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Old 22 May 2010, 06:31 am
Bob
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Default Honda Branded Anti Freeze: Necessary ?

Hi,

How necessary in your expert opinions is it to use Honda branded
anti-freeze ?

The 50-50 % Prestone stuff they sell says that it is O.K. for "all and
any" cars.

True ?

Thanks.
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Old 22 May 2010, 06:46 am
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Default Re: Honda Branded Anti Freeze: Necessary ?

Bob wrote:
> Hi,
>
> How necessary in your expert opinions is it to use Honda branded
> anti-freeze ?
>
> The 50-50 % Prestone stuff they sell says that it is O.K. for "all and
> any" cars.
>
> True ?
>
> Thanks.


I'm not sure that there are any true experts here...... ;-)

Even "professional" mechanics will have different answers to this
question, ranging from "it's all the same stuff", to "use anything but
the Honda brand at your peril".

When I am purchasing a used car, I check to see how often the coolant
was changed.
The brand of fluid does not concern me, and I have been using Prestone
and similar brands without issue in all of my motor vehicles for almost
25 years.

Pat
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Old 22 May 2010, 08:47 am
jim beam
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Default Re: Honda Branded Anti Freeze: Necessary ?

On 05/22/2010 04:46 AM, pws wrote:
> Bob wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> How necessary in your expert opinions is it to use Honda branded
>> anti-freeze ?
>>
>> The 50-50 % Prestone stuff they sell says that it is O.K. for "all and
>> any" cars.
>>
>> True ?
>>
>> Thanks.

>
> I'm not sure that there are any true experts here...... ;-)
>
> Even "professional" mechanics will have different answers to this
> question, ranging from "it's all the same stuff", to "use anything but
> the Honda brand at your peril".
>
> When I am purchasing a used car, I check to see how often the coolant
> was changed.
> The brand of fluid does not concern me, and I have been using Prestone
> and similar brands without issue in all of my motor vehicles for almost
> 25 years.
>
> Pat


if you need proof that coolant quality matters, read this:
http://www.dexcoolsettlement.com/court.php3

further reading:
http://pages.infinit.net/mcrides/eng...ne_coolant.htm

all this said, a quality non-silicate coolant, with a good corrosion
inhibitor package, with de-ionized water, should be safe enough. if you
don't /know/ it's non-silicate, and you don't /know/ it has a good
corrosion inhibitor package, sticking with the manufacturer brand is the
guaranteed safe way to go.

--
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Old 22 May 2010, 12:48 pm
pws
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Default Re: Honda Branded Anti Freeze: Necessary ?

jim beam wrote:
> On 05/22/2010 04:46 AM, pws wrote:
>> Bob wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> How necessary in your expert opinions is it to use Honda branded
>>> anti-freeze ?
>>>
>>> The 50-50 % Prestone stuff they sell says that it is O.K. for "all and
>>> any" cars.
>>>
>>> True ?
>>>
>>> Thanks.

>>
>> I'm not sure that there are any true experts here...... ;-)
>>
>> Even "professional" mechanics will have different answers to this
>> question, ranging from "it's all the same stuff", to "use anything but
>> the Honda brand at your peril".
>>
>> When I am purchasing a used car, I check to see how often the coolant
>> was changed.
>> The brand of fluid does not concern me, and I have been using Prestone
>> and similar brands without issue in all of my motor vehicles for almost
>> 25 years.
>>
>> Pat

>
> if you need proof that coolant quality matters, read this:
> http://www.dexcoolsettlement.com/court.php3
>
> further reading:
> http://pages.infinit.net/mcrides/eng...ne_coolant.htm
>
> all this said, a quality non-silicate coolant, with a good corrosion
> inhibitor package, with de-ionized water, should be safe enough. if you
> don't /know/ it's non-silicate, and you don't /know/ it has a good
> corrosion inhibitor package, sticking with the manufacturer brand is the
> guaranteed safe way to go.


That makes sense to me. Thanks for the links and information.

I have always used a major brand over the econo stuff anyway, which is
probably a very good thing.

Pat

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Old 23 May 2010, 04:58 am
Tony Harding
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Default Re: Honda Branded Anti Freeze: Necessary ?

On 05/22/10 07:31, Bob wrote:
> Hi,
>
> How necessary in your expert opinions is it to use Honda branded
> anti-freeze ?
>
> The 50-50 % Prestone stuff they sell says that it is O.K. for "all and
> any" cars.


OEM for me.
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Old 23 May 2010, 07:20 am
Brian Smith
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On 5/23/2010 5:58 AM, Tony Harding wrote:
>
> OEM for me.


The smart decision.
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Old 24 May 2010, 02:05 pm
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One problem that may occur: In the highly unlikely problem of a water pump
failure or other cooling system failure your warranty claim for repair may
be declined due to use of non-recommended fluids. I think that may be a
smaller problem considering the damage that may occur if it is not
warranted.
Consider that.
Howard
"Bob" <rgsros@notme.invalid> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> How necessary in your expert opinions is it to use Honda branded
> anti-freeze ?
>
> The 50-50 % Prestone stuff they sell says that it is O.K. for "all and
> any" cars.
>
> True ?
>
> Thanks.



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Old 24 May 2010, 06:17 pm
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"Howard" <howard@nothere.com> wrote in message
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>
> One problem that may occur: In the highly unlikely problem of a water pump
> failure or other cooling system failure your warranty claim for repair may
> be declined due to use of non-recommended fluids. I think that may be a
> smaller problem considering the damage that may occur if it is not
> warranted.
> Consider that.
> Howard
> "Bob" <rgsros@notme.invalid> wrote in message
> news:ht8fao$v6p$1@news.eternal-september.org...
>> Hi,
>>
>> How necessary in your expert opinions is it to use Honda branded
>> anti-freeze ?
>>
>> The 50-50 % Prestone stuff they sell says that it is O.K. for "all and
>> any" cars.
>>
>> True ?
>>
>> Thanks.

>
>

In my anecdotal experience of owning 5 Hondas, your best bet is Honda
fluids. Motor oil might be the exception.

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