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    Helpsos Changing antifreeze

    I can't see how to drain the coolant from the system. The only way I see is to remove the lower radiator hose. I can't find much in my shop manual. Any tips or in put is appreciated.

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    you take off the rear chrome cover where the shifter linkage is and there is the water pump the lower bolt at around 6 oclock comes out and that is the drain (it has a copper washer under the head) open the radiator cap and let her flow.

    section 6 page 5 of my downloaded manual.
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    Thks, Charlie, I saw that in my manual, but didn't think that was it. Will that also drain the reserve tank. Duh, Charlie I just rechecked my manual and low and behold under coolant replacment I didn't see it before. Thks. LOL

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    no it won't drain the reserve, I think you would need to pull that tank.

    I said piss on it and just left that little bit of old in and filled the tank to the proper level.

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    I don't think you have to swap out the antifreeze until 24,000 miles or so. Is this correct?
    I assume you use the honda premix when you do, but I have heard others of using a 50/50 mix. Feel free to share your thougths and comments.

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    24,000 or every 2 years which ever comes first

    any silicate free antifreeze will work.

    if you want to pay 3 or 4 times the money go with the Honda premix.

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    I bought some salicate free Prestone from Wat Mart for $8.00 a gal. I haven't had a chance to make the change.

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    I owe you a beer if you ever get to the East Coast. If that damn bolt was a snake, I'd been dead by now. I looked at that bolt and said that you must be crazy until I could see the small washer. Thank you and my wife thanks you because I can stop all the cussing and screaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie D View Post
    24,000 or every 2 years which ever comes first

    any silicate free antifreeze will work.

    if you want to pay 3 or 4 times the money go with the Honda premix.
    50/50 mix?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deranger View Post
    50/50 mix?
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    The 50/50 is the premix
    50% antifreeze and 50% distilled water
    never ever use tap water

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