WTB: OEM Honda Fluids

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Tera Baap, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. Tera Baap

    Tera Baap Guest


    Anyone know of a site that sells OEM Honda Fluids (Coolant, MTF, Brake
    Fluid, etc.)?

    Also, should I replace my fluids with OEM stuff or does anyone suggest an
    aftermarket fluid. I understand that I should stick with OEM Coolant, but
    what about stuff like MTF and Brake fluid? Would it make a difference
    either way?


    Tera Baap, Dec 26, 2003
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    tflfb Guest

    It doesn't cost that much more to stick with the OEM, coolant and brake
    fluid and MTF, I think it will increase seal life.

    tflfb, Dec 26, 2003
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    Caroline Guest

    Last year I tried to locate an online site for OEM Honda coolant but then
    someone here pointed out to me that shipping a gallon container of the stuff to
    an individual residence probably violates laws. A phone call to one online
    company confirmed that they do not ship coolant.
    The consensus here does seem to be that OEM coolant will preserve your car's
    water pump better (especially the shaft bearings?). My water pumps have not done
    well on green Prestone and the like, so this reinforces the viewpoint that OEM
    coolant is better. Yet I do happen to be experimenting right now with the orange
    Dex anti-freeze, as the Dex company says it's good for aluminum-based engines
    and Japanese imports. After a year and 17,000 miles, so far so good. I also plan
    to start changing out the coolant more often than recommended, like two years or
    20,000 miles.

    I bought Honda power steering fluid at an Autozone last year and added a half
    cup or so. No problems so far. I have had Firestone shops flush my brake system
    a few times, and I don't think they use anything special for brake fluid.

    What's your manual say for manual transmission fluid (MTF)? My 1991 Civic
    requires just a certain weight of motor oil. I use Pennzoil. Never had any
    problems. The car has its original clutch after 150,000 miles (not that the MTF
    affects the clutch all that much).

    Sites for Honda parts that might have what you want:


    http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/home.htm (great drawings of parts, even if
    you don't plan to buy)


    Caroline, Dec 26, 2003
  4. I would advise you to buy it from the parts department of a Honda
    dealership. You might ask the supervisor of the parts department if there
    are any local shops that sell the proper kinds of fluids that you need.
    Those employees make the same amount of money whether or not they sell you
    something. I've gotten some excellent advice from the supervisor of the
    local parts department at the Honda dealership.
    Bill B. Johnson, Dec 26, 2003
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    Caroline Guest

    Hi Bill,

    Just want to add my own data point: This is not true of all car dealerships'
    parts departments. The parts guys often make money on commission. Often most or
    even all their salary is commission.

    Do you know for a fact that all Honda Dealers' Parts people are paid a flat
    rate, without regard to parts sales?
    Parts clerks certainly can be very knowledgeable, and are not necessarily
    pushing the most expensive part. Some know good counsel is as or more likely to
    bring customers back, even if the part they are selling at the moment is the
    less expensive version. On the other hand, some dealership owners will fire
    Parts Department managers and assistant managers who don't sell enough. It's a
    cutthroat business. The service and parts departments are barely a step above
    the car salesmen when it comes to lying to make a sale, from what I've seen.
    Caroline, Dec 26, 2003
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    Tera Baap Guest

    Thanks for all the information Caroline. The 98 Civic may use 10w30 or
    10w40 as a temporary replacement for MTF.

    Tera Baap, Dec 27, 2003
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    JDS Guest

    Bad advice

    JDS, Dec 27, 2003
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    Jason Faas Guest

    Mostly out of curiousity, could you elaborate on which advice is bad and why
    it is bad advice? What would the good advice be?

    Jason Faas, Dec 27, 2003
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