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Genuine Honda power steering fluid...do I have to use this?

You do not need to use "Genuine Honda" power steering fluid. You do, however, need to use power steering fluid made for Hondas/Acuras. If you look at any manufacturer specific manual, you'll see they ...
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Genuine Honda power steering fluid...do I have to use this?

Honda genuine power steering fluid is different than other available choices. The formula is proprietary and not published. It was developed in the early 1990's to solve a significant chatter symptom ...
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Fluid Pumps for Various Maintenance Items

Provided that the wetted parts of your pump are compatible with the liquid you intend to pump, and that you clean the pump well when changing to a different liquid, you should have no problem. May I ...
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should i change my transmission fluid it’s dark brown (picture is provided)

Transmission fluid should always be changed per owners manual. If fluid is brown it definitely needs to be changed. Many myths have been created about not changing fluid. Most of these start because ...
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Checking Transmission Fluid Condition

The colour is too dark, this fluid should be changed. As mentioned in the comments, automatic transmission fluid lives in 2 places: in the drain pan and in the torque converter. Some cars have a ...
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Why am i losing tranny fluid but no leak

If you are having to add fluid regularly then you do have a leak - transmission fluid doesn't just evaporate, it has to go somewhere for the level to go down. The leak may be small and hard to detect, ...
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Can clutch fluid be low for any reason other than a leak?

Clutch fluid doesn't go anywhere the only reason to get your fluid level go down is a leak. However if you drained the system for some reason (parts replacement or whatever) there might be air trapped ...
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2011 Pathfinder leaking green fluid?

Regardless of the engine (v6 or v8), this is most definitely a coolant leak. Looks like you are losing enough coolant you should probably get that looked at as soon as possible. Is it an emergency? I ...
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Can washer fluid catch fire if accidentally spilled on a hot engine?

A quick search for "washer fluid MSDS" yields a material safety datasheet that lists the flammability limits for methanol as follows: Lower Explosive Limit (LEL): 6 % (by volume) Upper Explosive ...
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Is it harmful to run out of washer fluid?

As most pumps have the motor external to the fluid then cooling is not an issue as they are only designed for intermittant use. The pump is usually a vane type design so there is little or no friction ...
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High mileage vehicle: Long drive before and after maintenance

If your car is running well and you're happy with it I would leave it alone for the trip and just drive it. The most important thing is that your car gets you there and back without trouble, and ...
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Will changing my transmission fluid cause problems?

Sorry for the long response in advance. Transmission fluid changes are a hotly debated subject so there's a lot of information out there. This is my attempt to try to boil it down so you can make an ...
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Will changing my transmission fluid cause problems?

In the Owner's Manual (page 11-5) it is recommended at 100,000 miles (under normal driving conditions). So you are only about 10% overdue. It is recommended to be changed at 50,000 miles if the ...
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Should a bushing or sealant be used when bolting a gun safe to the cab floor?

If this is going to be a permanent installation, I'd go about doing two things: At every mounting bolt, put a grommet/bushing between the safe and the floor of the truck. This will provide a bit of ...
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2011 Pathfinder leaking green fluid?

For your case, it looks like coolant is in the area of that black P clip holding the hose. Start by picking a time when you can be without the car for a while. Don't tear your ride apart on Sunday ...
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Genuine Honda power steering fluid...do I have to use this?

Here is my take: - If you are flushing the power steering fluid, it is ok to use any other brand. Since you are not mixing two blends. But if you are just topping off and you don't know what is ...
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Why different fluids in car systems

The fluids are all designed for different conditions, more viscous so they "stick" longer, working temperature ranges, behaviour under pressure ie in the engine bearings etc. Some of the early cars ...
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Terminology Question

It means that your coolant (radiator fluid) can withstand temperature as low as -35 (assuming Ferandhiet). Coolant is not just water. It includes ethylene glycol to reduce the coolants ability to ...
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Is DIY penetrating fluid safe for alloy wheels?

May I suggest a Big Hammer? Usually, alloy wheels separate from the drum just by using a hammer. I'm not sure about your situation, but the hammer trick has worked for me always. This is for cars ...
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Use Multi-Vehicle Automatic Transmission Fluid

Answer from the Star Tribune, of all places: http://www.startribune.com/brand-clearing-up-confusion-over-transmission-fluid/283401841/ The T-IV automatic transmission fluid meets industry ...
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Can washer fluid catch fire if accidentally spilled on a hot engine?

According to the Houghton Chemical website (one manufacturer), "The desired percentage of pre-mixed windshield washer fluid is 37% Methanol which yields a freeze point of –20°F." Although ...
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Clutch fluid, DOT 4 Brake Fluid

The Honda Operator's Manual states: Always use Honda DOT 3 brake fluid. If it is not available, you should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed container, as a temporary replacement. ...
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Does power steering fluid go bad quickly?

Power steering fluid can be stored for several years in a sealed container. However the standards for power steering fluid vary by manufacturer and model year. The vehicle you are driving 5 years from ...
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Brake pad is gone, piston is leaking brake fluid. Do I have to replace the caliper now too?

In a word: Yes. Replace the caliper. If it's leaking it ain't working.
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Unknown pink car fluid running low

That is the engine coolant reservoir. Add coolant until it reaches the minimum mark. Only add coolant when the engine and system is cold. It is dangerous to open the system when it is hot as it is ...
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Fluid Pumps for Various Maintenance Items

I wouldn't run the risk. If the pumps are cheap enough, and you're going to use them repeatedly, I'd buy one for each kind of fluid and label it clearly. I have one for EP90 gear oil and would ...
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How to keep my car well maintained?

Your owners manual should have a service schedule for your particular car. Here's one from a VW Beetle manual as an example (click for a larger view).
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Can low fluid levels cause a knock sensor to become faulty?

Yes, it is possible that low fluid levels can cause sensors to fail prematurely. One of the purposes of the fluid is to remove heat and if the sensor is then left to get too warm or overheated it can ...
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Add Power Steering Fluid instead of Dextron II

A couple of drops? Well, if those drops were those large ones then I would empty the reservoir (a syphon bulb works well) and refill with the correct stuff. Give it a day or two then you could repeat ...
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Does power steering fluid go bad quickly?

No, it is not as hygroscopic as brake fluid. However, it can degrade over time - especially if the level is low and it gets overheated, It tends to go brown. Normally the fluid will only need ...
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