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Hi,

I'm inspecting the brakes, and changing the brake fluid. In the Honda manual, it says to only use Honda approved brake fluid, using non-Honda brake fluid could result in corrosion? What have/are other people doing? Any thoughts? Is brake fluid brake fluid, ie. DOT03 = Honda DOT03??
 

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Hi jl47,

In theory DOT3 should be nearly identical in performance specs. But there are only minimal corrosion "performance" specs for brake fluid. IMO the biggest "risk" is in using the cheapest no name brand you can find. IIRC there was a real world situation within the last 10 years of some _very_ bad DOT3 fluid imported and subsequent brake system failures / damage. Rare but potentially catastrophic should the brakes fail in the wrong place and time. :(

With that said Honda brand is one of the superior DOT3's available with additional corrosion inhibitors. But any "difference" will take a long time to become evident. Your also buying a DOT3 brand that has limited and well controlled distribution channels so the possibility of getting a "bad" batch is as close to zero as is humanly possible to provide.

What's most "critical" for a long and lower cost brake system life is timely service. So choose Honda if you want the best, but another quality name brand changed at the appropriate time will be better than too long with either.

HTH! :)
 

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We have aluminum calipers which is rare for most cars. The only good reason to get non-honda brake fluid is it you need high temperature brake fluid for lapping the Insight on race tracks. If you don't plan on doing that then I suggest getting the quality Honda brake fluid. Even doing lots of auto-x does not require high temperature brake fluild. The brake fluid warning helps deter people from making warranty claims or suing when they experience brake problems using cheap brake fluids.
 
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