So, we took my wife’s 2007 Acura TSX into the local Honda dealer last Saturday to have an oil changed done and the brake rotors resurfaced. Any well, like always, ever 4k my transmission fluid is dirty and needs to be replaced. I declined as I just did it 10k mile ago, and my car alerts me to when it needs to be changed.
Anyway, today I popped the hood to check and make sure everything was tight and put back how it should be. While doing so, I noticed that the transmission dipstick was out of the hole (right next to it). The metal part that measures the level of the tranny fluid was still in, but not the top end. As a result, the dipstick hole has been exposed to the elements under the hood for a year. I didn’t notice any tranny fluid inside the engine bay or any on the garage floor. Also, the fluid level seems to be ok. So, here’s my question. Do I need to replace the fluid because of this? Does exposed tranny fluid have issues like exposed brake fluid does?
Just wondering what you all think? I called Honda, and they said it’s “Ok” but of course they’re gonna say that. If it’s truly a problem, I will go raise a stink with the service manager.