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IF YOU HAVE THE AF23-5 TRANSAXLE OR THE VT25- E VTI. TRANSAXLE YOU NEED A SCAN TOOL TO MONITORING TRANSMISSION FLUID TEMPERATURE WHILE CHECKING TRANSMISSION FLUID TEMPERATURE.YOUR VECHICLE TRANSAXLE DONT HAVE A DIP STICK TO CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID LEVEL.YOUR TRANSMISSION HAS A DRAIN PLUG LOCATED BOTTOM OF TRANSAXLE BELOW FORWARD OF THE RIGHT PASSENGER SIDE DRIVEAXLE FACING RIGHT SIDE OF VECHICLE.YOUR VECHICLE HAS TO BE RAISED LEVEL ON A LIFT.TO CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID.YOUR TRANSMISSION IS A DEALERSHIP FIX.WAY TRANSMISSION SET UP DEALERSHIP HAS TO CHANGE TRANSMISSION FLUID.
All Honda manual transaxles use the Honda Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) as the original factory fill. This oil is similar to a 10W-30 or 10W-40 viscosity engine oil, and this oil can be substituted temporarily. However, the manufacturer recommends the use of their MTF when changing the fluid.
The transaxle fluid should be changed every 90,000 miles (144,000 km) or 6 years under normal driving conditions. In severe driving conditions the fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every 2 years, whichever occurs first.
Make sure the vehicle is on a level surface. If the vehicle is raised, make sure the vehicle is safely supported and level
NOTE: Do not confuse the drain plug with the fill plug. The fill plug is in the mid section of the transaxle. The drain plug is near the bottom of the transaxle.
The oil level is checked by removing the oil fill plug on the side of the transaxle. The transaxle fluid should just meet the lower threads of the transaxle fill hole.
Remove the oil level check bolt from the side of the transaxle. If oil runs out, or if oil can be felt near the threaded fill hole opening, reinstall and retighten the bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
If the level needs to be topped off, pour oil in slowly until it begins to run out then, install and tighten the filler bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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There should be a dipstick, but some modenr transmissions are sealed and have no dipstick, and have a drain bolt instead. LEVEL CHECK
Inaccurate fluid level readings may result if the fluid is checked immediately after the vehicle has been operated under any or all of the following conditions:
In high ambient temperatures above 90°F (32°C).
At sustained high speeds.
In heavy city traffic during hot weather.
As a towing vehicle.
In commercial service (taxi or police use).
If the vehicle has been operated under these conditions, shut the engine OFF and allow the vehicle to cool for 30 minutes.
NOTE: The transaxle in your vehicle requires special procedures for checking and adding automatic transmission fluid.
Fig. 1: Location of the fluid level screw and the fill/vent cap needed to check the fluid for the 4T40E automatic transaxle
Fig. 2: The transaxle vent is also the transaxle fill cap
Fig. 3: The vent cap is obstructed by the intake duct on the 3.1L engine. You will probably need to the remove the air intake duct
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Place a container under the fluid level screw.
Fig. 4: The fluid level screw (see arrow) is located above the transaxle pan on the passenger side of the vehicle
Remove the fluid level screw.
Ensure the oil level is at the bottom of the level screw.
NOTE: Because the transaxle operates correctly over a range of fluid levels, the fluid may or may not drain out of the screw hole after removing the screw. If the fluid drains through the screw hole the transaxle may have been overfilled. When the fluid stops draining the fluid level is correct, and you may install the level screw. If the fluid does not drain through the screw hole, the transaxle may have been low. Add fluid at the vent cap location in 1 pint ( 1?2 liter) increments until the oil level is at the bottom of the oil level hole. Use a long necked funnel to avoid spillage.
Install the oil level screw and tighten to 124 inch lbs. (14 Nm).
4T40E Automatic Transaxle CAUTION Removal of the fluid level screw when the transaxle fluid is hot may cause injury. Use care to avoid contact of the transaxle fluid to exhaust pipe.
The fluid level screw is intended to be used for diagnosing a transaxle fluid leak or resetting the transaxle fluid level after service that involves a loss of fluid.
The fluid level should be checked when the transaxle is near room temperature or at 104°F (40°C). To acquire this, left the car idle for 3-5 minutes with all of the accessories off.
Fig. 5: Location of the fluid level screw and the fill/vent cap needed to check the fluid for the 4T40E automatic transaxle
Apply the brake, then move the gear shift selector through all gear ranges, pausing three seconds in each range. Shift the lever into P.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Place a suitable drain pan under the check plug to catch any fluid that may drip out.
Remove the oil check plug. The oil level should be at the bottom of the oil check hole. Because the transaxle operates correctly over a range of fluid levels, fluid may or may not drain out of the screw hole when the screw is removed.
If fluid drains through the screw hole, the transaxle may have been overfilled. When fluid stops draining, then fluid level is correct and the check plug may be installed. If fluid does not drain through the screw hole, the transaxle fluid may have been low. Add fluid at the vent cap location in 1 pint increments until the oil level is at the bottom of the oil check hole.
Install the oil check plug/fluid level screw and tighten to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
DONT HAVE ONE WHERE DIP STICK USE TO BE IS A RED VENT FILL CAP THATS WHERE YOU POUR TRANSMISSION FLUID. BUT THE TRANSMISSION WAS MADE FOR DEALERSHIP TO CHECK.THEY HAVE TO RAISE VECHICLE LEVEL AND ON THE TRANSAXLE HOUSING THERE IS A CHECK PLUG ITS LOCATION ITS ABOVE THE OIL PAN DRAIN PLUG.WITH VECHICLE RUNNING UP IN AIR LEVEL ON THE LIFT.THE CHECK PLUG IS REMOVED IF NO FLUID COMES OUT CHECK PLUG HOLE ADD PINT DONT OVERFILL.IF FLUID POUR TOO MUCH FLUID IN TRANSMISSION IF SLOW DRIP FLUID LEVEL CORRECT.
on these models, it is not necessary to check the fluid at regular intervals. if leaks or shifting problems lead you to suspect a low fluid level, its a sealed system. heres how to check tranny fluid. with vehicle raised and supported. start the engine , then move gear selector through all gears and back to park. with engine running and the transaxle at normal operating tempurature( having idled for 3 to 5 minutes), locate check plug on transaxle. the plug is located by the pan, across from oil drain plug. remove plug, the level should be at bottom of check hole. if fluid pours out a lot, then it is over full. also make sure car is level before starting. the fill cap is on top of transaxle, use a long neck funnel to fill if needed. the cap is usually red.<!-- from fixya rte -->
The 'fill' plug should be on the transaxle housing behind the front passenger-side wheel and requires a 17mm socket. the 'drain' plug should be on or near the bottom in about the same area and requires a 24mm socket. To check the fluid remove the 'fill' plug (some fluid may spill out so be prepared) and ensure that the fluid level is up to the bottom of the 'fill' plug hole. (easiest way is with your finger, if it gets fluid on it when inserted, you're OK). Your service manual recommends changing this fluid every 15,000 miles according to my sources. Make sure you don't lose any washers and that the plugs are clean when put back. Your transaxle takes 4.6 pints of GL-4 (75w85 or 75w90) - don't use GL-5 as it can contain additives which can corrode your bearings, and tighten both fill & drain plugs to 22-25 lb.ft. (roughly snug then 1/8 turn) being careful not to over tighten which can damage the threads easily. Also, 'all-wheel-drives' have a transfer case which requires the same service. The fill & drain plugs are roughly near the center, behind the exhaust manifold. Follow the same procedures and use the same fluid.
Once you've drained the transaxle by removing drain plug, re-install drain plug and torque to mfg. specs. To fill transaxle, you need a 5/8" square drive attached to a 9" extension, breaker bar or ratchet. Raise vehicle on hoist, or jack up and secure with jackstands. The fill plug is located above and slightly to the right of the location where the passenger side c.v. halfshaft enters the transaxle. Remove fill plug. Using a fluid exchange tool available at your local parts store, fill with automatic transmission/transaxle fluid available only from a Suzuki dealership, (part# ESSO LT 71141) until fluid starts to run out of fill hole, then replace fill plug, and torque to manufacturer specifications. I'm a former Suzuki technician. I hope this was helpful.