Engine & Gearbox Which oil make and version is best for 1.8L Petrol FR-V?

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  1. s168 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I've a 2008 1.8L Petrol Automatic FR-V with 68k miles on the clock. I'm planning to buy the oil and filters for it and pay the garage for the labour to do the work. Which oil should I be using for it? Should I get the Castrol Edge 0W-30 / 5W-30 only? I'm looking at the Petronas Syntium 5000 AV Engine Oil 5W-30 4ltr bottle (https://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/...ngine-parts1/engine-oils/?521772531&1&cc5_247) and wondering if anyone has any experience of this oil? The price seems premium enough. Thanks.
     
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  2. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Honda recommend HFE-20 (0W-20) oil. There is also a Castrol Edge H 0W-20 that is available.
    5W-30 grade would be the second choice. Many of the online sites/sellers don't stock 0W-20, so the steer you towards what they do have.
     
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    Is that for all Honda petrol engines or for that specific engine? I think mine is the R18A1 engine.
     
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  4. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Current recommendations for your 2008, 1.8 petrol FR-V.
     
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    mate you have been given correct advice 0W20 as a second choice use 5W30 and decent oil filter....
     

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  6. s168 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thank you both of you. Much appreciated.
     
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    hello mate can I just add one side point with your FR-V being automatic only use Honda ATF DW1 in gearbox mate...
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    I've not touched the gearbox at all. Changing gearbox oil is something I've never done before. Any idea how frequently this should be changed?
     
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  9. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Every 75K or 8 years, thereafter, every 50k or 4 years.
    Therefore, based on the mileage you've stated on your garage entry, it should have been done 2 years ago. Do you know if it was?
     
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    The seller I bought the car from said they didn't have the service history book, but last year I called Honda Direct and it shows it has FHSH up to 2015 with 43k miles on the clock. There was an oil change done in 2016 when it changed owners, and I bought it last August with 61k on the clock. I've just had it serviced a week ago (oil, oil filter, air filter plus aircon regas and new front brake pads and 4 new tyres all round too). As there are no formal records kept I am just going to assume that the auto gearbox oil hasn't been changed. Is there any way for me to inspect the gearbox oil at all to determine if it's been recently changed or not?
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    Actually, is this something that I can change myself? For engine oil changes I normally drain the oil out from the oil pan. Is there such a bolt to remove for the gearbox oil or would this normally be vacuum siphoned out of a dipstick hole somewhere? The last time I checked a few months ago the transmission fluid looked clean and pinkish red. No burnt smell, no dark colour so I just thought all was OK.
     
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  11. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Can they tell you which dealership carried out this service? If so, call them and ask if their records show exactly what was done.
     
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    Yeah so I've already called those dealerships before but they don't hold detailed records. Just a record of the number plate and a note stating "routine service and MOT" carried out plus a record of the mileage.
     
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  13. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    If it was me, I'd change it. Better to be safe than sorry.
     
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    mate from a personal view price of the correct fluid for the gearbox, it cheaper to change than take risk on if it has been done or not..
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    Changing transmission oil is not as easy as a normal engine oil change. There are two bolts at the side: one to fill and one to drain. But you see.... filling through such a 'vertical' positioned hole needs to be done with a tube and a filler from above. Personally I only have experience with changing transmission oil from the manual transmissions from our cars. Never done an auto. But an auto needs more frequent changing than manual. Don't save on this.
     
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  17. s168 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thanks guys. Think I'll leave it to my independent Honda specialist to change the transmission oil on both my car and my wife's Civic. Will just book it to be done in the coming weeks. I agree it's best to do it rather than not. Peace of mind and all that
     
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    mate one big word of advice when comes to honda autos mate sure correct fluid is used...
     
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  19. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Please do add your wife's Civic to the Club Garage. There's always room for another Honda. :gohonda:
     
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  20. s168 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I've had the transmission oil on both mine and my wife's car changed at our local Honda dealership today (Lookers Honda in Orpington). Costs £75 per car so I think that's a small price to pay for peace of mind. Our cars seem to both drive a bit smoother than before, although it's not too noticeable. Thanks for the advice guys.
     
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