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Old 17 Jun 2006, 07:31 am
richard48@webtv.net
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What would be an ok alternative to Honda Brand coolant for my 98 Civic
? Keep hearing if you don't use Honda brand, your asking for trouble,
and I just can't believe that.

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Old 17 Jun 2006, 08:07 am
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Default Re: Coolant

I and some others here use the orange Havoline Dexcool. It
has some commentary on the packaging suggesting it's okay
for Honda's aluminum engines.

I have been using it since 2002 without problems. Changed it
once since then, last year. Looked pretty clean, with maybe
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of brown and white sandy residue coming
out.

Do not use Prestone green or Prestone anything.

<richard48@webtv.net> wrote
> What would be an ok alternative to Honda Brand coolant
> for my 98 Civic
> ? Keep hearing if you don't use Honda brand, your asking
> for trouble,
> and I just can't believe that.
>



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Old 17 Jun 2006, 08:47 am
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richard48@webtv.net wrote:
> What would be an ok alternative to Honda Brand coolant for my 98 Civic
> ? Keep hearing if you don't use Honda brand, your asking for trouble,
> and I just can't believe that.
>

i've been using orange extended life prestone for years and have never
had a problem. it's aluminum safe, meets g.m.'s dex-cool spec, and from
woolmort, doesn't cost too much. next thing is to use distilled water
as dilutant - prevents minerals crudding up the system and initiating
corrosion.
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Old 17 Jun 2006, 12:28 pm
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The reason for the Honda recomendation is it lubricates the water pump,
which if fails is a major cost. So why kick a sleeping dog, stick with the
Honda anti freeze.

Tom

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Old 17 Jun 2006, 01:35 pm
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For the life of me, I can understand WHY you want to use other than Honda,
unless it's not available. Even if it cost a few bux more, you are not
changing it every day, so why take a chance?

G-Man


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> ? Keep hearing if you don't use Honda brand, your asking for trouble,
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Old 17 Jun 2006, 02:16 pm
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"G-Man" <shoot.digital@gmail.com> wrote
> For the life of me, I can understand WHY you want to use
> other than Honda,


For the life of you, you can't understand that it's more
convenient to buy orange Havoline Dexcool at Wal-Mart for a
lot less money?


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Old 17 Jun 2006, 03:30 pm
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Again, how freakin' often are you changing this stuff? And to be honest,
going to my dealer is a LOT easier than getting in and out of Wal-Fart! :-)

But hey, to each his own!

G-Man


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> "G-Man" <shoot.digital@gmail.com> wrote
>> For the life of me, I can understand WHY you want to use other than
>> Honda,

>
> For the life of you, you can't understand that it's more convenient to buy
> orange Havoline Dexcool at Wal-Mart for a lot less money?
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Old 17 Jun 2006, 08:14 pm
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Elle wrote:
>
> "G-Man" <shoot.digital@gmail.com> wrote
> > For the life of me, I can understand WHY you want to use
> > other than Honda,

>
> For the life of you, you can't understand that it's more
> convenient to buy orange Havoline Dexcool at Wal-Mart for a
> lot less money?




There are certain items that one should ensure that are OEM but
antifreeze ain't on of 'em.

If large manufacturers like Prestone etc. were offering products that
were clearly not compatible, they would be loaded with lawsuits in
today's litigant society.

I think (as others have mentioned) that the more important ingredient is
distilled water as the diluting agent.

JT
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Old 19 Jun 2006, 08:49 am
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How about Prestone, 5/150 Extended Life coolant ?

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Old 19 Jun 2006, 09:10 am
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I haven't seen reports on it, one way or the other, here.
The orange Havoline Dexcool is proven, in my mind, based on
reports here and my own experience.

I would think the prices are similar for the Prestone
extended life and Havoline Dexcool and so would go with
what's proven for now.

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