...okay, so I am a lazy person, and haven't ever really done a DIY before. I'm going to apologize right away, as this is going to be more pointers than a full on DIY. My biggest concern trying this out the first time was finding the correct plugs to remove, so I figure that would be my key contribution here.
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You will need:
3/8" socket wrench
17 mm socket (... I think)
Honda MTF Fluid (2 quarts)
Drain plug and fill plug washers
MAJOR STEP 1
loosen your driver's side tire. Put a chock on a rear wheel, jack up the car, put it on stands. Remove the tire.
You should now see a removable plastic panel. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the 2 visible plastic inserts, then the 5(?) that are on the underside. This makes the transmission visible, as so:
MAJOR STEP 2
Do you see the bolt/plug that is square? Where the socket wrench extension goes? The lowest part of the transmission? That is the drain plug
. DO NOT remove just yet.
The bolt with the 17 mm head is the fill plug
- to the right and above the cv axle. Try removing this one first.
Reason: In case you cannot remove the fill plug (stripped, rusted, etc.), you will find this out before
you drain all your fluid out, and can still drive the car to a professional to remove it/do the service for you.
Once the fill plug is loosened/removed, THEN you can move on to the drain plug. Put the oil catch pan underneath, and remove the drain plug. Once the oil is drained fully, use your new crush washer, and tighten your drain plug (I believe 33 ft/lbs, but do your research).
MAJOR STEP 3:
Open one of your MTF bottles, and feed your fluid pump through the fill hole, as shown:
Make sure that your pump is in the correct direction, pumping from the bottle TO the transmission. If not sure, cover one hose end with your hand to see if you get push pressure, or suction.
The manual states 1.4 quarts for a flush, 1.6 for a rebuild. Just pump a whole bottle, then when you get to about halfway of the second bottle, slow down. Keep pumping slowly until some oil starts coming out of the fill hole. Look carefully - Honda MTF is not very viscous. Remove the hose.
MAJOR STEP 4
Use a new washer, tighten the fill plug (again, I think 33 ft lbs, but look for it yourself. I'm going off s2000 torque specs). Reverse steps for assembly and bringing car down from raised status.
MAJOR STEP 5
Always look over your work. Check for any loose tools, extra bolts, washers, etc. There shouldn't be any. Lastly, turn your car on. Put it in gear. Drive it a bit. Make sure there is no leaking of fluids underneath. If there is, turn off, jack up, reinspect.
Hopefully this was a happy inbetween of being useful for the first timer, and providing quick information for those who just need the relevant. Happy wrenching.
Edit: According to litz:
1.5 US qt. at fluid change
1.7 US qt. at overhaul
Filler plug torque 32 lb-ft
Drain plug torque 29 lb-ft