Transmission fill plug.....
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    Cool Transmission fill plug.....

    I have been trying to remove the fill plug on the transmission in the '06 and have had to try several things before I could get it out. The problem is that one cannot get a straight shot at it due to the master cylinder being right over the top of it. I tried a 12-point socket and a universal joint, but could not keep the socket on the hex and was in danger of rounding it off. Next, I bought a crow-foot wrench, which gave me sufficient offset that the extensions were vertical, but that, too, was rounding the hex. I finally bought a six-point (I'm not that slow a learner, I just did not have one in my poorly stocked tool kit) and used an old 1/2" drive flex handle, which happens to have a female 1/2" drive on the handle end. That was perfect, since it was just the right length and had the usual flex joint (maybe that is why it is called a "flex handle" by most and a "breaker or break-over bar by others ). I happen to have two such flex handles, so I hooked the second one to my newly discovered extension and broke it loose. I did not have anything to use as a "cheater" extension, so it was really hard to break it loose. It will never be that tight again!

    Jerry O.
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    2006 Ocean Mist Metallic EX gone to live with daughter and family in Illinois

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    Honda continues to torque the ATF filler bolt like it was a spring hanger on a big rig!! There's no need. Glad you got it out Jerry. Rounding the head is the big danger, just ahead of skinned knuckles.

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    Original transmission at 117,000 miles/189,000 km, Amsoil ATF since 79,000 miles/127,000 km, Honda aux ATF cooler, Magnefine aux ATF filter, 16 ATF drain & fills

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    dipstick - no tools needed to remove.

    A .99 baster from wall-to-wall mart and you can fill in just a few minutes.

    I'm too much of a wimp to tackle that fill plug (and I save on the washer).
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    Trans Fill Plug

    Jerry, why do you need to remove the fill plug now on your 06?
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    Re: Trans Fill Plug

    Originally posted by abhair
    Jerry, why do you need to remove the fill plug now on your 06?
    'Cause it is there, A.B. I knew it would be tough and did not want to wait until the day I was doing my maintenance to find that I did not have the horsepower to do the job. I plan to do a drain and fill at every other oil change as I did on our '01, so I will have that plug out many times. As for the washer issue, I never change that one since there is not chance of a leak. Yes, one certainly can do the job with a baster in the dipstick tube, but, since Honda installed a plug, I will use it.

    Jerry O.
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    2006 Ocean Mist Metallic EX gone to live with daughter and family in Illinois

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    Trans Drain Plug

    OK!!, (and I thought I was persnickity)
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    Must have the same gorilla working the assembly line as they did in 2002. That was one ugly bolt to break loose.
    2012 EX (hers) 03 LX (reserve force)
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    Gone:Caddy CTS (neutered, aka auto trans), Jetta 1.8T (stick!),95 & 02 Saturn SL (stick!)

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    Yeah, I'll bet the fella looks like our governator used to look.

    Jerry O.
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    2006 Ocean Mist Metallic EX gone to live with daughter and family in Illinois

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    OK, I have to add a note. I read all the above parts to this thread, and went out to loosen the fill plug on my '06 Ody. My plan is -- not to do 3X fills every 30K, but to do 1X fills every 10K. Pretty easy, but filling through the dipstick is pretty slow. So, on my '06 Ody EX-L, yes it takes a 17mm socket. Really, you should use a 6-point socket or surely you will round the head of this hex-fill-nut because indeed some Gorilla at the factory did crank it on insanely tight. On my '06 Ody my socket extensions fit down nicely onto this 17mm nut - but that never-before-loosened nut was so tight that I twisted-off one of the 3/8 extensions. So, I went to 1/2 inch drive, whose thicker extensions did the trick. That nut is on crazy-tight, but if you expect it then you will be prepared for using a breaker-bar, or something else - I suggest a breaker bar, half-inch socket tools, with a pipe extension. It will pop, then be loose, in my case forevermore never be that tight. Hope this might help someone else to be ready for a tight as hell nut, and to use a 1/2 drive socket extension because you might twist-off a 3/8 drive like I did. Otherwise, when informed, that nut will pop loose when properly assualted. Salutations to this great board which has helped my a lot over the years !

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