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Old 15 Jul 2012, 07:59 pm
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Default 2012 Civic - Checking coolant level

This is a 2012 Civic 4-door LX with the 1.8L engine.

I guess I'm getting old, and color blind, but I just can't see
where the coolant level is in the overflow reservoir. I've tried
different flashlights, day and night, and all I see is white
plastic - no green.

So, treating the 15" rubber hose that goes down into the reservoir
as a dipstick, when the hose is fully inserted and the cap screwed
on, the hose is submerged 4" in coolant. When fully cold. Does
that sound ok? Is there an official value for this "dipstick"?
The manual just says check the level to between MIN and MAX, but
if you can't see the level....

And is there something I can do to actually see directly where the
coolant level is in the reservoir? I mean, is there a cheat? How
do the techs at the dealer do it - are they looking from below?

Sorry to be a dumbass, but this is really throwing me.

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Old 19 Jul 2012, 05:18 am
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Default Re: 2012 Civic - Checking coolant level

George wrote:

> This is a 2012 Civic 4-door LX with the 1.8L engine.
>
> I guess I'm getting old, and color blind, but I just can't see
> where the coolant level is in the overflow reservoir. I've tried
> different flashlights, day and night, and all I see is white
> plastic - no green.
>
> So, treating the 15" rubber hose that goes down into the reservoir
> as a dipstick, when the hose is fully inserted and the cap screwed
> on, the hose is submerged 4" in coolant. When fully cold. Does
> that sound ok? Is there an official value for this "dipstick"?
> The manual just says check the level to between MIN and MAX, but
> if you can't see the level....
>
> And is there something I can do to actually see directly where the
> coolant level is in the reservoir? I mean, is there a cheat? How
> do the techs at the dealer do it - are they looking from below?
>
> Sorry to be a dumbass, but this is really throwing me.


Must be the same type of reservoir that is fitted on our CRV because
that is totally opaque white plastic as well. I simply look in the
top and, if it looks half full or more, assume all is well. Actually
the level never seems to change between services but the time will no
doubt come.....

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