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Now, I don't always like going to the dealership for service, but I do on occasion. One thing that I've learned by reading the owner's manual and speaking with ASE certified technicians is that Hondas are more picky when it comes to certain fluids. Now, if you go to a shop that employs ASE certified technicians, you're good to go since they can get Honda fluids and other OE type parts, but if you're doing maintenance yourself, here are some suggestions:

1. Only use Honda Type II spec antifreeze (blue, 5 year)
2. Only use Honda DW-1 transmission oil
3. Only use Honda Dual Pump II rear differential oil
4. Only use Honda power steering fluid
5. Only use Honda spec DOT 3 brake fluid. I noticed that the dealership didn't put on the paper that they used 'Honda Heavy Duty DOT 3' for my last flush (per manual), but just Honda DOT 3. I don't know if there really is a magic sauce to the 'Honda' DOT 3 or if it's BS?
6. Only use any other exact fit Honda spec parts

If you don't want to go to the dealership to buy Honda fluids, your local ASE shop should be able to get them, or you can go to Buy OEM Honda Parts | Honda Parts Online - Bernardi Parts

Now, while I was reading my Ford Mustang manual and comparing it to the Honda manual, I noticed that Ford also 'recommends' genuine 'Ford Motorcraft' parts and fluids -- except the brake fluid -- which is a 'High Performance DOT 3', but Ford doesn't say the sky will fall if you use another branded product so long as it meets specs lol; this being said, Fords are picky about oil filters -- use only Motorcraft oil filters. So, I guess all brands do this lol. It really only comes down to meeting the specs... that's it.

Any ASE certified technicians here are welcome to chime in :)
 

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I agree with using Honda fluids for everything except the power steering & brakes. Those two are basically hydraulic fluid, nothing special (IMO) so anything would work as long as it's the correct specification.

Parts-wise, it's not always necessary to use Honda stuff. The cabin air filter is one example.
 

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Yep... the NAPA premium parts exceed Honda specs -- especially the Legend battery, and some of the filters ;) Same with brakes... even the Honda dealership said the NAPA premium parts were good lol. Fluids, on the other hand, are kinda picky and I'd stick with Honda fluids other than motor oil -- which is easy to meet/exceed Honda specs since the synthetic Honda oil is ConocoPhillips.
 

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Don’t forget genuine Honda air in the tires. 🤭
 

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Don’t forget genuine Honda air in the tires. 🤭
Thread winner LOL. I think a lot of the hype is more about Honda making money off of their products. As long as it meets or exceeds OE, it's good to go. I remember back on Bobistheoilguy.com, they were saying that virtually no one makes their own oils/fluids -- it's made by someone else for that brand -- to their specs. I believe Honda synthetic oil at most dealerships is just relabeled Conoco (just like Motorcraft). I believe Idemitsu makes the DW-1 for Honda and Eneos makes the Dual Pump II for Honda (which you can get at NAPA. don't know who makes the other Honda fluids, but it's probably just white label rebranded for Honda. It just makes you think about things once you do the research lol.
 

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I plagiarized that from Atwell.......I think. Plagiarized from somebody.
 
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