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#1761 of 2261 Transmission and break fluid type question
Jul 01, 2009 (12:11 pm)
I have a 1999 Accord, LX, 4 cyl. The odometer reads 132,xxx miles now. At 120,000, I took the car to Precision Tune for a major service, during which they changed the transmission fluid and break fluid.
I happened to read the manual yesterday and notice that it says always use genuie honda fluids for both. "You may temporarily put in alternatives like Dexron III ATF, and Dot 3 break fluids, but should bring the car to the dealer and changed to OEM fluid as soon as you can".
Given the fact that my car has been running normal for the last 12K miles, I am wondering whether this is just to release honda from liability. Basically, should I go to the dealer and have both changed to Honda fluids now, or I can wait until 150,000 miles service.
Thanks in advance for your input.
#1762 of 2261 Re: Transmission and break fluid type question [330blast]
Jul 01, 2009 (3:10 pm)
As far as the transmission fluid is concerned, I've read MANY posts from troubled Honda owners who were upset that the transmission died after using other transmission fluids. I'd go ASAP simply based on the number of posts about the issue in the maintenance boards.
#1763 of 2261 Re: Transmission and break fluid type question [330blast]
Jul 01, 2009 (5:49 pm)
There are people who say they've had success using other brands of fluids in their Hondas. I don't doubt most of them do. I have always used Honda fluids, and maintenance items. The only thing that goes in or on my Accord that does not have a Honda part # is oil, (but then Honda branded oil isn't made by Honda either, it's Mobil). The few times I tried aftermarket parts on a Honda, the results were not good. The dealership's regular prices are high, but there are ways around that.
#1764 of 2261 Re: '99 Accord A/C control panel [psalministry1]
Jul 01, 2009 (7:50 pm)
I had somwhat similar problem where the climate control went dead one day, no button will lit, neither will the AC work.
Since in your case sometime it works, it might be a bad fuse. Check the driver side fuse box, and see if the fuse for the panel is ok. try replacing it the same power from some other slots to see whether it fixes the panel. If you can't find another fuse of the same power from the driver side, try getting the passenger side fuse box, and get similar fuse.
Other option would be bad climate control (my case), read on the net that the climate control panel is gone, went to the local junkyard, bought the 99 climate control panel, and installed it myself. everything on the climate control started to work.
#1765 of 2261 climate control fresh/hot air works sometime
Jul 01, 2009 (7:59 pm)
This issue started when I had my climate control went burst, after I replaced the climate control panel from the local junkyard, things started to work on the climate control (button lights, AC etc), but heating works sometime eventhough I moved the know all the way to the hot side (this started back in winter 08).
Now I am seeing that even the contol knob is on fresh air position, I am getting warm air, so it seems that whatever controling the fresh/hot air flow, is messed up.
If I press AC, then I start getting cold air, but with AC off, I get fresh air sometime.
I am getting the Air blows fine on all speeds eventhough I noticed the air pressure is little off.
#1766 of 2261 Re: Transmission and break fluid type question [330blast]
Jul 02, 2009 (3:06 am)
For automatic transmission and power steering, I would use Honda OEM fluids.
For manual transmission, brake fluid, and coolant I would use non Honda name brands.
#1767 of 2261 Re: Accord SE 2000 - Fix or ditch (transmission) [alicebettyanna]
Jul 02, 2009 (6:33 am)
WOW.....I had no idea a transmission could be so expensive, especially a used one. I now understand your dilemma. That would be a difficult one for me because I love the shape of the new Accords. The interior of my 9-year old Accord looks so ancient compared to the newer Accords. But, I love not having a car note especially since I am retired and living on a fixed income.
#1768 of 2261 Re: Accord SE 2000 - Fix or ditch (transmission) [snuke]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 02, 2009 (7:18 am)
Transmissions are now electronically controlled and pretty complicated. They are starting to rival engines themselves in terms of replacement cost.
#1769 of 2261 Re: Accord SE 2000 - Fix or ditch (transmission) [alicebettyanna]
Jul 03, 2009 (8:22 am)
The reason I asked re the Transmission fluid, is that sometimes a drain and refill with Honda ATF will stop any slipping that is experienced.
#1770 of 2261 Re: Accord SE 2000 - Fix or ditch (transmission) [alicebettyanna]
Jul 03, 2009 (11:54 am)
Strange turn of events: Got a quote on a used, no warranty trans, and one from Honda, rebuilt, 3 year warranty. Honda offered a good will of 25% of the bill, we would cough up $2,500. However, for whatever reason, the car seems to have fixed itself and the trans is fine! A mechanic (who quoted us the used) AND the Honda dealer (who replace w/the rebuilt) can no longer find any fault. I'm not complaining, but I am puzzled. We had the transmission changed, they said it was dark, but not overly so.
Hmm, is this a warning? Anyway, for now we continue to drive.
We looked at new Honda CRV, Honda, and Nissan Altima just in case,
So, if your trans goes, don't hesitate to contact Honda and ask for good will