At 140,000 changed trans fluid using genuine Honda fluid, aftermarket filter and a bottle of Lucas trans additive. Not one shudder over 6000 miles later.
I'd start using Valvoline Full Synthetic MaxLife ATF as soon as possible. It's a thinner fluid and will flo much better through the filter that Honda, in all their infinite wisdom, made impossible to change without pulling the transmission apart from the engine.At 140,000 changed trans fluid using genuine Honda fluid, aftermarket filter and a bottle of Lucas trans additive. Not one shudder over 6000 miles later.
Many people do recommend using Honda DW-1 fluid. It could just be your fluid is old and changing the fluid out will solve the shudder.I thought people say only use Honda Genuine fluids? Will Lucas harm the engine and does it really help the transmission?
In your 2011 5-speed, I wouldn't think twice about switching to another transmission fluid that is full synthetic. I'm using Valvoline MaxLife ATF in two 5-speeds and my transmissions have benefited greatly with the thinner fluid. Including it's ability to run cooler.I thought people say only use Honda Genuine fluids? Will Lucas harm the engine and does it really help the transmission?
Interesting suggestion.I switch to Valvoline MaxLife ATF with Just over 100k miles on my Crosstour (warranty over). Really didn't expect to keep the vehicle as long as we had. We normally trade. They stopped making Crosstours in 2015, so I couldn't trade for another, so, we kept the 2012, doing the maintenance. That includes D&Fs with VML ATF. After being on this forum, learning about the un-servicable ATF filter, and all the shifting issues others have had staying on DW-1 factory fluid, this vehicle being at 272k miles now I doubt seriously could have been achieved without 30k mile ATF changes using VML to prevent transmission failure.
There are a large number of Piloteers (most who DIY) that have made the switch to Valvoline MaxLife ATF years ago. Millions of miles logged using this product, and simply, it does what it says on the back of the bottle. The other bonuses are it's Full Synthetic, where DW-1 is not, and the price is much lower ($17.97 per 1gal at Wal-Mart).Interesting suggestion.
So far the ATF and engine coolant I use is Honda, as they made a "big deal" to only use genuine Honda products for those two items. To give Honda kudos: so far all I've had to replace has been normal stuff that wears out (brake pads, 1 set of front rotors, 1 set of rear shocks, fluids, tires, car batteries, headlight bulbs, etc).
For those non-ATF and non-coolant items, I just order from my local auto parts vendor, with success, so far (Kragen/O'Reilly).
At 10yrs old, it's been a turn-the-key-and-go reliable car for My Little Family, so far.
Now what Piloteers articles mention, is when I do the timing belt replacement (and also replace all related pulleys, water pump, etc), is also get a kit with specific manufacturers for those parts, so I will do that.