Frugal Al wrote:Browser, this is one of those cases where you don't go by the manual. There are TSBs on the 3rd generation vehicles and some of the same issues were evident on prior generations as well. I've got a 3rd generation and I'm changing mine out every 15k to 20k miles. I'd say if you've been changing yours every 30k miles with no noises on tight turns, you're doing good. Not everyone experiences the issue The good news is that as long as it is serviced promptly when it makes obvious noise, a fresh fill of Honda Dual Pump Fluid II will take care of the problem. By doing it routinely, it is a simpler procedure and just takes a simple drain and refill. If it makes noise it might require multiple fluid changes, and a clutch plate burnishing procedure (which is easier than it sounds, but takes more time), or a new clutch pack.
Browser wrote:False alarm: I just ran down to the local garage and had a look at the noise problem. It turned out to be a loose metal housing on the catalytic converter that is rattling. No tranny issue. What do you think is a fair price for an independent garage to change the transmission fluid? I think there's a filter that should be changed or cleaned in there as well so that might involve some labor. I've always had work done at Honda, but I'm thinking the local garage ought to be able to do transmission service and it should cost less.
Browser wrote:I got an oil change for my 2002 CRV and was told that the oil in the rear differential was dirty and needed to be changed -- costs $120 for this service.
snowman wrote:I do it every 30K miles. Really easy (easier than changing the oil), you don't even need the lift. Very inexpensive preventive maintenance.
If you don't keep the car forever, it's not necessary, just follow the manual. Although I have found that transmission behaves better when drained and filled every 30K miles. You can tell the difference.
As for differential (I got 3 on my SUV), it's generally not required until 90K miles, but some manufacturers recommend 30K service. I would never pay for what dealers charge for 30K service (it's a complete ripoff IMO), but if you can do it yourself, the cost for top notch fluids will be below $30 (for all 3). At that cost, there really is no reason not to do it.
Browser wrote:I wonder if you can elaborate. Not sure I know what "TSB" is referring to, though I assume the auto tranny.
Frugal Al wrote:with the exceptions of engine oil, brake fluid, or manual trans oil.
mike143 wrote:With brake fluid and manual trans fluid so little is needed (bottle or two) that it is not worth considering a substitute.
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