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Old 06-14-2002, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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About checking tranny fluid for a 5spd.

Ok, i just got my car and i dont know where to look,and i dont have a civic hand book.
Where the hell do i check it at??
The i looked in all the normal plces but thre is no stick there??
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Old 06-14-2002, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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there's no stick for clutch fluid. Its a small res near the power steering fluid....I maybe wrong.....but I don't feel like going in the rain and looking
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Old 06-14-2002, 08:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Zex your talking about the cluth fluid, hes askin about tranny......In Mt transmissions its not a stick its a bolt u loosen and inside dip your finger to see the level of the fluid.

If u just got the car be good to yourself and just change it.
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Old 06-15-2002, 01:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Re: About checking tranny fluid for a 5spd.

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Ok, i just got my car and i dont know where to look,and i dont have a civic hand book.
Where the hell do i check it at??
The i looked in all the normal plces but thre is no stick there??
Here, look at this pic...
You check it by pulling the plug out of the 'fill hole' and sticking your finger in there. It should look like you've been dating Oprah...
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Old 06-15-2002, 08:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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how do u know if it is good or not? i did a swap and its hard to get into 3rd and rev. could it be my tranny fluid.. because the guy who had the engine before me never had this problem
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Old 06-15-2002, 11:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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According to the handbook just fill it up to the top after you have drained out the old. An extension on the end of a spout will make it a lot easier.
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Re: Re: About checking tranny fluid for a 5spd.

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Here, look at this pic...
You check it by pulling the plug out of the 'fill hole' and sticking your finger in there. It should look like you've been dating Oprah...
So basially what??
Just unscrew the fill plug screw and dip my finger inside??
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Old 06-15-2002, 06:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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So basially what??
Just unscrew the plug and dip my finger inside??
Yep, just like dating Oprah!

Actually, if it's truely full, you should see a little oil drooling out of the hole when you pull the plug. If it isn't, stick your 'little pinkie' in her and use it like a dipstick. Not very high-tech, I know, but that's the way it is...
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I think i am lost becuase my tranny doesnt even look like that on the passenger side.I guess an lx is different.
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Old 06-15-2002, 06:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
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I think i am lost becuase my tranny doesnt even look like that on the passenger side.I guess an lx is different.
Hmm... sorry if I'm being too rudimentary, but you do realize that you need to get under the car to check the tranny oil, right??? You can't do it from above. The black and orange thingie is the axle if that helps you find it...
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Ok now i understand,that makes more sence now.
So that pic was taken from underneath the car?
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Ok now i understand,that makes more sence now.
So that pic was taken from underneath the car?
Yep, and the 'fill plug' is toward the firewall.
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if its not full, what oil do you recommend BDC?
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if its not full, what oil do you recommend BDC?
If you don't know what's in there, drain it and put in new fluid. I change my gear oil every 15000 miles.

The only oil to use, IMHO, is Red Line synthetic oil. I use Red Line MTL in the winter and Red Line MT-90 in the summer. It's a about $8.00/qt and a CiViC takes 2-quarts. Here's a pic:
You can also use Honda OEM tranny fluid, but I don't recommend it 'cause it's just regular old dinosaur juice. If you're in a pinch you can actually use any API GL-4 gear oil. Whatever you do, don't use API GL-5 gear oil or motor oil; they'll ruin your tranny.

Red Line is the best...
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Everything I've read recommends just using regular 10W-30 motor oil. Why will the motor oil ruin your transmission? Does it gunk it up or something? Thanks for the info.
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