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Hi all,

I've ordered some Samco hoses (coolant & breather) and hopefully they will arrive tomorrow. Fingers crossed. Were posted recorded today.

Quick question, when changing the coolant rad hoses I'm obviously going to loose fluid.

Here's the question, is the coolant just water or is it a specialist fluid. It's fine if it is I just don't no and I need to make sure I nip to the autospares to pick up first so I'm not stuck walking to pick up etc.

Thanks for your help.
 

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Just pop a bucket or washing up bowl under the car, open up the drain at the bottom of the rad (you can't miss it when you get under there) and empty the coolant out then you can get them off without draining coolant all over the place....my girlfriends Micra doesn't have a drain on it so when I changed the radiator on that it was a mess.

The coolant isn't just water, it has antifreeze with it. Im sure you could reuse the drained stuff or just go to Honda or a motor factors and get some.

By the way the bottom one is easy to get to (once the plastic cover is removed and to do the top one you'll have to remove the airbox to throttle body pipe....its only the two pipes in the coolant kit and you'll only just about see the top one when its done but it is covered by the airbox pipe.
 

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There is about 4 liters of fluid in the rad so make sure you have a big enough bowl :p

Also you will need jubilee clips to clamp the pipes in place don't forget like me, stainless are best imo.
Also if you spill coolant anywhere wash it off straight away it will eat into metal.

I did my coolant hoses last weekend I just replaced all the coolant with new stuff Honda recommends doing it after 60k miles mine is at 49k so thought I might aswell, they say never use tap water mix coolant 50:50 with distilled water.
 
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