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LeftOfSanity
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join:2005-11-06
Dover, DE

Changing Auto-Tranny Fluid on 96 Civic DX

I see alot of old posts about using only ATF Z1 tranny oil for Honda's.

Is there any alternative to this? Or do i need this specific fluid?
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cdru
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Honda DW-1 ATF - $6.39. Don't be cheap. A few bucks extra spent now can save a lot of money down the road if/when you have to do it right.


aurgathor

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reply to LeftOfSanity
There are many ATF's that claim ATF Z1 compatibility, like this .
Works fine in my car, but I have a Ford.
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cdru
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said by aurgathor:

There are many ATF's that claim ATF Z1 compatibility, like this .
Works fine in my car, but I have a Ford.

Some people on forums have reported less then stellar results when using "universal" ATF. Is it the fluid? Marginal component(s) that would have had the same effect with the "proper" fluid? Placebo effect? Who knows.

There's only a dollar or two difference per quart between the cheapest ATF and the DW-1. Even if you are doing a complete flush that still only about, what, $20 ($2/quart * 10 quarts) difference for something that you're rarely doing.


aurgathor

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I never looked at prices of Honda lubricants -- but I do know that sometimes factory liquids can be expensive.

I think that with a few exceptions like the Ford F, and CVT fluids, most of the ATFs are not that far from each other, and so if a major maker claims that its ATF meets whatever specs, I tend to believe them.
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