Use only genuine Honda ATF-Z1 Transmission Fluid. Do not use any other fluid no matter what anyone tells you is a substitute. There is no substitute for this fluid and the use of any other fluid will cause your Honda transmission to not shift properly. If you have a manual transmission, contact a Honda dealer for the correct lube or read your owners manual.
The type of automatic transmission fluid that you should put in your 1997 Honda Prelude varies depending on the transmission. Honda recommends that you use their own brand of ATF when you replace the fluid in the SportShift transmission.
If the Prelude is an automatic, yes, you use automatic transmission fluid. If it's a manual, there's manual transmission fluid. As much as possible, purchase the manufacturer (Honda) branded transmission fluid.
Use ONLY genuine Honda ATF-Z1 fluid.
If it's a Sport Shift (auto), then you use Honda's auto transmission fluid. If it's a manual, Honda's manual transmission fluid. Use no other fluid in your Honda.
Honda MTF (manual transmission fluid) / MTF2
If it is a Manual transmission you do not have a dipsticks.
in the manuel transmission through the check/fill plug
Use ONLY genuine Honda MTX or ATX transmission fluid. Anything else just doesn't cut the mustard
Many times a transmission will not function properly when the transmission fluid is low. Check the transmission fluid and fill to the full mark.
Honda transmission fluid is specifically formulated by Honda for the transmission they designed and built. Using any other fluid will cause rough shifts. That is why you should only use genuine Honda fluid.