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I did 50,000 KM since last drain and fill on my 2010 Ridgeline. That was about 12 months ago. I did a drain and fill today, and what is the opinion on this amount of shavings and sludge on the drain magnet. I wiped one side of the plug to show the clean bolt underneath as comparison
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Does it seem normal or excessive? The truck has 285,000 km on it.
 

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Hum…..that looks more like metal shavings than sludge. Some sludge pics will show up soon.
 
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I agree with the others. Those appear to be long slivers of metal, as opposed to the fine, dark, sludge-like residue that I have normally seen.

Actually, I see no sludge at all mixed with the shavings. Is it possible the friction plates are completely worn and down to metal? I can't imagine that would be the case, without showing obvious signs of failure, such as slipping. Are you having and drivability issues?

(Honestly, I was going to comment on your high mileage, but a quick check on my handy metric converter resolved only 177K miles. Thank God we never went metric down here. I would have never adapted. 😂)
 

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Seems to be a bit much. I don't think I even had that much stuff on my first ATF change at ~74km, and it wasn't shiny like yours. Looks just like the pic @HRL383 posted. Did you some how rinse off all the tranny fluid prior to your pic? Looks "dry" vs what I pulled out in the past. For my second change, to which we did 3x due to transmission judder, ~144km, I had much less sludge than pictured.


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I'd be concerned of those metal shavings. That's not torque converter wear (the sludge looking stuff).
 

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Just did my A136 service the other day (about 137k miles)

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I would say this is definitely more like sludge then the unfortunate metal shavings you posted.
 

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2006 Pilot back in 2013 when I converted over to DW-1. This was the 4th DW-1 change with about 4500 miles on it since the 3rd change. Total miles on the tranny 92,485 miles.
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Here's from my 2008 Ridgeline with 29,616 miles. The tranny fluid was changed earlier at 17,430 miles, so this fluid had about 12,000 miles on it.

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That was 10 years ago and I don't recall what I did to make that last photo look like that. Perhaps I wiped some of the sludge off and that left it looking like that, which is similar to yours.

I did have a reman tranny installed at 56k miles several years later due to a persistent top gear whine. I have no idea if the look of that last drain plug pic has any bearing on the tranny whine that warranty covered.

For the record, I change tranny fluid every other oil change (or around every 12-14k miles). I haven't bothered taking any more drain plug pics after 2015 since they always look the same with the amount of sludge on them.

Here's the last one from my Ridge back in Sept 2015 with 96,500 miles on i (40k miles since the reman was installed).
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That fine stuff is usually torque converter sludge. And not really indicating a problem. Bigger metal like that flag looking one I'd be a little more concerned about. But, if you really wanted to know about the condition of the trans I'd send in a fluid sample for analysis. That's more definitive than just looking at the plug.
 

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I did 50,000 KM since last drain and fill on my 2010 Ridgeline. That was about 12 months ago. I did a drain and fill today, and what is the opinion on this amount of shavings and sludge on the drain magnet. I wiped one side of the plug to show the clean bolt underneath as comparison View attachment 417330

Does it seem normal or excessive? The truck has 285,000 km on it.
It would help to know if those are slivers of metal or normal fine powder that’s under magnetic force.
 
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