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Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? #5242340 10/17/19 11:40 AM
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I’m wanting to change my transmission fluid. I work at a Chevrolet dealer and the only fluid they said they have is the Dexron 6. Is this okay to use?

Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: kelsdawnj] #5242344 10/17/19 11:47 AM
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What does your owner's manual say? Is that a CVT?


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Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: kschachn] #5242346 10/17/19 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by kschachn
What does your owner's manual say? Is that a CVT?

2012s only had 5 speed autos.


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Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: kelsdawnj] #5242374 10/17/19 12:13 PM
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I would only use Honda Genuine ATF DW-1 in that car. You can get it cheap enough on Amazon.


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Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: kelsdawnj] #5242418 10/17/19 12:41 PM
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Nope.


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Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: jeepman3071] #5242498 10/17/19 02:56 PM
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+1 on the Honda ATF DW-1. No way I'd put Dex 6 in that tranny.

Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: kelsdawnj] #5242516 10/17/19 03:34 PM
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I would only put DexVI in the Honda if the oil company recommends it. For example, Pennzoil Platinum LV is DexVI approved but Pennzoil also recommends it for DW1 applications. I have been using it for the past 3 or 4 years in my Odyssey and it works well...and seems to perform a little better than DW1 for towing a trailer (DW1 seemed to break down after a few towing trips whereas the shifts remained smooth with the PPLV). Otherwise DW1 worked fine for normal driving, so I would go this route unless you need a more robust fluid for specific conditions.


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Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: kelsdawnj] #5242647 10/17/19 06:14 PM
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it *might* work, but you can easily get a good ATF that meets DW1 standards, such as the popular Maxlife ATF. Another very good choice is Castrol Full Synthetic ATF smile

Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: kelsdawnj] #5243422 10/18/19 01:16 PM
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I'll alert you to what I posted in another Honda thread:

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If it specs DW-1 and before making a decision I would seriously look at the differences in chemistry between DW-1 and Valvoline MaxLife ATF:

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Original Honda DW-1™ (Part # beginning with 08200-):
Boron - 272
Silicon - 4
Sodium - 3
Calcium - 353
Magnesium - 204
Phosphorus - 2
Zinc – 320
[email protected] – 6.93 cSt
Commentary and Opinion: The chemical signature for this ATF is essentially the same as Honda’s Z-1 fluid and is indicative of fluids used in Automated Manual transmissions. To the author’s knowledge, no Step-Shift ATF chemical signature compares. Notable is the level of the Zinc compounds needed for the internals of Automated Manual transmissions.

Owners’ of Step-Shift automatic transmissions should avoid using this product in any Step-Shift automatic transmission.


Label - Valvoline MaxLife™ (Part # beginning with 773):
Boron - 272
Silicon - 2
Sodium - 8
Calcium - 230
Magnesium - 3
Phosphorus - 579
Zinc – 3
[email protected] – 5.91 cSt

Commentary and Opinion: The chemical signature for this ATF is indicative of the later Dexron and Dex/Merc series of ATF’s based on the original Dexron through the Dexron III(H)) and Dexron VI series of ATF’s. It is closely comparative to the GM Dexron VI formulations as well as to their own Dexron VI offering, and can be classified as a low Viscosity ATF. What is notable is a boost in the Ant-Wear Phosphorus compound of about 200 ppm.

The manufacturer claims coverage, or “Suitable for Use in” (no equivalency claims) for Honda/Acura’s Z-1 and DW-1. I do not see how this could be the case when compared to the DW-1 analysis above.


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Re: Can I Use Dexron 6 in my 2012 Honda Civic EX-L? [Re: kelsdawnj] #5243680 10/18/19 07:18 PM
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If you work at a chevy dealer, look up the part number for the fluid on the old Saturn Vue with the Honda Motor/Tans. That should be DW1 in a GM Bottle.

Should be the 2004 Vue with 3.5L engine.

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