Check ATF with the engine off??

I RTFM and thats what it says...
I've always checked ATF with the engine running? I bought this 98 Accord coupe EX V6 105,000 miles about a year ago.
Is this a honda thing or something new. I want to check the manual on my Avalon when I get home tonight.
Trannys feeling a little funny and we are considering either changing the fluid myself. (we just bought fluid from honda) or taking it to a shop to have it "serviced".
Probably change it this weekend and see what happens.
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comcastss news groups wrote:

Dunno about the 98, but yea, most honda automatics you check with the engine off. You unscrew the cap, and then let it fall into place so its sitting flush. Don't check it with it screwed all the way in. Yea, I'd change the fluid. It's easy. Hondas tend to shift a tad hard. Fairly normal. Just as long as it ain't slipping... :/ MK
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comcastss news groups wrote:

and?
it's a honda thing. do what it says in the fine manual.

change it yourself. just drain and refill - factory procedure.
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A Honda thing. Honda does things their own way. That's why we buy them, no? They're not quite Citroen, but sorta close...
Make sure the car is FULLY warm, and make sure the motor is off no more than 60 seconds when you check the fluid.
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comcastss news groups wrote:

Some cars are supposed to be checked running, others with it off.
If you have the transmission services by a shop, make sure it is a Honda specialist who will use the correct fluid and the correct procedures. Honda's service manuals call for NOT using the "flush" machines which are now so common in most shops.
John
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