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When should I flush the automatic transmission in my Honda or Acura vehicle?

Included with the “A” and “B” services indicated by the Maintenance Minder which is sometimes referred to by seasoned professional Honda Vehicle and Acura Vehicle technicians as a Minor service Westlake Independent performs transmission fluid inspections using samples from the vehicle being serviced and comparing them to new transmission fluid samples (see link). If the transmission fluid is brown or has a burned smell about it we recommend that the transmission be flushed because an automatic transmission holds fluid in the torque converter, valve body and other inner workings of the transmission that cannot be drained simply by removing the drain plug and waiting for the fluid to drain. Flushing a Honda or Acura transmission should only be performed using the methods prescribed by Honda and Acura in the appropriate service manual per American Honda Service News article number A000801 (Click Here: A000801 SERVICE NEWS ARTICLE.pdf ) and by using this method of repeating a drain, fill, run process a number of times the old fluid can be replaced in the transmission and when inspected the sample will be new Genuine Honda transmission fluid. Just say no to automatic transmission flush machines.

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When should I change the transmission fluid in my Honda or Acura vehicle?

Your Honda Vechile or Acura Vehicle is probably equipped with a Maintenance Minder that referrers to the schedule below and the number 3 indicates the transmission fluid change is needed usually accompanied by the letter A or B for example “B1,3.

Maintenance Minder Messages, Main Items, and Sub Items

The Maintenance Minder however is sometimes inaccurate because it doesn’t reset the indicator unless a service is first indicated by the Maintenance Minder and then is reset by the technician for example if during an inspection we found that the transmission fluid was dirty, discolored, or smelled burnt we would recommend that the fluid be changed to prevent rapid wear or other damage to the transmission and if the #3 was not yet indicated by the Maintenance Minder or had been reset without performing the service then the Maintenance Minder is inaccurate.

What kind of transmission fluid should be used when changing the transmission fluid in my Honda or Acura vehicle?

The owner’s manual tells us to only use genuine Honda or Acura transmission fluid and we use genuine Honda or Acura transmission fluid in most applications. There is another type of fluid that we sometimes recommend produced by BG products the BG ATF is a synthetic automatic transmission fluid with some properties that can cause your vehicle to shift more smoothly and is the only automatic transmission fluid other than genuine Honda or Acura fluid that we ever recommend.

More and More Honda and Acura Vehicles are equipped with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and CVT requires a different type of fluid made especially for the CVT. For this transmission we only use genuine Honda or Acura CVT fluid.

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How much does it cost to service my Honda?

You’re Honda / Acura vehicle is equipped with a Maintenance Minder that follows a set schedule described in your owner’s manual. (see below)

Maintenance Minder Messages, Main Items, and Sub Items

However this schedule like most maintenance schedules is “cookie cutter” and only applies to vehicles that are driven in a very specific environment and would have to be driven by the same person possibly on a test track for the maintenance schedule prescribed to fully apply to every Honda and Acura vehicle. The variation in the schedule comes from the inspection portion of the maintenance for example when your maintenance minder tells you that your vehicle needs a “B1,2 service” the maintenance minder is indicating among other things that the cabin air filter and engine air filters need to be replaced but the truth is you may have performed these services recently or maybe you just haven’t driven in an environment that has caused these filters to need replacement yet. Or the reverse your Honda or Acura vehicle’s maintenance minder is only indicating an A1 service be performed and during our inspection we find that your cabin air filter and engine air filters are very dirty and need replacement even though the maintenance minder hasn’t indicated that a “B1,2” service is needed.

It is very important that the inspection be performed by someone who is trust worthy because the results of the inspection can lead to other maintenance items and repairs needing to be performed at considerable expense. The inspection portion of the maintenance should include fluid samples, (including engine oil, transmission fluid power steering fluid, brake fluid, front and rear differential fluids and radiator coolant/antifreeze) tire tread depth and evenness of wear, brake pad thickness, brake rotor thickness among many other things (see our full inspection sample click here: ).

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Westlake Independent’s Digital Inspection Report

Here at Westlake Independent we want to offer our customers the most when it comes to maintaining or repairing your Honda, Acura, or Subaru. That’s why we are now able to send a digital inspection sheet that outlines the condition of your car, truck or SUV, from bumper to bumper including measurements and photographs.


We want to make sure that your vehicle remains in the best condition possible. From the sample sheet below you can see that we report on everything from your tire tread to your fluid levels and the condition of them. This gives you the most accurate information about your vehicle, allowing you to make the best decisions for you and your vehicle.

After you receive your report we will review it together. The “Needs Immediate Attention” section can appear daunting however when addressed it can save you time and money instead of leaving you stranded with a car that won’t start or one that is unsafe to drive.

We care a lot about our customers and their vehicles and we have found this report to be the most comprehensive way to communicate a vehicle’s condition to our customers.

So if you have any questions about how to best maintain or repair your vehicle, feel free to give us a call, drive on into our shop or conveniently schedule an appointment online at for a day and time that works best for you!

Thank you,

Your Westlake Independent, Inc. Team

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The Honda CRV a/c system is unfortunately prone to catastrophic failure sometimes referred to in the industry as “Black Death”. When this occurs it is important to repair the system properly and thoroughly, replacing the entire cooling portion of the a/c system including the Compressor, Compressor clutch, Compressor coil, Condenser, Desiccant Dryer, Evaporator, Expansion Valve, all Hoses, Freon, Oil and completely flush the ridged lines. You should not rush through this repair as the cleanliness of the pressurized portion of the a/c system as well as the quality of parts, proper oil level and Freon charge will determine the longevity of the repair.

At Westlake Independent we specialize exclusively in the repair and maintenance / service of Honda and Acura vehicles and we always follow our mantra of UNCOROMISING QUALITY in all that we do. If you let the “flat rate (commission mechanic) at the dealer or another shop that that doesn’t really understand the problem perform this repair your car will be domed to the same problem again and again. At Westlake Independent we usually like to use the original factory parts but in this case we have found high quality after market parts that are not prone to the same failure and as a bonus cost allot less. WE CAN SAVE YOU BIG ON HONDA CRV A/C REPAIRS also applies with Honda Odyssey.

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