1. No, there is a dedicated transmission cover underneath the vehicle on the driver side, you have to remove this to gain clearance.I am original owner of 2018 Oddy 9 spd. (have 2008 Ridgeline also), and now am doing my own maint. on them. Oddy code for trans. fluid drain and fill came on, and I have 4 qts. ATF 3-1. Several questions:
1. Can the drain plug and fluid be removed WITHOUT removing the plastic cover with clips and screws?
2. If it has to be removed, are the clips re-usable, or do they tend to break on removal?
3. Is it POSSIBLE to vacuum out enough fluid through the top fill bolt hole, like many on the Ridgeline Club do often on Ridgelines through the trans. dip stick tube?
4. I see videos where some remove the driver's side wheel, while others do not. Seems most jack the driver's side up. What is best/easiest, and is there a video on this site showing this? THANKS for your help!
2. Yes, the clips are reusable if they are removed correctly and not damaged.
3. No. There is no dipstick tube on these, they use a check plug on the driver's side near where the driveshaft is installed. There is a service plug on the top of the case identical to the drain and check plugs but if this was me, I would drain it from the bottom plug.
4. (Technically the truth) the easiest way is to use an actual vehicle lift, though I would imagine home mechanics don't always have these available. The next best thing is a VERY sturdy set of jack stands you would trust your life with.
optional 5. Attached some steps directly from Honda's service manual, they want you to use the Honda scan tool to monitor ATF temperature and add at the prescribed time/temperature target, until you get to even with the fluid check plug at the side of the case.
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