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97 transmission fluid change; is there a pan?

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I suspect my 97 doesn't have one since I can't find anything about it in the shop manual. Does that mean the filter (if there is one) is considered lifetime? I seem to find references to a pan in some 'net searches so would someone confirm for me if my 97 does or doesn't have it. And if it does, where can I find info to drop it and replace filters? Thanks!
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No pan, just a drain bolt. Easiest tranny to maintain. You just drain and refill. I believe each drain is about 2.5 qts.
 

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Yes, it's very easy to drain. The drain plug is on the passenger side, and faces the wheel. I believe it's an Allen Key Bolt, but I forget what size. Refilling is easy, if you have the correct funnel that reaches down to the dipstick tube.

The trans lines have filters/screens within them, but I've never removed and cleaned any of mine since I've owned it. There are a few threads here covering their location(s).
 

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You can re-use the crush washer.
The drain bolts ha a 3/8 drive square female in it. Your 3/8 drive ratchet will fit right in. You might need a long handle ratchet as they are usually tight or a "cheater" tube on a standard ratchet.
Easier to change tranny fluid than oil.

Drain/refill/ drive around a bit/repeat..... 3 times if current fluid age is over 50k.

Use Honda ATF from dealer, more expensive but works better. I pay a bit under $8 per quart

2.5-3 quarts per refill.

Correct funnel makes this easier. Funnel for putting fuel into unleaded car sockets tightly into fill hole.

I don't worry about torque spec on drain bolt. run it back down and take it 1/16-1/8 turn farther into crush washer.
 

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I change my tranny oil every other oil change which comes out to about every 10K miles. I have previously used Honda ATF Z-1 but I am going to begin using Castrol Import Multi-Vehicle ATF for my Ody. Here is the link:
Castrol USA - Import Multi–Vehicle
I have no problem getting away from the Honda ATF as my '95 was originally designed for Dexron-II.
 

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i remember at one time i had switched from honda atf to semi synthetic blend during 1 winter season, and it made improvements in less warm up time, and better shifting. it may have been quaker state synthblend atf. try substituting non honda atf for the 1sr 2 flush and fill with a brand name dexron2 atf. do this at work all the time, and haven't had a comeback yet.
 
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