Rad Flush?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Guest, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Should I do a rad flush on my 3-year-old Honda with only 48,000kms (30,000
    miles) on it, or should I wait until 96,000 Kms? Also, does anyone know of
    a good site that shows how to do a rad flush?


    Guest, Jul 8, 2006
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    Elle Guest

    From where are you getting your numbers? Do you have the
    owner's manual for your 2003 CR-V? I would follow it for (1)
    replacement interval; (2) directions on draining and
    filling. For your CR-V, all a flush is:

    1. Drain old coolant
    2. Fill with ordinary tap water; drain; repeat until tap
    water comes out clean.
    3. Fill with Honda OEM coolant (though some of us here think
    the orange Havoline Dexcool is just as good).

    Follow the owner's manual's directions for purging the
    system of air. It may take over a half hour for the engine
    to heat up enough to cause the cooling fan to come on twice.

    I see the owner's manual at
    https://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/logon.asp says your
    coolant need not be replaced until 10 years or 120k miles
    (192k km) passes (then five years/60k miles).
    Elle, Jul 8, 2006
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    You're so right Elle! In fact, there's a sticker on the inside of my hood
    that states that coolant should be changed in 120 months which is 10 years
    (12months X 10). I find it hard to believe that coolant will last that

    Guest, Jul 8, 2006
  4. Guest

    Elle Guest

    Right, I hear you. Still, I would trust Honda on this.
    Especially given the price they charge for their fancy
    anti-freeze coolant! :)
    Elle, Jul 9, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    aren't you the person that wanted to change the fuel filer after only
    48kkm? dude, buy the service manual, then read it. that's much better
    use of your time and money than obsessive premature mucking about like
    this. or get a hobby.
    jim beam, Jul 9, 2006
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    use of your time and money than obsessive premature mucking about like
    Listen, I have plenty of hobbies! Secondly, When I took my vehicle into the
    dealer for safety recall issues, they gave me a maintained schedule. The
    maintenance schedule states: "The Honda West Service Maintenance Schedule is
    based on the Manufactures Required Maintenance services and additional
    services recommended for the "severe" driving conditions in Alberta, caused
    by climate and road conditions."
    Then the schedule goes on to list the following service recommendations:
    Coolant replacement -3 years; Fuel Filter Replacement -48,000 Kms; Power
    steering oil replacement -72, 000 Kms; and on and on it goes. SO IF THE
    WHAT IS HE SUPPOSED TO DO? I fortunately use the power of the Internet!
    When one pays $35,000 for a new vehicle, I don't want to "muck" about, I
    want to do it right!
    Guest, Jul 10, 2006
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    Elle Guest

    Beamer, again evidently really not wanting to help people
    Excellent point, and a good one for the archives.

    I just checked the Canadian Honda site's maintenance
    schedule, and for your 2003 CR-V, it also says 10 years/192
    km. Sometimes there are differences between what's required
    in Canada, because it often does demand more "severe" wear
    and tear on certain systems.

    You are 100% correct to ask for an explanation of the
    inconsistency. People need to know that when it comes to
    routine maintenance, the dealers often are trying to sell
    unnecessary services. This is a great example.

    You go ahead and keep asking questions. Anyone discouraging
    this should not be spending time on this newsgroup.
    Elle, Jul 10, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    then buy the factory service manual and read the maintenance
    schedules!!! that's not hard is it? coolant doesn't "wear out", it
    simply ages, as per the book. your constant bleating with "should i do
    this premature work or that premature work" is a total waste of
    electrons - spend them on google instead.
    jim beam, Jul 10, 2006
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