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How Often Do You Change Your Rad Coolant?

Ya know,,,, Honda says that we should change our coolant every 2 years. I've had a 2006 Escape for 6 years, and I have never changed the coolant. So,,,, why should I change the coolant in my 2003 1800, every 2 years? Just curious.
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Every two years! Wow!

Yeah, let it go for 4 years. That will save you nearly $3 a year.

I don't know how much work is involved on an 1800, but I'll bet it's not that much.

Anyway, maybe it's best to be safe.

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Honda type 2 coolant is good for 5 years or 60,000 miles. the maintenance schedule is full of ridiculous intervals.
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I change it in a motorcycle every 2 years. Most cars how are 100,000 miles intervals for coolant and spark plugs. the 1500 and 1800 Gold Wings are easy to do. The couple V twins I have owned, Shadow, VTX and the Kawaswak Vulcan Nomad are a little more difficult because of the location of the fller neck.


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Have to carefully read the coolant bottles these days. Some say 5 year- heavy duty, others 2 to 3 years.
Its the additives that go bad and change the PH to acidic, in an aluminum environment....hmmmm

even acura/honda owner book says 7/100 on OE coolant in the engine now. Replacement honda coolant- use for only 5 years!
whats up with that?

Coolant is relatively cheap- under 15$ for a gallon does the bike, so every 2 years regardless of miles ridden.
If the coolant says approved for Honda (cage) its fine in the Wing.
Thats a silicone free coolant.
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Our 2007 Pontiac Vibe has never been changed, but I did add some makeup coolant a couple years ago, when a hose came loose

I bought some of those test strips, and need to go out and check it out and see how it is "right now".

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Come on guys!!? It's 12 bucks for more than enough coolant and maybe a half hour's work. Just change the damn stuff and move on, worry free.

Well, worry free about the coolant, anyway. .

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I change mine every 2 years or every head gasket change, whichever comes first!

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Just because you never changed a fluid, doesn't mean its not time for it!

How old of brake fluid is ok in the cage? and the Wing gets new brake fluid every...?

Please share the coolant PH test strip results with us John, maybe we (me) have been lied to by big advertising once again
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Honda Genuine HG, Long life, Type 2, 50/50 Prediluted, “Blue” Antifreeze. Protects for 5 years and 60,000 miles.

At 220k miles my Wing is not complaining and neither am I. Works for me....!

There is maintenance and then there is "over maintenance" with no tangible gain. Folks should do whatever allows them to sleep good at night......!!

Suppliers (parts houses) love those who "over maintain". Keeps the funds circulating from one pocket to another pocket..........!
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