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