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So tomorrow I am finishing up on my clutch replacement on my 97 sh (pain in the ass) and had a couple questions...first, is it ok to temporarily use 5w30 motor oil instead of mtf... I am on base and there is no mtf anywhere and right now I have no way to go off base to a store to buy actual honda mtf and just wanted to make sure it will not ruin my transmission if I drive like that for a while...second is when loosing a bolt in my engine bay I broke the plastic piece on my radiator that connects the overflow tank to the radiator, I was wondering if I could drive at all without it hooked up or if that would cause some serious problems, again its kinda hard to get anywhere right now since I dont have a car, I may try to rig it so it is atleast hooked up (again just a temporary fix) until I can get to autozone and get a new radiator
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Re: Radiator/mtf question

Motor oil and Transmission fluid (especially MTF) have completely different properties. I would highly suggest not putting any motor oil into your manual transmission.

And as for the broken overflow valve port, Im not 1 hundred percent but I think the car will operate fine, but you will loose coolant, not to mention its legislated too have an overflow system.
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Re: Radiator/mtf question

yeah thanks man. I fixed the radiator problem just took off some extra plastic and the tube fits on pretty snug so I'm not too worried about that anymore. As far as the MTF I was told that motor oil would be fine temporarily by a mechanic but that if I had any doubts just to change it later when Honda MTF was available so that's what I'm going to do for now and then next time I have my oil changed just have them do the tranny too.
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Re: Radiator/mtf question

10w30 is fine as a TEMP only!!!!! (honda manual says it is ok)

Make sure you get some Honda MTF in asap!
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Re: Radiator/mtf question

Yeah man I plan to after I get paid in a week or so...this damn clutch going out has me broke lol... but everything is back in and working I just cant get my slave cylinder back in for some reason the bolts don't want to go back in.
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Re: Radiator/mtf question

I use motor oil and I never ran into any problems with my tranny for years that I been doing it...
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Re: Radiator/mtf question

Used motor oil in my 5 speed for about 8 months. Even asked the Honda dealer here if that would work and they said it would be fine.
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