Mastering the 2018 Honda Odyssey Transmission Fluid Change: Preparation, Process, and Pro Tips

All right, guys. I’m Mike Troll, an Amsoil dealer, and I am here to walk you through the ATF fluid change process for a 2018 Honda Odyssey with 82,000 miles on it. Today, we’re going to be doing the ATF fluid change for the first time. Life gets busy, and it’s normal to go a little over the recommended schedule for maintenance, but it’s essential to stay on top of it. This particular model has the nine-speed ZF transmission, so it’s crucial to use the specific Honda ATF 3.1 fluid for this job.

While Amsoil is my fluid of choice for most vehicles, they don’t have a recommendation for this specific transmission, so for this job, we’re sticking with the Honda ATF 3.1. Let’s get started by getting the wheel off and diving into the process.

Parts and Preparations

We acquired the necessary Honda ATF 3.1 fluid at a good price, and we also purchased three drain plugs as the owner wanted to change them. It’s worth noting that the drain plugs have a rubber silicone seal built into them, so it’s recommended to replace them during the fluid change. The drain plug necessitates an eight-millimeter hex socket for removal and installation.

Drain and Fill Process

Under the vehicle, we located the drain plug and proceeded to remove some plastic clips and bolts to access it. With the wheel off, we could easily locate the level check and fill plugs for the fluid change. After cracking open the fill bolt and loosening the drain plug, we let the old fluid drain out. It’s essential to ensure the fluid level can be checked and refilled before fully draining the old fluid.

After installing the new drain plugs, we used a double funnel setup to refill the transmission with the new Honda ATF 3.1 fluid. We added three and a half quarts of fluid in total and then cycled through the gears to get the fluid through all the circuits.

Checking the Fluid Level

After starting the vehicle and cycling through the gears, we checked the fluid level by slightly unscrewing the check plug to ensure the transmission was properly filled. It’s crucial to ensure that the fluid level is correct to maintain optimal performance.

Amsoil Options and a Word of Faith

On my Amsoil website, I share some options for different vehicle models, but for the 2018 Honda Odyssey, there are no specific Amsoil recommendations. Even though Amsoil doesn’t offer a compatible fluid for this transmission, they provide excellent options for other vehicles.

Finally, I’d like to share a verse that is close to my heart about enduring trials and being faithful. Being an Amsoil dealer and a car enthusiast, I find strength in my faith, and I want to encourage others to stay faithful as well.

In conclusion, after successfully completing the ATF fluid change on the Honda Odyssey, I encourage everyone to stay faithful and look for the good in every situation. If you’re comfortable working on cars, I recommend giving it a shot, ensuring you use the right fluid and follow the proper procedures. As for me, I will keep spreading the word and offering advice on maintaining vehicles and staying strong in faith.

What type of transmission fluid does a 2018 Honda Odyssey with a 9-speed ZF transmission take?

The 2018 Honda Odyssey with a 9-speed ZF transmission takes the Honda ATF 3.1 fluid.

Can Amsoil be used for the ATF fluid change in a 2018 Honda Odyssey with a 9-speed ZF transmission?

No, Amsoil does not have a recommendation for the ATF fluid change in the 9-speed ZF transmission. It is recommended to use the Honda ATF 3.1 fluid.

What are the steps for performing an ATF fluid change for a 2018 Honda Odyssey with a 9-speed ZF transmission?

The steps for performing an ATF fluid change for a 2018 Honda Odyssey with a 9-speed ZF transmission include: removing the drain plug, replacing the drain plugs, using a funnel system for filling, cycling through the gears, and checking the fluid level.

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