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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-04-2007, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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DIY - Engine coolant flush

Was wondering if anyone has a link to a DIY engine coolant flush job on this site or another Honda site. Just had my 60K service and the dealer tried to sell me a coolant flush since it seems like something I should be able to do. I've done various combination of keyword searches on this site and havent found anything on this procedure.

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Do a search in the maintenance section. BTW, I believe the coolant doesn't need to be flushed until 100K miles.

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Yup 100k.

Call it the wallet flush....
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Take out your owner's manual, turn to the page that specifies coolant replacement interval, and ask the service manager what he knows that the Honda engineers missed. Then you might want to have a serious discussion about the future of your business with that dealer.
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I thought coolant flush is at 120k miles?

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I thought coolant flush is at 120k miles?
Nope, according to my OM, it's 100K miles.

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copied from their website:


SERVICE / MAINTENANCEMAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
120,000 mi/192,000 km/10 yrs then every 60,000 mi/96,000 km/5 yrs Scheduled Maintenance
Recommended service for your 2003 Honda Pilot:

Replace engine coolant.






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Ok, so I had an otherwise credible, quality dealership try to make extra commision by selling me an engine coolant flush job way early according to the manual. Didnt think to check there despite it being pretty obvious that I should have.


However I'd still like a link to a prior thread on this if one exists. My searches are coming up empty.
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I would also appreciate any help tracking the DIY coolant flush post, I feel like tackling other stuff after this morning, thanks.
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No such luck on a diy coolant flush post. Must be a simple procedure. Does your owner's manual show you the procedure?

If you're really into it, go here for the factory service manual.
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Take out your owner's manual, turn to the page that specifies coolant replacement interval, and ask the service manager what he knows that the Honda engineers missed. Then you might want to have a serious discussion about the future of your business with that dealer.
How about my local Honda dealership telling me that a transmission flush was needed at 15k miles, along with the VTM service.

I politely declined.

The dealer has done warranty work only on this car, because the dealer's only looking out for how they can make the most amount of money off the ignorant or naive. The dealership's maintenance recommendations are designed to lighten the customer's wallet, not provide actual benefit for their car.

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How about my local Honda dealership telling me that a transmission flush was needed at 15k miles, along with the VTM service.

I politely declined.
If a few more of us were a little more than 'polite' in dealing with our dealers, maybe things would change. (OK, OK I probably live on a different planet!)

Start complaining to the district or national Honda reps. The dealers are sometimes very sensitive to complaints that come tumbling down from above.
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No need to change antifreeze if you have the timing belt replaced at 100,000 or 7 years as per my daughter's Civic. When the replace the belt, the replace the water pump at the same time and since they loose all the antifreeze doing that, they have to replace the antifreeze also.

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No need to change antifreeze if you have the timing belt replaced at 100,000 or 7 years as per my daughter's Civic. When the replace the belt, the replace the water pump at the same time and since they loose all the antifreeze doing that, they have to replace the antifreeze also.
Is this correct for an 03 Pilot?? I will be getting my belt in the near future and can save on the coolant flush at the 120k mark.....
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actually the "honda" water pump is good for 200k miles. they just did the inspection and replaced the timing belt, idler pulley, etc. I will change the coolant at 120k miles

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