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Valvoline ATV 10W-40 - I can't recommend it

Changed the oil before the ride today, and I think it lets the clutches slip too much. First time it's ever had trouble on hills and pulling up rocks. Going back to Honda oil.

EDIT: I have an 04 Rancher 400AT TRX400FA with the Hondamatic. I wanted to point that out because it's probably that the Hondamatic is picky about oil.
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What year and model ATV do you have? Just curious

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Changed the oil before the ride today, and I think it lets the clutches slip too much. First time it's ever had trouble on hills and pulling up rocks. Going back to Honda oil.
Thanks for the info. I CAN recommend Honda HP4S motor oil. I've used it now for two oil changes in my 2016 Honda Rancher and I'm very impressed. I now have 73 hours and 680 miles on this oil change and the oil still looks as clean as the day I put it in, and I haven't had to add any either. I will change it soon, but I've noticed with HP4S the DCT transmission feels slicker and the engine sounds less labored in below-freezing start ups.
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Interesting- thanks for sharing. I had thought about switching to the Valvoline, because it is easier to get (at Walmart), than going to the nearest Honda dealership. I know that I can order it online, but I hadn't gotten that far, yet. I've always used the Honda oil, so I'll stick with it.

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Changed the oil before the ride today, and I think it lets the clutches slip too much. First time it's ever had trouble on hills and pulling up rocks. Going back to Honda oil.
Hopefully when you switch back it returns to normal. Do let us know how it turns out....
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What year and model ATV do you have? Just curious
It's a 2004 TRX400FA (Rancher 400 AT). Having the Hondamatic probably makes it more sensitive than others.

This thing has always been like having cheat mode on hills. Climbs anything. But not yesterday. I got stuck on a rocks going up a hill a few times. It wasn't fun.

I'm assuming it's the oil because I changed it Saturday and it was fine before that.
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Looks like this guy trashed his 400AT clutch using Valvoline ATV too...

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Sounds like Valvoline has some explaining to do if their oil is causing wet clutch failures.


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The 400 AT is known to crap the bed.. Another words their HONDATROUBLMATIC crap out on a regular basis..
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Rustler I along with many members can truly tell you that synthetic atv oil is a GREAT CHOICE I run Mobil 1 $T in my 300 and it extended my drain intervals further than 600 miles, if you look around you'll find some good oils out there. Plus a synthetic will flow better when cold and lubricate better so you dont have to worry about anything.
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