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Manual Transmission Fluid

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by awptickes, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. awptickes

    awptickes unimpressed by you VIP

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    I know this has been driven pretty hard, but I got some conflicting information from my Honda dealer today.

    I went in, and asked to buy some Manual Transmission Fluid. The guy (a Honda certified service technician) looked at me funny, and said "It's just motor oil." When I asked to buy it, he told me "No, it's just motor oil. Use motor oil." I asked if 5w-30 is alright, and he said "Or 10W-40, or 15W-30, it doesn't matter."

    Now. Knowing what I've read, the Honda MTF has some friction modifiers in it that help prolong the life of the transmission. But why should I use it if the dealer told me not to? My car is siting at 210,000 km right now, and I will probably hit 250k by the end of the year. Should I use 10W-30 and put a friction modifier in it? I can buy the MTF online, but it seems kinda dumb to ship MTF.

    What should I do? This weekend I'm going to change fluids for the winter, swap out the summer tires for winter tires, do an alignment, check valves clearances, etc.
     
  2. Cashizslick

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    Why on earth do you wanna use honda mtf??


    You should use "Gm Synchromesh - Friction Modified". Thats the best mtf out there.


    Haha buy some quarts of that, take it to the "certified honda dealer" and take a pic of the look on his face when you remind him he told u it didnt matter what you put in there.

    Seriously tho - synchromesh ftmfw
     
  3. ek4yesSiR

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    what about torco? both tranny fluid and syn oil. is it worth the extra cash?
     
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    GM Synchromesh fm FTW!
     
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    Well, if you do not have an LSD transmission then there is no reason to care what kind of fluid you use.
     
  6. awptickes

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    So Friction Modified Penzoil Synchromesh?
     
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    thats what i would recommend. i used that in the s2k and its been pretty good so far.
     
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    no use the GM brand
     
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    :werd: :withstupid:
     
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    Bah you know what I meant.

    Non-LSD equipped tranny = motor oil/regular fluid.


    LSD-equipped = GM SYNCHROMESH FRICTION MODIFIED.
     
  11. awptickes

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    So, how does 10W-30 and Slick50 Friction Modifier sound?
     
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    Sounds like shit.


    Take everybody's advice and use :


    USE GM SYNCHROMESH FRICTION MODIFIED.


    If you want reviews on oil/t-fluid, use the search function. :search:
     
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    I wrote a review a while back on the MTF I used. To make a long story short, I used 10w-30 Exxon oil, Pennzoil Synchromesh, and Honda MTF. The Honda MTF by far felt the best and got rid of my 3rd gear grind. When I had 10w-30 in my tranny it felt better than when I used the Pennzoil stuff. I haven't had a need to try the GM stuff so I can't speak on it.

    However, if you do go with the GM stuff, make sure they give you 'GM Synchromesh Friction Modified' and not a few bottles of GM Synchromesh and a bottle of Friction Modifier. I read somewhere that GM synchromesh mixed with thier Fricton Modifier does NOT make or become the same as their Synchromesh Friction Modified fluid.
     
  14. norcalgsr

    norcalgsr Honda Master Technician

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    I haven't tried the Synchromesh yet, but I have experimented between Honda MTF and regular motor oil and the motor oil definitely caused notchier and harsher shifting immediately after changing it.
     
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    :yes:

    Synchromesh FM will make your shifts smooth as silk.
     
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    gm

    where can you get the gm synchromesh with the fristion modifier in it?
     
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    norcalgsr Honda Master Technician

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    Pretty sure the only place that sells it is the stealership.
     
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    Correct!

    See your neighborhood GM dealer.
     
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