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Old 10-27-2009, 03:10 AM   #1
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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?
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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 I would never use motor oil in the transmission; use of motor oil is outdated due to industry changes in motor oil additives.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.
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^ thank you.
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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 I would never use motor oil in the transmission; use of motor oil is outdated due to industry changes in motor oil additives.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.
Very well put.
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I'll always use Catrol 5 30 or 5 30 highmileage
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I believe amsoil fluids are much better than OEM fluids. Go to their site and look at the specifications for the fluids. The temperature thresholds and most of the results from the tests prove them to be better.

Honda is not a fluid company, Amsoil, Royal Purple, Castrol, etc. are

The test results that AMSOIL displays are by third party I believe.
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I believe amsoil fluids are much better than OEM fluids. Go to their site and look at the specifications for the fluids. The temperature thresholds and most of the results from the tests prove them to be better.

Honda is not a fluid company, Amsoil, Royal Purple, Castrol, etc. are

The test results that AMSOIL displays are by third party I believe.
Honda doesn't make their own fluids, the fluids are made by fluid companies and put in a bottle that says honda.
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I believe amsoil fluids are much better than OEM fluids. Go to their site and look at the specifications for the fluids. The temperature thresholds and most of the results from the tests prove them to be better.

Honda is not a fluid company, Amsoil, Royal Purple, Castrol, etc. are

The test results that AMSOIL displays are by third party I believe.
For most drivers off the shelf fluids will allow your vehicle to last a long time. If you plan to drag/auto-x/boost your vehicle AMSOIL fluids would be an excellent choice.
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For most drivers off the shelf fluids will allow your vehicle to last a long time. If you plan to drag/auto-x/boost your vehicle AMSOIL fluids would be an excellent choice.
I would agree. If your not slamming the motor for gross performance, OEM fluid would be just fine and save you a ton of money.
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