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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 02:53 PM
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A couple of things to consider:
More than 10 years ago Honda adopted the 3x3 fluid change which basically was designed to dump three quarts, fill, run the trans through the gears, dump, fill repeat two more times.
How did you dump only three quarts?

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How did you dump only three quarts?
That's what comes out. The torque converter remains full and there is still some fluid in the transmission which is why Honda specs the 3x3 without power flush.

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w1000i, Yes this is a partial fluid change. I performed that exact procedure from the serviced manual. I only got 3.4 quarts out but the transmission holds more in the torque converter and inside the valve body. Nobody recommends a flush anymore, but fairly regular partial drain/fill procedures done will keep the fluid contamination low and the fluid life and additives up.

In all seriousness though the fluid I drained out looked like dark tea, smelled not so fresh, and afterwards the transmission is far smoother on downshifts and when cold shifting in the morning than before. I will continue to make this part of my 30K ritual, it's very easy and worth it.

Considering this, it makes me wonder if I should do other things early. 60K coolant? 60K Plugs?
thanks for your replay, one more question > did you change the oil while the car is hot or you wait and how much you wait ?
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For those who have done this ATF drain/refill (not quite a change):

Did you have the car level on four jackstands or just the front on ramps (as I do for the oil change)? It will probably be obvious which would be better when I find the location of the drain plug, but I thought I'd ask before doing the work.

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I would recommend anyone attempting to do this also change the tranny filter at least every 60k intervals. There's a giant magnet sitting inside of the trans oil pan that collects metal particles that should be cleaned also. The most tedious part was cleaning/removing the old silicone. It would be helpful to have 1k grit sandpaper, atv gasket maker, and silicone remover.


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For those who have done this ATF drain/refill (not quite a change):

Did you have the car level on four jackstands or just the front on ramps (as I do for the oil change)? It will probably be obvious which would be better when I find the location of the drain plug, but I thought I'd ask before doing the work.


You will have to remove the whole plastic dust cover underneath the car to access the drain bolt. Probably Better to have the car leveled on all four. I kind of took a shorter route and had driver side supported on jack stand enough for me to work underneath the car. However once I began to drain the oil I ended up lowering the driver side to keep the car leveled.


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I would recommend anyone attempting to do this also change the tranny filter at least every 60k intervals. There's a giant magnet sitting inside of the trans oil pan that collects metal particles that should be cleaned also. The most tedious part was cleaning/removing the old silicone. It would be helpful to have 1k grit sandpaper, atv gasket maker, and silicone remover.


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Do have pictures or know of a video showing how to do that on a newer model Mazda6 please?

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Will refer back to this in a few months - good info, thanks!
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