Originally Posted by Jordanasm
hey guys, I'm about to do a brake fluid change, change my mtf, and top off my other fluids. Do you think that Honda fluids are really "better" then lets say some other companies?
Here is my view based on years of owning Hondas:
Brake fluid -- any high quality aftermarket brake fluid is fine.
Hydraulic clutch fluid -- see brake fluid above.
Manual transmission fluid -- Honda OEM bought from dealer. I would not rule out some of the recommendations for other MTFs here, though. I would never use motor oil in the transmission; use of motor oil is outdated due to industry changes in motor oil additives.
Power steering fluid -- aftermarket stores like Autozone, Pep Boys and Napa sell a Honda specific PS fluid that is fine. Just make sure the aftermarket fluid container says it is for Hondas. Failing to get the Honda specific fluid can destroy the seals on the PS system.
Coolant -- either Honda OEM or orange Havoline Dexcool. The Dexcool says it is specifically designed for aluminum yada engines requiring yada. I have been using the Dexcool since 2002. I buy the undiluted version and then add distilled water. Do not use tap water.
Engine oil -- any good motor oil appropriate to the age of the engine is fine.