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Old 06 Aug 2005, 02:04 am
Kofi Anim-Appiah
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Default Honda Power Steering Fluid

My PS fluid needs topping off. Is this something special I *must* get from
the dealer or can I just top-off with generic DOT3 from Autozone etc? The PS
fluid reservoir cap says to use only genuine Honda PS fluid for top-off,
though. What's the consensus? I've used generic in my Toyota for years - no
problem.

Thanks
Kofi



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Old 06 Aug 2005, 07:59 am
Steve Bigelow
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Default Re: Honda Power Steering Fluid


"Kofi Anim-Appiah" <partialresponse@comcast.net> wrote in message
newsJ-dnVY0sJhq_WnfRVn-tQ@comcast.com...
> My PS fluid needs topping off. Is this something special I *must* get from
> the dealer or can I just top-off with generic DOT3 from Autozone etc? The
> PS
> fluid reservoir cap says to use only genuine Honda PS fluid for top-off,
> though. What's the consensus? I've used generic in my Toyota for years -
> no
> problem.


Use the right stuff....it's cheap insurance.


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Old 06 Aug 2005, 08:58 am
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Default Re: Honda Power Steering Fluid

Kofi Anim-Appiah wrote:
> My PS fluid needs topping off. Is this something special I *must* get from
> the dealer or can I just top-off with generic DOT3 from Autozone etc? The PS
> fluid reservoir cap says to use only genuine Honda PS fluid for top-off,
> though. What's the consensus? I've used generic in my Toyota for years - no
> problem.
>
> Thanks
> Kofi
>

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If you put DOT 3 in there you'll probably destroy the system in about
two minutes. DOT 3 is BRAKE fluid. It strips paint. You need a little
bottle of HONDA power steering fluid.

'Curly'

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Old 06 Aug 2005, 09:03 am
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Default Re: Honda Power Steering Fluid

motsco_ _" <"motsco_ _ wrote:
> Kofi Anim-Appiah wrote:
>> My PS fluid needs topping off. Is this something special I *must*
>> get from the dealer or can I just top-off with generic DOT3 from
>> Autozone etc? The PS fluid reservoir cap says to use only genuine
>> Honda PS fluid for top-off, though. What's the consensus? I've used
>> generic in my Toyota for years - no problem.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Kofi
>>

> ------------------------------
>
> If you put DOT 3 in there you'll probably destroy the system in about
> two minutes. DOT 3 is BRAKE fluid. It strips paint. You need a little
> bottle of HONDA power steering fluid.
>
> 'Curly'


Are the specifications for Honda PS fluid any different than OTS?


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Old 06 Aug 2005, 01:29 pm
Kofi Anim-Appiah
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Default Re: Honda Power Steering Fluid

Oops,
getting my fluids mixed up. I meant generic PS fluid - not DOT3 brake fluid.

Thanks
Kofi

"motsco_ _" <"motsco_ _"@interbaun.com> wrote in message
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> Kofi Anim-Appiah wrote:
> > My PS fluid needs topping off. Is this something special I *must* get

from
> > the dealer or can I just top-off with generic DOT3 from Autozone etc?

The PS
> > fluid reservoir cap says to use only genuine Honda PS fluid for top-off,
> > though. What's the consensus? I've used generic in my Toyota for years -

no
> > problem.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Kofi
> >

> ------------------------------
>
> If you put DOT 3 in there you'll probably destroy the system in about
> two minutes. DOT 3 is BRAKE fluid. It strips paint. You need a little
> bottle of HONDA power steering fluid.
>
> 'Curly'
>



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Old 06 Aug 2005, 01:35 pm
John Horner
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Default Re: Honda Power Steering Fluid

Kofi Anim-Appiah wrote:
> My PS fluid needs topping off. Is this something special I *must* get from
> the dealer or can I just top-off with generic DOT3 from Autozone etc? The PS
> fluid reservoir cap says to use only genuine Honda PS fluid for top-off,
> though. What's the consensus? I've used generic in my Toyota for years - no
> problem.
>
> Thanks
> Kofi
>
>
>


Honda PS fluid is different from normal PS fluid. Of course no PS fluid
is "DOT3", DOT3 is Brake Fluid.

Many REAL auto parts stores carry Honda Specific PS fluid. I bought
some at the local NAPA Auto Parts. Certainly use the Honda specific
stuff by getting it at a dealer or an auto parts store.

Autozone, Kragen, etc. are not REAL auto parts stores in my book.

John

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Old 06 Aug 2005, 08:13 pm
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Default Re: Honda Power Steering Fluid

Kofi Anim-Appiah wrote:
>
> My PS fluid needs topping off. Is this something special I *must* get
> from the dealer or can I just top-off with generic DOT3 from Autozone
> etc? The PS fluid reservoir cap says to use only genuine Honda PS fluid
> for top-off, though. What's the consensus? I've used generic in my Toyota
> for years - no problem.


Using generic power steering fluid, essentially, anything other than
Honda's, will cause the seals in the power steering rack to leak. So,
unless you like giving your mechanic a lot of money, don't do this. Use
Honda fluid.

An interesting side note here is why should your system need topping off in
the first place? Is the rack or some other component already leaking? How
long have you owned your car? Maybe a prior owner or unknowledgeable
service tech has already put in the wrong fluid? It sounds like you may
need to go over your power steering sytem carefully and make sure it's ok.
Note that one potential source for leaks is the front seal on the pump.
These seals can usually be replaced depending on the year and model.

Eric
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Old 07 Aug 2005, 12:37 am
Kofi Anim-Appiah
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Default Re: Honda Power Steering Fluid

I haven't found the source of the leak but I haven't looked hard - I've
owned the car for 5 1/2 years. I'm actually just noticing the level of the
PS fluid - perhaps it's always been at the 'low' mark in the reservoir ever
since I bought the car (used). The PS pump seems easy to get to so I'll take
a better look at it.

Thanks much for the comments.
Kofi


"Eric" <say.no@spam.now> wrote in message news:42F5603B.582A1F45@spam.now...
> Kofi Anim-Appiah wrote:
> >
> > My PS fluid needs topping off. Is this something special I *must* get
> > from the dealer or can I just top-off with generic DOT3 from Autozone
> > etc? The PS fluid reservoir cap says to use only genuine Honda PS fluid
> > for top-off, though. What's the consensus? I've used generic in my

Toyota
> > for years - no problem.

>
> Using generic power steering fluid, essentially, anything other than
> Honda's, will cause the seals in the power steering rack to leak. So,
> unless you like giving your mechanic a lot of money, don't do this. Use
> Honda fluid.
>
> An interesting side note here is why should your system need topping off

in
> the first place? Is the rack or some other component already leaking?

How
> long have you owned your car? Maybe a prior owner or unknowledgeable
> service tech has already put in the wrong fluid? It sounds like you may
> need to go over your power steering sytem carefully and make sure it's ok.
> Note that one potential source for leaks is the front seal on the pump.
> These seals can usually be replaced depending on the year and model.
>
> Eric



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Old 07 Aug 2005, 12:53 am
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Default Re: Honda Power Steering Fluid

Kofi Anim-Appiah wrote:
>
> I haven't found the source of the leak but I haven't looked hard - I've
> owned the car for 5 1/2 years. I'm actually just noticing the level of the
> PS fluid - perhaps it's always been at the 'low' mark in the reservoir
> ever since I bought the car (used). The PS pump seems easy to get to so
> I'll take a better look at it.
>
> Thanks much for the comments.
> Kofi
>


By the way, what year and model is this Honda?
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Old 08 Aug 2005, 10:39 am
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xmirage2kx wrote:
> nothing wrong with autozone aslong as you are smarter than the HS kid
> they got behind the counter. Really PS fluid is PS fluid. I would say
> stick with honda, just to remain consistent. but going with something
> else shouldnt hurt. Just go with a good brand not the wal-mart
> special.
>


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It HAS TO SAY 'SUITABLE FOR HONDA' ON THE BOTTLE or you'll trash your
power steering. Read the FINE manual that came with your car.

'Curly'

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