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2007 Honda Pilot EX 2WD 4dr

2007 Honda Pilot
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
18 mpg city / 24 mpg hwy
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February 27, 2013, 7:04 am

Daniel B

Question: Using non-Honda fluids can cause corrosion and decrease life of system

The Honda owners manual says to always use Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid DOT 3. "Using any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system."
It says the same for automatic transmission fluid and differential oil. It says others can be used on temporary basis, but replace with Honda products as soon as convenient. Is it true that non-Honda equivalent products will decrease the life of the components? I want to keep this vehicle for another 10 years. Thanks.

March 2, 2013, 9:01 am

Ron W
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Well, I am not going to contradict what the factory says.

But what i will tell you is DOT 3 brake fluid is an industry standard that all fluids with that label must meet or exceed the requirements of any vehicle calling for DOT 3 brake fluid. Same is true for all other fluids in your car. There are industry standards all aftermarket fluids must meet.

If you are worried about it, just use Honda fluid, but just so you know for the most part, I personally don't use factory fluid in any vehicles I own.

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