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post #1 of 17 Old 03-19-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Where does new transmission fluid go?

I've read through lots of threads about automatic transmissions looking for a clear explanation on how to refill the ATF fluid on a V-6 2002 Accord but I can't find anything.

I know I need to use a 3/8 ratchet to remove the drain plug under the car but where do I refill the ATF? It seems as of V6's shouldn't be refilled via the dipstick hole.

A picture of where the refill location is would be

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usually on all the accords you fill it up right through the dipstick hole. I've never heard of any other way. So have fun.


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theres a bolt labeled ATF behind the dipstick on the other side of the air intake tube. the 4 banger you fill through the dipstick hole.
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I've read through lots of threads about automatic transmissions looking for a clear explanation on how to refill the ATF fluid on a V-6 2002 Accord but I can't find anything.

I know I need to use a 3/8 ratchet to remove the drain plug under the car but where do I refill the ATF? It seems as of V6's shouldn't be refilled via the dipstick hole.

A picture of where the refill location is would be
On V6 4AT, the filler bolt is at top-rear of tranny, with "ATF" stamped on it. Required tools: Long breaker bar, long extension, 17MM socket, long tube funnel. Gearbox refill capacity: About ~2.7-3.0 Liters.
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ok I don't know why I thought I had to refill it from underneath the car near the drain bolt. That makes more sense, I'll look for that ATF fill bolt in the engine bay tonight
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ok I don't know why I thought I had to refill it from underneath the car near the drain bolt. That makes more sense, I'll look for that ATF fill bolt in the engine bay tonight
That's only for manual. For autos you can either fill thru the bolt or the dipstick. Here a pix i found in my photobucket. It's on the right side under the intake.

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Perfect! Thanks dorkiedoode
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I'm bringing this thread back to life.

I'm about to do mine tomorrow, how the EFF do you get it open, I tried to use a ratchet. Lets just say my arm would have broke off before the bolt came undone.
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I'm about to do mine tomorrow, how the EFF do you get it open, I tried to use a ratchet. Lets just say my arm would have broke off before the bolt came undone.
Did you also have an extension? You'll need about a 16" extension, definitely something longer than a 12". If you have that, then you'll need a breaker bar or a piece of pipe to put on the ratchet handle to give you leverage to get it off. Hope you have Craftsman tools because there is a good chance you will break a socket; I did.

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Did you also have an extension? You'll need about a 16" extension, definitely something longer than a 12". If you have that, then you'll need a breaker bar or a piece of pipe to put on the ratchet handle to give you leverage to get it off. Hope you have Craftsman tools because there is a good chance you will break a socket; I did.
You think I could just get someone at like a oil lube or brakes place to use air tools to take it off for me?
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or just fill it up through the dipstick hole, its probably going to be way easier to do.

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You think I could just get someone at like a oil lube or brakes place to use air tools to take it off for me?
I would try it. If it costs you $5 - $10 then it is no big deal. The dipstick hole is smaller on the V6's and is damn near impossible to get any type of funnel in their. You would be there all day if you tried it that way.

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You think I could just get someone at like a oil lube or brakes place to use air tools to take it off for me?
For the price you'll pay I'd just go buy a good breaker bar. If you work on cars you'll need one anyway.

Do you think you have the factory fill in your car? I'm asking b/c the trans plug on my 2.3L was a b*tch to get off the first time. I had to use a long breaker bar, lots of cursing and had to wedge legs and arms against tires and anything I could hit before I got mine loose.

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For the price you'll pay I'd just go buy a good breaker bar. If you work on cars you'll need one anyway.

Do you think you have the factory fill in your car? I'm asking b/c the trans plug on my 2.3L was a b*tch to get off the first time. I had to use a long breaker bar, lots of cursing and had to wedge legs and arms against tires and anything I could hit before I got mine loose.
You mean do I think this is the first time its been undone?

Heck no my car has 200k+ the tranny would be toast lol
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And really, there is absolutely no reason Honda should put the filler bolt on that freaking tight! I don't care what the specs are of what it should be. There is no reason to tighten the thing with a boat oar as the breaker bar.


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