"Patrick" wrote in message
> In news:firstname.lastname@example.org,
>> i took it in before the warranty expired (i''m at 35k) and they
>> finally heard the noise and diagnosed it as a bad water pump and a bad
>> tensioner. they replaced both under warranty.
>> just letting you all know that you should use honda fluids only
> I disagree strongly. Ethylene glycol is ethylene glycol, and I've used a
> 50/50 mix of the cheapest antifreeze w/ water in both Hondas I've owned
> retired without any water pump problems. The first lasted 355K and the
> second 346K miles before I retired them.
There was a time that was true, and it wasn't so long ago. Even 15 years ago
most cars used plain ol' ethylene green ehtylene glycol antifreeze, although
a few cars were beginning to use the weird red/orange/pink coolants. I was
even considered odd because I used demineralized water instead of water from
the garden hose to dilute antifreeze rather than tap water. Whatever
additives they had just weren't a big deal.
Now the specialized coolants with specific additives are the norm. The
unofficial Honda FAQ covers it fairly well at
and the other links from
there. To tell the truth, I can't keep track of what will work where, so I
go with the specified coolant from the dealer. I know it costs more than the
exact same thing in an auto parts store, but I can be sure I'm not getting
something that will damage the engine.
Mike >> Stay informed about: use honda coolant!