't know if the transmission fluid was changed or not. Should I change it and how often should I change the transmission fluid?

Mario

A: Honda would like you to service/replace the transmission fluid in your Accord every 30K. Because the vehicle is new to you and the service history is unknown, I would suggest starting a new service/maintenance base line. Items such as a transmission flush, oil & filter and cooling system service are affordable maintenance in comparison to the damage that the lack of proper maintenance can cost. Then you have the relief of clearing your mind of those maintenance doubts. When having your transmission flushed, be sure to use transmission oil that meets Honda's requirements or is g enuine Honda Premium Formula Automatic Transmission Fluid. A Dexron III ATF can be used but is suggested as being a temporary replacement. Using the wrong transmission oil can affect shift quality. With all that worry off your mind I'm going to put something else in it for you to think about. At 105k miles Honda would like to see you replace the timing belt. Don't let this service drop off your radar. There is no room for a mistimed engine valve or valves to clear a piston in these engines. A timing belt failure could be a monetarily challenging event. You have a great car, and with the right care, provide many good miles of service.

 
     
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