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I have a 2011 Honda Cr-Z 62,500 miles. My B13 service minder came on. My car is a manual transmission,, does anyone know what needs to be done for the transmission? When I called a mechanic, he said something about automatic transmission, and I told him "no' I have a manual transmission, and he acted like it was odd for me to ask about transmission service, so I decided to come here and ask!
 

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Check the service manual. Honda always had low oil chnage intervals for the transmission.
Only use honda mtf transmission oil. Off the shelf oil is a higher viscosity.
My old honda specialist told me Honda mtf is very close to 10w40, with additives such as friction modifiers for the synchro rings.
In the older hondas it was something like every 28k or 3p something thousand mile interval.
 

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It does mention the transmission for 3 code. I have a CVT and have the Honda Fluid put in when I get a 3(I have done it early so on my now 76k car it has been done 2 times prior to current mileage). I presume MT is similar. Follow TankZF1's advice. Since you have a 2011 You can order the Factory service manual here 2011-2012 CR-Z Service Manual or many on here have it as a PDF and maybe able to look up the specifications and process for the MT fluid. Attached is the relevant page from the owners manual(2013) about what the process is and what fluid to use and what to use if not available. Note the warning about using Engine oil! it is apparently a specific Honda Only fluid But googling I found there are places that sell what they claim are equivalent fluids. Not sure if I would do that if I had an MT. For CVT there have been many discussions on here but I will stick with the Honda Specific Type 1 for mine. There apparently is only one Honda Manual Transmission fluid.
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It does mention the transmission for 3 code. I have a CVT and have the Honda Fluid put in when I get a 3(I have done it early so on my now 76k car it has been done 2 times prior to current mileage). I presume MT is similar. Follow TankZF1's advice. Since you have a 2011 You can order the Factory service manual here 2011-2012 CR-Z Service Manual or many on here have it as a PDF and maybe able to look up the specifications and process for the MT fluid. Attached is the relevant page from the owners manual(2013) about what the process is and what fluid to use and what to use if not available. Note the warning about using Engine oil! it is apparently a specific Honda Only fluid But googling I found there are places that sell what they claim are equivalent fluids. Not sure if I would do that if I had an MT. For CVT there have been many discussions on here but I will stick with the Honda Specific Type 1 for mine. There apparently is only one Honda Manual Transmission fluid.
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I don't intend to do it myself,, I'm assuming what I need is a fluid change for manual transmission. I just called a place and the dealership and they quoted $140,, does that sound about right? Sorry, I'm a girl, and I want to make sure I don't get overcharged! Thanks for helping
 

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I don't know. Call a few places and see if that is the average? It seems reasonable.
Oil should be 0W20 can use all Synthetic or a blend. Some dealers only have full synthetic also request tires ( if not directional) are cross rotated.
At least do the air filters and wiper blades yourself. I do those yearly.

I don't intend to do it myself,, I'm assuming what I need is a fluid change for manual transmission. I just called a place and the dealership and they quoted $140,, does that sound about right? Sorry, I'm a girl, and I want to make sure I don't get overcharged! Thanks for helping
 

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I don't intend to do it myself,, I'm assuming what I need is a fluid change for manual transmission. I just called a place and the dealership and they quoted $140,, does that sound about right? Sorry, I'm a girl, and I want to make sure I don't get overcharged! Thanks for helping
140 for a transmission oil change seems steep. Mtf is about ten euro a bottle here in Ireland. You need 3 as the tranny takes a little over 2 litres and they come in 1 litre bottles. The other 110 dollars for labour is silly.

Its about a 15 min job all in all. If 140 is an engine and tranny oil change thats good value to me, especially for a dealer.
 

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140 for a transmission oil change seems steep. Mtf is about ten euro a bottle here in Ireland. You need 3 as the tranny takes a little over 2 litres and they come in 1 litre bottles. The other 110 dollars for labour is silly.

Its about a 15 min job all in all. If 140 is an engine and tranny oil change thats good value to me, especially for a dealer.
Honda dealer usually charge me $65 for oil change & CVT oil change for $258


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140 for a transmission oil change seems steep. Mtf is about ten euro a bottle here in Ireland. You need 3 as the tranny takes a little over 2 litres and they come in 1 litre bottles. The other 110 dollars for labour is silly.

Its about a 15 min job all in all. If 140 is an engine and tranny oil change thats good value to me, especially for a dealer.
I had the oil change and tire rotation done yesterday, and only have the transmission fluid exchange left to do,, dealer quoted $140. Pep Boys didn't have the correct machine to do my transmission exchange.

Honda dealer usually charge me $65 for oil change & CVT oil change for $258


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Correct machine sounds suspicious. You take the plug out and suck the fluid out from the fill plug or remove the pan and drain then replace pan and fill through fill hole. See page I captured. Usually machines are used on Automatic transmissions as they can suck the fluid out through the dip stick hole or they have a drain plug on the bottom or they remove the pan on those too. Automatics usually have a filter that you access via removing the pan. There is also one on the back of the radiator on CR-Z CVTs. Manuals do not appear to have filters.

Were your tires cross rotated as I suggested or just front to back?

Per KBB $140 is a bargain using my Zip of 20171 to look.

Per this other one also reasonable;

I had the oil change and tire rotation done yesterday, and only have the transmission fluid exchange left to do,, dealer quoted $140. Pep Boys didn't have the correct machine to do my transmission exchange.


I live in L.A. everything is expensive here, more so than any other states in the U.S.
 

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It does sound fishy if they are telling you they need a "machine" to drain and fill a manual trans. They probably don't do that many of them but it's just drain and fill like an oil change, other than maybe using a manual suction pump to do the fill.
You also have to wonder if they would use the proper fluid.
There are tons of horror stories, mostly from Jiffy Lube, of transmissions being filled with engine oil and vice-versa, stripped drain plugs falling out on the road and so on. I'd never use or recommend those places. Pep Boys may be somewhat higher on the food chain but I'd still be wary. A local, non-chain independent shop that knows what they are doing is usually a better bet. Fortunately I have one of these to use for the work I can't do myself.
As for the particular matter of the trans fluid change, I wouldn't sweat it for now as long as it's shifting well and not making any noises. Gear oil doesn't break down and get contaminated like ATF as it's just gears and bearings in there. The viscosity may change over time and additives may be depleted so it does eventually need service but you can take your time finding the right place to do it.
I've had my car for 2 months now and while I have done some fluid services (engine oil and brake fluid) I'm leaving the trans alone for now.
 

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Correct machine sounds suspicious. You take the plug out and suck the fluid out from the fill plug or remove the pan and drain then replace pan and fill through fill hole. See page I captured. Usually machines are used on Automatic transmissions as they can suck the fluid out through the dip stick hole or they have a drain plug on the bottom or they remove the pan on those too. Automatics usually have a filter that you access via removing the pan. There is also one on the back of the radiator on CR-Z CVTs. Manuals do not appear to have filters.

Were your tires cross rotated as I suggested or just front to back?

Per KBB $140 is a bargain using my Zip of 20171 to look.

Per this other one also reasonable;
So I took my car to the dealership yesterday, they originally quoted $140 for the transmission fluid exchange, and when they were finished the guy said he's giving me a discount, and charged me $120 instead... I had called many other places before going to the dealer, and they were all quoting around $160-$180. .. It was Pep Boys that said they didn't have the equipment to do the transmission exchange, not the dealership... seems I got a good deal. All green checkmarks, everything's running perfect. Thanks for advising!
 

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Thank you all for replying to my post, got the transmission exchange done yesterday at the dealership, originally quoted $140, he gave me a discount and ended up paying $120,, all green checkmarks, everything's running perfect.....all systems go!
 

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Good deal, we'll assume they used the correct fluid.
While not cheap for a simple fluid change, $120 represents the typical hourly rate of many shops these days so that's about right.
Enjoy your freshly serviced Z.
 

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Good deal, we'll assume they used the correct fluid.
While not cheap for a simple fluid change, $120 represents the typical hourly rate of many shops these days so that's about right.
Enjoy your freshly serviced Z.
Thank you....yes they used the correct fluid, Honda manufacturer recommended MTF;),, my Z is running beautifully!
 

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And because it's the dealer they should have reset the maintenance minder, but you might want to check just to be sure. It's in the menus, if you cycle through the various displays you should see the oil life showing 100%. If it shows a lower percentage then you'll need to reset it yourself, easily done.
 
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