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All Honda dealerships charge different rates. You have to call around to get the best price. A perfect example is my local dealership charges $180 to change the transmission fluid and a dealership 1.5 hours away charges $120. They are both Honda dealerships and run different prices.
 

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Why do you think it needs a 'flush'? Normal maintenance consists of a Drain and Fill at around 100K miles or 5 years. (Because this process doesn't change ALL the coolant, the subsequent service interval is reduced.)

The blue Honda TypeII coolant is VERY resistant to buildup inside, as are most OAT and HOAT coolant types. :cool:

If you are concerned about cost, look for an independent Honda specialist near you...one that knows the importance of using the correct Honda fluids. It should not cost you more than an hour's labor plus the cost of the Honda TypeII.
 

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What a timely posting!
I just sent out emails to a couple places asking for quotes to do just that, a fill and drain, on both our Honda's.
The local dealer quoted $123+tax for each car as they are the same cost. That includes the 2 gallons of Honda fluid at $24 each and a $2 disposal fee.
I'm still waiting to hear back from the local Indy repair shop that took over the Indy Honda shop's clients that I used to use. I'm hoping they are cheaper.
Only reason I'm considering having this done is because I don't want to deal with the old coolant. I hate having anyone else but me under our hood.
 

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Why do you think it needs a 'flush'? Normal maintenance consists of a Drain and Fill at around 100K miles or 5 years. (Because this process doesn't change ALL the coolant, the subsequent service interval is reduced.)

The blue Honda TypeII coolant is VERY resistant to buildup inside, as are most OAT and HOAT coolant types. :cool:

If you are concerned about cost, look for an independent Honda specialist near you...one that knows the importance of using the correct Honda fluids. It should not cost you more than an hour's labor plus the cost of the Honda TypeII.
All that my manual says is code 5 for the coolant. I just read through it today and there is no time or mileage interval. My V is a little over 5 years old now and I have never had code 5 pop up. I guess I'll be waiting for it!
 

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What a timely posting!
I just sent out emails to a couple places asking for quotes to do just that, a fill and drain, on both our Honda's.
The local dealer quoted $123+tax for each car as they are the same cost. That includes the 2 gallons of Honda fluid at $24 each and a $2 disposal fee.
I'm still waiting to hear back from the local Indy repair shop that took over the Indy Honda shop's clients that I used to use. I'm hoping they are cheaper.
Only reason I'm considering having this done is because I don't want to deal with the old coolant. I hate having anyone else but me under our hood.

Did code 5 pop up on the MM already?
 

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My V is a little over 5 years old now and I have never had code 5 pop up. I guess I'll be waiting for it!
Hope you are patient. :eek:

The Honda MM only triggers services at mileages 'near' oil changes. It does not keep track of time.

So, if you have a low mileage car, you would not see the '5' (or any other non-oil related code) even if the service is recommended in a certain time-frame in addition to miles.
 

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Hope you are patient. :eek:

The Honda MM only triggers services at mileages 'near' oil changes. It does not keep track of time.

So, if you have a low mileage car, you would not see the '5' (or any other non-oil related code) even if the service is recommended in a certain time-frame in addition to miles.
Oh okay. We just hit 63k miles. So, it may be awhile. I may do it without the code if it doesn’t pop up in a couple more years.


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Oh okay. We just hit 63k miles. So, it may be awhile. I may do it without the code if it doesn’t pop up in a couple more years.


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The "5" code will pop somewhere around 100k. If you don't put much mileage then you might want to drain/fill after 5-6 yrs.
 

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thanks to all who replied. my local honda dealer charged me $145 for a tranny and coolant drain and fill.
 

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Those are the two simplest operations on a CR-V. For the coolant in our '09s, I simply put an old jug underneath the radiator with a funnel (I was up on ramps), and drained right into the jug. I use a spare oil drain pan for the transmission fluid.

I think the maintenance interval is 100k miles for the first coolant drain/fill and 50k miles for each one thereafter. And all with Honda fluids.
 

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Those are the two simplest operations on a CR-V. For the coolant in our '09s, I simply put an old jug underneath the radiator with a funnel (I was up on ramps), and drained right into the jug. I use a spare oil drain pan for the transmission fluid.

I think the maintenance interval is 100k miles for the first coolant drain/fill and 50k miles for each one thereafter. And all with Honda fluids.
They may be simple, but I haven't been able to find a place to take used coolant. So, when I get that done it will be by the dealer. The only other maintenance I will pay for is brake fluid flush.
 

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Did code 5 pop up on the MM already?
Sorry Coastie05, didn't see your question until now.

No, no code showed up. We don't drive that much so I did it based purely on time (5 years).
I had to take the old coolant to the local dump transfer station which has a household hazardous waste disposal station for things like paint and coolant etc. It was free to get rid of too which was nice.

I figured I saved $146 in labor doing it myself on both our cars. That will pay for the A/C service my Accord will get soon.
 

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Sorry Coastie05, didn't see your question until now.

No, no code showed up. We don't drive that much so I did it based purely on time (5 years).
I had to take the old coolant to the local dump transfer station which has a household hazardous waste disposal station for things like paint and coolant etc. It was free to get rid of too which was nice.

I figured I saved $146 in labor doing it myself on both our cars. That will pay for the A/C service my Accord will get soon.
That is great to know! I'm going to call my local dump and find out if they will take it and how much they charge.
 

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Last time I had my cooling system flushed was on my F250 when I first got it. The coolant was pretty dirty. My local lube shop did the whole works with their dedicated machine for $75 including the new coolant, during an oil change. They did an excellent job, as I've had no issues since and my coolant still looks brand new after 4 years.

Flushing will not generally cause any clogging, regardless of what others might tell you. If it is in bad enough shape that it would, it probably won't help, meaning you have worse problems. The machine uses some fairly high pressure and leaves no old coolant in the system. When I was a kid I had a church buddy whose father had a radiator shop. We worked there sometimes doing odd jobs for him for extra money. Back then lots of folks didn't even use anti-freeze to refill after replacing water pumps or whatever and would wind up at his shop with radiator issues. He was frequently able to solve them without "surgery" by flushing, even when the radiator was fairly clogged. But of course everything is relative, so once they were past a certain point they had to be rodded out, which is where the side tanks are removed, then the tank is vatted in a hot solvent tank, and then a rod is used to push through the passages inside to break loose and push out the corrosion. Then the tank is power-flushed until visibly clean and flowing freely. Tanks re-welded, a leak test is done, and new paint. Done. Of course, radiators are half plastic now, but they still work the same way. Meaning that if your radiator passages do not look severely clogged, flushing will normally work just fine.

If I am buying an older used vehicle, it's one of the main things I check for, as it's one of the things most neglected by folks who don't take maintenance seriously. If the coolant looks bad, I look at the water passages I can see with the cap off. If they look very clogged, I probably won't buy that vehicle. The condition is usually caused by refilling with tap water and not coolant after a hose change or whatever. Not as likely up North but common in the South where freezing up is not as much of an issue. In the end it's up to you, especially considering it's not the issue it once was due to better coolant use. Which also means flushing will likely not hurt anything. As always, common sense is the best approach. Since my CR-V is new to me, but the coolant looks nice and clean, in the Spring when I get it ready for summer and change the coolant, I will be flushing it and doing a full coolant replacement.
 

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The "5" code will pop somewhere around 100k. If you don't put much mileage then you might want to drain/fill after 5-6 yrs.
Why do the drain/fill after 5-6 yrs when the interval is mileage based? Why not just do it when 100k happens if the "5" code doesn't appear before that.
 

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Why do the drain/fill after 5-6 yrs when the interval is mileage based? Why not just do it when 100k happens if the "5" code doesn't appear before that.
Because chemically, age matters as much as mileage (The same holds true for oil). Over time the efficacy of chemicals breaks down, or atrophies. The industry general recommendation is to change anti-freeze out every four years. Why quibble on maintenance issues that are so cheap? It's much cheaper than a cracked block, or a radiator replacement. I also like to go ahead and closely check all the hoses, and replace any that are cracked or look old or bulgy. Plus, all these things are much cheaper and more convenient at the shop than on the side of the road somewhere.
 

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Just quoted $862 to replace my 2011 CRV EX-L radiator.
He started in with discounting immediately. I am on my way to a local independent.
 
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