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Recommended fluids?

I'm new to this..So what kind of fluid brands will I need to use?
Power steering?
Brake?
transmission fluid?
what other fluids are there?
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Re: Recommended fluids?

Honda/Acura Power Steering Fluid
Any DOT3 Brake Fluid
Honda/Acura Automatic Transmission Fluid
Engine Oil - Whatever the car has been getting
Coolant - Whatever you want. I generally run a 70/30 Water/Prestone mix with some Water Wetter in the Spring/Summer/Fall, and a 40/60 Water/Prestone mix in the winter.
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Re: Recommended fluids?

To add to that, it's best to use filtered water in your coolant mixture.
And change that atf often as in 15k or 6 months max. There are parts in those trannies that get overheated on long trips. Keeping fresh atf aids that. Some change it, drive a few miles and change it again. See unless you flush some old fluid remains. Changing it twice gets most of the old out.

Water Wetter...is that like that 'purple ice' Royal Purple makes to make your coolant more 'slippery' dbd?
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Re: Recommended fluids?

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Water Wetter...is that like that 'purple ice' Royal Purple makes to make your coolant more 'slippery' dbd?
I've never looked into Purple Ice but I'm assuming they have the same function. I started using Water Wetter a few years back when Project Car Magazine did a review on it. If I remember right, using like 8 oz. of Water Wetter with your normal amounts of coolant and water reduced idle temps by ~20* Fahrenheit, reduced cruising temps about ~5-8* Fahrenheit, and reduced max load temps by about ~15* Fahrenheit. Not that I ever had problems overheating but, why not. :) It's good stuff. Obviously, in Forced Induction applications, you would see even bigger temperature decreases. I have a few friends that run nothing but water and Water Wetter in their boosted cars in the summer months.
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Re: Recommended fluids?

Agreed, straight water+water wetter is the way to go on a worked motor since it is so much more thermally efficient than coolant+water, but for daily driving it's hardly necessary. If you go down this path get one with a rust inhibitor too otherwise... well you get the point.

I looked into it some time ago and in this cold climate I'd probably run a 10% coolant concentrate just to stop it freezing with 90% demineralised water + water wetter, but it's important to up the pressure in the system to at least 1.3bar to stop it from boiling with such a low coolant ratio. A 50:50 ratio is fine for most climates in the stock cooling system, most coolant manufacturers state you can go 40:60 in either direction, sometimes up to 70% coolant, but since demineralised water is really cheap then why bother? Most places sell a 50:50 premix to take the thinking out of it, but generally will cost more than mixing it yourself. DO NOT USE TAP WATER!!! I've seen people recommend sticking the garden hose in the top of the block to flush out all the old coolant instead of using the drain bolt, but then you just end up with a block full of dirty tap water.

Definitley use OEM Honda power steering and auto transmission fluid. Any DOT3 brake fluid should be fine, unless the car gets worked pretty hard a high temp fluid shouldn't be necessary. Engine oil can be whatever you want too, stock would be 5W30 or 10W30 which is fine for most climates, run a bit thicker if your mileage is high, semi-synthetic will be good enough too.

Brands are not that important, all the good ones are pretty much as good as all the others. Generally something is either too cheap to be good, or too good to be cheap.

Only other fluids in the car are washer fluid and fuel, so I think you're covered.
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