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Old 27 Mar 2006, 05:55 pm
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Default Do I have to use Honda Coolant

Picked up a 98 Civic Lx and am going to change the coolant..

I understand I need to use a non-slicicated coolant..

Dex-Cool or its' equalivant brands fits the bill..I don't know but I
guess it would cost less.

Do I need to use geninue Honda coolant or can I use something else..

Thanks,

Rich
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Old 27 Mar 2006, 06:01 pm
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Default Re: Do I have to use Honda Coolant

Several people here report that the orange Havoline Dexcool
works just fine. I have used Havoline Dexcool in my 91 Civic
since late 2002.

Not sure if there's much difference in price, though.
Probably less than $20. So if you don't mind driving to the
dealer's to buy the stuff, it's arguably your safest bet.

The bearings of the water pump don't do well with other
coolants.

"Big Brother" <someonewatchingyou@microsoft.com> wrote
> Picked up a 98 Civic Lx and am going to change the
> coolant..
>
> I understand I need to use a non-slicicated coolant..
>
> Dex-Cool or its' equalivant brands fits the bill..I don't
> know but I guess it would cost less.
>
> Do I need to use geninue Honda coolant or can I use
> something else..
>
> Thanks,
>
> Rich



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Old 27 Mar 2006, 06:26 pm
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Default Re: Do I have to use Honda Coolant

Big Brother wrote:
> Picked up a 98 Civic Lx and am going to change the coolant..
>
> I understand I need to use a non-slicicated coolant..
>
> Dex-Cool or its' equalivant brands fits the bill..I don't know but I
> guess it would cost less.
>
> Do I need to use geninue Honda coolant or can I use something else..
>
> Thanks,
>
> Rich


orange dexcool is fine. but dilute with distilled water, /not/ tap
water. tap water has minerals that will ruin seals on the parts that
move and corrode and clog the parts that don't.
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Old 27 Mar 2006, 07:36 pm
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Big Brother <someonewatchingyou@microsoft.com> wrote in
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> Picked up a 98 Civic Lx and am going to change the coolant..
>
> I understand I need to use a non-slicicated coolant..




Non-"Silicated".

Silicated antifreeze is the cloudy stuff.



>
> Dex-Cool or its' equalivant brands fits the bill..I don't know but I
> guess it would cost less.
>
> Do I need to use geninue Honda coolant or can I use something else..
>



Genuine Honda premix would be advisable, but more important is to make sure
you've *completely* got rid of whatever murk is in there now, and that
means pulling the block drain as well as the rad drain.

Mixing different antifreezes will likely destroy the Long Life additive
package in the new stuff, as you've surely got no idea what's in there now.

Stick a garden hose in the rad filler neck and let it run until the block
and rad both run clear. Let drain, close taps, then refill with your
selected poison and DISTILLED water. NEVER tap water. If you use Honda
premix, it's added straight, not diluted.

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Old 27 Mar 2006, 09:10 pm
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TeGGeR® wrote:
>
> Genuine Honda premix would be advisable, but more important is to make sure
> you've *completely* got rid of whatever murk is in there now, and that
> means pulling the block drain as well as the rad drain.
>


Thanks..BTW I found your web site after I bought the car..It has a lot
of good information..

Where is the block drain located on this 98 Civic LX ?

Thanks

Rich
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Old 28 Mar 2006, 06:17 am
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Big Brother <someonewatchingyou@microsoft.com> wrote in
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>
>
> TeGGeR® wrote:
>>
>> Genuine Honda premix would be advisable, but more important is to
>> make sure you've *completely* got rid of whatever murk is in there
>> now, and that means pulling the block drain as well as the rad drain.
>>

>
> Thanks..BTW I found your web site after I bought the car..It has a lot
> of good information..
>
> Where is the block drain located on this 98 Civic LX ?
>



B16A engine: To left of exhaust manifold when standing at front bumper
facing to the rear of the car.

D16Y engine: Immediately to the left of the oil filter, when you're under
the car, facing forwards toward the engine. It's about at the 10:00
position, if the top of the filter is 12:00.

Also make sure heater control lever is set to FULL HOT when
draining/rinsing/filling!
And remove the expansion reservoir (pull up off clips), wash it out and
refill with fresh mix.


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