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I have a 1999 TL with 160,000 miles. I mainly work on older cars like pre 1980. I know how to do most things on older cars and I want to change the trans fluid myself on the TL. I was told all I have to do is pull the plug, drain the fluid and refill with 3.1 qts. Is there a filter to change? Does this seem correct?

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Paul
 

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Paul:

I have a 96 tl and the shop manual says it is not necessary to change the filter. I talked to Acura shop mechanics and they said this also. However if you see metal on the drain bolt it may need to be done. I saw something about having to remove the transmission pan just to inspect it, and I guess if you want to go that far, according to my research for my 96 at least, it is a metal filter and can be removed and blown out. Hope this helps a little.
 

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There's no serviceable ATF filters on these cars. THere is a huge "lifetime" magnet that collect and holds onto a lot of the junk along with the magnetized drain bolt. All you should need is a 3/8" ratchet and a long funnel. And as always, be sure to only use the Honda ATF.
 
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