Honda Civic Transmission Fluid Capacity


honda civic transmission fluid change

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Over time, your car’s transmission filter wears out, and we know you don’t want to miss the moment when this important part needs to be replaced. Professionals suggest that you replace the transmission filter about every 30,000 miles. There are several symptoms that can indicate your filter isn’t able to do its job properly.

The transmission filter may be blocked with debris, and in this case you may hear a rattling noise. Sometimes a blocked filter can cause a burning smell or smoke. If it is harder to change gears, the reason may also be related to the transmission filter.

1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 Honda Civic transmission fluid capacity

Transmission Capacity
5-speed manual 1.9 US qt.
4-speed S24A automatic 2.9 US qt.

Automatic transmission:

Check the fluid level with the engine at normal operating temperature.

  1. Park the car on level ground. Shut off the engine.
  2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) from the transmission and wipe it with a clean cloth.
  3. Insert the dipstick into the transmission.
  4. Remove the dipstick and check the fluid level. It should be between the upper and lower marks.
  5. If the level is below the lower mark, add fluid into the tube to bring it to the upper mark. Use Honda Premium Formula Automatic Transmission Fluid or an equivalent DEXRON II Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) only.
  6. Insert the dipstick all the way back in the transmission.

The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid every 24 months or 30,000 miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first.

5-speed manual transmission:

Check the oil level a couple of minutes after shutting off the engine. Make sure the car is on level ground. Remove the transmission filler bolt. The oil level should be up to the edge of the bolt hole. Feel inside the bolt hole with your finger. If you do not feel any oil, slowly add oil until it starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall the filler bolt and tighten it securely.

Only use an API Service SF or SG grade motor oil with a viscosity of SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new oil every 24 months or 30,000 miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first.

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Honda Civic gear fluid capacity

Transmission Capacity
5-speed manual 1.9 US qt.
4-speed automatic 2.9 US qt.
CVT – HX only

5-speed Manual Transmission:

Check the fluid level with the transmission at normal operating temperature and the car sitting on level ground. Remove the transmission filler bolt and carefully feel inside the bolt hole with your finger. The fluid level should be up to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is not, add Genuine Honda Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall the filler bolt and tighten it securely.

If Honda MTF is not available, you may use an API service SG, SH or SJ grade motor oil with a viscosity of SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 as a temporary replacement. An SG grade is preferred, but an SH or SJ grade may be used if SG is not available. However, motor oil does not contain the proper additives and continued use can cause stiffer shifting. Replace as soon as convenient.

The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Honda Civic transmission oil capacity

Transmission Capacity
5/6-speed manual 1.6 US qt.
4/5-speed automatic 2.9 US qt.

Automatic Transmission Fluid:

Always use Honda ATF-Z1 (Automatic Transmission Fluid). If it’s not available, you may use a DEXRON III automatic transmission fluid as a temporary replacement. However, continued use can affect the shift quality. Have the transmission flushed and refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as soon as it is convenient.

Insert the dipstick all the way back in the transmission. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule. To thoroughly flush the transmission, the technician should drain and refill it with Honda ATF-Z1, then drive the vehicle for a short distance. Do this three times. Then drain and refill the transmission a final time.

The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.

Manual Transmission Fluid:

Check the fluid level with the transmission at normal operating temperature and the vehicle sitting on level ground. Remove the transmission filler bolt and carefully feel inside the bolt hole with your finger. The fluid level should be up to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is not, add Honda Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall the filler bolt and tighten it securely.

If Honda MTF is not available, you may use an SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 viscosity motor oil with the API Certification seal that says ‘‘FOR GASOLINE ENGINES’’ as a temporary replacement. However, motor oil does not contain the proper additives, and continued use can cause stiffer shifting. Replace as soon as it is convenient. The transmission should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule.

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Honda Civic

Transmission Capacity
U.S.: DX, LX, EX, EX-L  Canada: DX, DX-G, LX, EX-L Manual 1.5 US qt.
Si Manual 1.6 US qt.
Automatic 2.5 US qt.

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Honda Civic

Transmission Capacity
1.8 engine models CVT HCF-2 3.6 US qt.
1.8 engine models Manual 1.5 US qt.
2.4 engine models Manual 2.0 US qt.

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Honda Civic

honda civic transmission fluid change

Transmission Capacity
2.0 engine models CVT HCF-2 3.7 US qt.
2.0 engine models Manual MTF 2.0 US qt.
1.5 engine models CVT HCF-2 3.9 US qt.
1.5 engine models Manual  MTF 2.0 US qt.

NOTICE: Do not mix HCF-2 with other transmission fluids.

Using a transmission fluid other than HCF-2 may adversely affect the operation and durability of your vehicle’s transmission, and damage the transmission. Any damage caused by using a transmission fluid that is not equivalent to HCF-2 is not covered by Honda’s new vehicle limited warranty.

If Honda MTF is not available, you may use the API certificated SAE 0W-20 or 5W-20 viscosity motor oil as a temporary measure. Replace with MTF as soon as possible. Motor oil does not contain the proper additives for the transmission and continued use can cause decreased shifting performance and lead to transmission damage.

Thomas Buck

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