Are Honda Brand Fluids Necessary?

September 15th, 2014 by

Put the Right Fluids in Your Honda for Maximum Reliability

Late model Honda vehicles call for the use of only Honda fluids with the exception of motor oil; but are Honda brand fluids really necessary? For those who work on their own cars, or have an independent mechanic care for their car, this is a very important question. For the Honda owners who let Fisher Honda care for their cars, rest assured that our mechanics use only Honda brand fluids.

Which Fluids are Honda Brand Fluids?

Honda brand fluids should be used for every fluid in your car with the exception of the motor oil, gasoline, and wiper fluid. Honda calls for specific Honda brand fluids for the following

  • Honda coolant fluids
  • Honda transmission fluid – manual and automatic
  • Honda brake fluid
  • Honda power Steering fluid
  • Honda differential fluid

If you drive an older Honda this standard may not apply to your vehicle. Be sure to check your owner’s manual before changing any fluid in your Honda.

Do you Need to Use Honda Brand Fluids?

Rusty Front Differntial

A corroded differential component

The simple answer is yes. It’s all about corrosion, and Honda fluids will be the best fluid to minimize corrosion and keep your Honda reliable. Different car manufacturers utilize different metal alloys and rubber compounds in vehicle components. Honda fluids are specifically designed around the metal alloys and rubber components used in Honda vehicles. This means that a Honda brand fluid will be the absolute best at minimizing corrosion on Honda components. When vehicle components corrode they perform poorly and are much more likely to fail.

Using Third Party Fluids in a Honda

Hopefully, you will be convinced at this point to use only Honda brand fluids in your Honda; consider some of the consequences of using another brand of fluid.

  • Gaskets may fail leading to fluid leaks
  • Decreased performance of engine, transmission, and steering components
  • Failure of the engine, transmission, steering system, or cooling system

The bottom line is that saving a few dollars to buy a generic fluid is not worth risking a several thousand dollar repair down the road. Use Honda brand fluids for maximum performance and reliability, it is much more than a marketing gimmick.