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Old 12-20-2010, 12:40 PM
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Coolant change for 04 LX, 4 cylinder

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I am about to change coolant on my 04 Accord LX, 4 cylinder. How many gallons of Honda type 2 coolant do i need?

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Capacity is 7.5 quarts according to the Haynes Manual. You should be good with 2 gallons of Honda Coolant.
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:51 PM
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Thanks. This is my first DIY project, wish me luck.
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You've got the good wishes. I do hope that is the correct coolant , I assume you have checked that out.....in all honesty I don't know.
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Two gallons of type 2. Hopefully your manual is like mine and has the DIY. Drain, fill and run to remove air with cap loose/off, etc. I would have done this in the summer when the engine can get warmer faster and not take as long to do this.
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Two gallons of type 2. Hopefully your manual is like mine and has the DIY. Drain, fill and run to remove air with cap loose/off, etc. I would have done this in the summer when the engine can get warmer faster and not take as long to do this.
Correct. Haynes manual has the DIY as well, I wasn't sure if the OP would've needed it. but it says 7.5 quarts which is just under 2 gallons of Type 2.
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Thanks. I think the coolant is kind of dark blue color (type 2), but I will ask parts dept when I pick the coolant up.

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Two gallons of type 2. Hopefully your manual is like mine and has the DIY. Drain, fill and run to remove air with cap loose/off, etc. I would have done this in the summer when the engine can get warmer faster and not take as long to do this.
I downloaded the instruction from this site. Looks fairly simple to me. It doesn't get very cold in So Cal, but I will do it around noon on a warm day.
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Correct. Haynes manual has the DIY as well, I wasn't sure if the OP would've needed it. but it says 7.5 quarts which is just under 2 gallons of Type 2.
I am thinking about picking up Haynes manual. As the car ages, more and more DIY opportunities come along.
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In reality you only need 1 gallon of new coolant because thats all that will drain out of the radiator. The block drain plug is nearly impossible to remove to get the remaining 3.5 quarts out and is not really necessary. Mixing 1 gallon of new coolant with the old is good enough.
You could change 1 gallon then drive a day or two then change out another gallon resulting in about 80% new in your system, but you waste about half a gallon of new coolant that way.
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In reality you only need 1 gallon of new coolant because thats all that will drain out of the radiator. The block drain plug is nearly impossible to remove to get the remaining 3.5 quarts out and is not really necessary. Mixing 1 gallon of new coolant with the old is good enough.
You could change 1 gallon then drive a day or two then change out another gallon resulting in about 80% new in your system, but you waste about half a gallon of new coolant that way.
I figured that it would be something like that, similar to the automatic transmission fluid. Well, you would definitely pour in and check the levels before you started the car either way.
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Thanks. I think the coolant is kind of dark blue color (type 2), but I will ask parts dept when I pick the coolant up.
The coolant in my Accord is green color, can the new dark blue color mixes with green color?
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blue can mix with green. Green can mix with green. Orange CANNOT mix with anything. It will form a sludge.

I replaced my coolant at 105k a few months ago in my 2004 4cylinder. It had green in it and I just went with the Prestone non-diluted green coolant and mixed it 50/50 with some distilled water. I just drained and filled the radiator per the manual and it took about a gallon and a half. My manual said to use low silicate stuff if Honda coolant is not available. I read on the Prestone bottle that it is non-silicate and is okay for aluminum block engines.
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In reality you only need 1 gallon of new coolant because thats all that will drain out of the radiator. The block drain plug is nearly impossible to remove to get the remaining 3.5 quarts out and is not really necessary. Mixing 1 gallon of new coolant with the old is good enough.
You could change 1 gallon then drive a day or two then change out another gallon resulting in about 80% new in your system, but you waste about half a gallon of new coolant that way.
Hi Nehonda,

I slacked off during the holiday breaks. I am at the dealership right now to pickup the coolant and see your message. I will just pick one gallon up.

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Kevin
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I replaced my coolant at 105k a few months ago in my 2004 4cylinder. It had green in it and I just went with the Prestone non-diluted green coolant and mixed it 50/50 with some distilled water. I just drained and filled the radiator per the manual and it took about a gallon and a half. My manual said to use low silicate stuff if Honda coolant is not available. I read on the Prestone bottle that it is non-silicate and is okay for aluminum block engines.
Make sure you change it every 2 years/24 months then. Honda type 2 is good for 5 years....
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