I got a fluid change done at Jiffy Lubes.... they used a penzoil ATF and mixed it with a T3 additive and said it is on par with the one Honda recommends... I am worried if it is a dextron and I should go to an Acura dealer and have it changed again?
Country: United StatesMake: AcuraModel: MDXYear: 2001
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Using any ATF fluid other than what is recommended by the dealer is not advised. Over time the additives can cause seals to wear and leak. Honda/Acura ATF is specifically designed for the clearances of honda/acura Transmissions. The 3.2 & 3.5L transmissions are notorious for seal failure. I would recommend taking your vehicle to the dealer and having the service properly done. I never recommend having any services done outside of the dealership, or a specialty mechanic who know the model. Ive worked on Hondas/Acuras my whole life and as long as the routine maintenance is kept up top date with OEM honda parts and fluids Ive seen the vehicles last upwards of 250,000 miles..
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the dealership just drains the fluid once .. should i pay them to do it throce ?
I would recommend them doing a flush with Honda Fluid, if they wont do that then have them drain and fill 3 times. The torque converter hold a lot of fluid and just draining and filling will not remove the old fluid.
I had called Acura earlier on and they said that they do not recommend a flush on any of their transmissions.... The dealer is charging me $120 for eash drain and fill... while jiffylube is willing to do it for free if I bring in the fluid... should I buy the fluid from a dealer and take it to them to do the same?Which OEM fluid is compatible with this car?
I would have jiffy lube do it since they won't charge you. Have them drain and fill and run the car through the gears and repeat the process. I only recommend using Honda original ATF you can buy either at your local dealer or online. Make sure you get enough. Here is a link to an ebay search.http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=honda+atfLet me know If you have additional questions if nit be sure to accept and feedback is appreciated.