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First of all I hope everyone is healthy and safe , I have a 98 Honda CR-V that seems to have not received so much love from the previous owner, I just performed the oil change to get it out of the way however I just did the coolant flush and I noticed only 2 quarts came out. I know it takes in 4 quarts but I only removed the drain plug so I was wondering did I need to remove the lower radiator hose as well for the other two missing quarts ?!? Also I filled up the radiator cap with only two quarts before it went to the neck which surprised me as to why I am wondering if I still need to take the other two quarts out ? I ran the car after filling it up with just the two quarts and some of the coolant went to overflow tank which I originally had empty. I didn’t wait for the fans to kick in but I already checked that they’re working by turning ac on (both fans started right up) after a while the coolant goes down but not immediately or at least 5 minutes after but I leave it for a long time after I shut it off again and the coolant goes away from the cap neck . Should I not keep filling it up ? Im wondering if I have a bad head gasket now as well, any help will be appreciated
 

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Standard coolant flush procedure is listed in this thread.

 

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Standard coolant flush procedure is listed in this thread.

Thank you for that !!! So I’m kind of scared to try this method out now because I noticed that there’s residue when I check the overflow container, I don’t know if I’m paranoid but I’m kind of afraid that I might have bad head gasket still, there’s no smoke coming out of the muffler but when I ran the car this morning it started to smoke from the engine,also when I turn the car on it starts revving up by itself around the 1500’s for a little and that’s when the smoke comes out I am showing a picture of the overflow tank for you guys to see * update I just took out the drain plug for coolant and it looks like this * third picture
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That residue is somewhat normal.

If you're getting milky oil, or you can smell exhaust in the coolant, those are the usual signs of a blown head gasket.
 

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A block testing kit is the best way to verify if you have a blown head gasket. Its a relatively cheap kit and its not to hard to use. I'm new to this forum but I'm a master Honda/ Acura tech for over 15 years. So I'm not sure if I can post an Amazon link to a test kit. If you decide to get one I prefer a 2 chamber kit to avoid coolant contamination to the block testing fluid. Im sure YouTube has plenty of videos showing how they work. Good luck.
 

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A block testing kit is the best way to verify if you have a blown head gasket. Its a relatively cheap kit and its not to hard to use. I'm new to this forum but I'm a master Honda/ Acura tech for over 15 years. So I'm not sure if I can post an Amazon link to a test kit. If you decide to get one I prefer a 2 chamber kit to avoid coolant contamination to the block testing fluid. Im sure YouTube has plenty of videos showing how they work. Good luck.
I got a block testing kit from Amazon. Easy to use. Cost around $37.00 I need a new head gasket.
 

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First of all I hope everyone is healthy and safe , I have a 98 Honda CR-V that seems to have not received so much love from the previous owner, I just performed the oil change to get it out of the way however I just did the coolant flush and I noticed only 2 quarts came out. I know it takes in 4 quarts but I only removed the drain plug so I was wondering did I need to remove the lower radiator hose as well for the other two missing quarts ?!? Also I filled up the radiator cap with only two quarts before it went to the neck which surprised me as to why I am wondering if I still need to take the other two quarts out ? I ran the car after filling it up with just the two quarts and some of the coolant went to overflow tank which I originally had empty. I didn’t wait for the fans to kick in but I already checked that they’re working by turning ac on (both fans started right up) after a while the coolant goes down but not immediately or at least 5 minutes after but I leave it for a long time after I shut it off again and the coolant goes away from the cap neck . Should I not keep filling it up ? Im wondering if I have a bad head gasket now as well, any help will be appreciated
I edited your title to remove the all caps. Please do not use all caps on this forum.
 
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