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Old 15 Oct 2008, 11:01 am
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Default Best lubricants/fluids for 2005 Honda Civic?

I just purchased a 2005 Honda Civic used from a dealership today. I inspected the car and realized that it is perfect for me. It has 41,900 miles on it and the carfax only has 2 records with it being a 1 owner car. So It seems that the previous owner took very good care of the car, and I tend to do the same.So Im wondering what are the best fluids for the car? Such as the engine oil, automatic transmission fluids, brake fluids, power steering fluid, anti-freeze coolant, and what octane of gas would be best? The car is completely 100% stock.Also, Im thinking of adding a k and n cold air intake for the better gas mileage and improved horsepower, is this a good idea? thanks for all the help!
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Old 15 Oct 2008, 11:16 am
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The 2005 Civic uses a 5w20 motor oil. any quality oil like Valvoline, Castrol, Pennzoil etc. in that weight will be fine. The power steering fluid and automatic transmission fluids should be purchased from your local Honda dealer if you ever need to add or change them. Hondamatic automatic transmission fluid is the only approved fluid for that transmission and has additives that are not found in the commercial 'one blend fits all' fluids. You can use Dextron in a pinch but not for a complete fluid change; you'll need to use the Hondamatic fluid for that. Honda also sells the power steering fluid in 1 pint bottles to top that off; it would be unusual that you would need that unless you have a leak.honda uses a long life coolant that doesn't need to be changed until 105k. any commercially available long life coolant will be a suitable replacement but I don't argue with success and for once ever 100k I'll spend the few extra dollars and buy the Honda coolant.Brake fluid is regular DOT 3. the brake fluid should be changed (flushed) every 3 years according to the manual. I agree with that recommendation because brake fluid picks up water from the humidity in the air and that is what causes damage to the master cylinder over time.running the car on 87 octane gas is fine. no need to use a higher grade. you may feel the car has a bit more power with 89 octane. If its an LX model you'll notice the difference with 89 as that engine does not have the VTEC. If its an EX model you probably won't notice a difference.K&N is a good filter that will save you money over the life of the car. Be careful if you put a cold air intake on because I've see some installations where the air inlet is positioned too low and can cause you to suck in water if you drive through puddles during a rain storm and that will cause big time problems.hope that helps
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