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COUNTRYCURT0-RE:LIGHT IN DASHBOARD

How do i get to drain the coolant from the engine,how do i also flush the system with water thoroughly?however i didn't add the detergent to the radiator, i added the detergent to the water containers (one for one wiper,don't know what the other container is for,very close to the radiator),Yes the coolant is diminished,the dashboard light that came up is kind of four a corner symbol with,no have not noticed any unusual about the car running,still runs good but like i mentioned cooland diminished. countrycurt0

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  • deckmate09 Sep 02, 2008

    Yes number 1.winshield washer, i added liquid detergent,2. radiator i never added any detergent, plastic bottle number 3 i think it's the coolant, i added liquid detergent too,well in all i added very little (half cap),also i am yet to run the CRV since a fortnight now,do you think that's advisable?

  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    I read your 2 messages, but in reverse order! OK the 2 plastic bottles are 1. windshield washer, 2. radiator What type of detergent did you add? Was it regular windshield washer fluid, or something else? How much do you estimate you added to the coolant bottle?

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Good, you did not add much detergent to the radiator recovery bottle (plastic bottle). You say half a cap, would that be about one tablespoon? If yes, I think it would be ok to drive, but I still would recommend flushing out the system just to be sure it has no bad effects on the cooling. countrycurt0

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DO NOT operate your CRV until you have drained the coolant from the engine and radiator, then flush the system thoroughly w/ water.. Why did you add liquid detergent to the radiator? This will cause foaming of the detergent, and will probably result in diminished cooling of the system. Please describe the dashboard light that's on . Is it some type of symbol? Do you notice anything unusual about how the car is running? Please let me know the answers to the above questions, and the outcome. countrycurt0

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