Antifreeze check


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Antifreeze check

Postby prodriver2 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:39 pm



could someone tell me how to check the antifreeze in a 2000 goldwing


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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby dingdong » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:03 am

Under the left top inner cover (next to the ignition switch) beside the upper left fork tube there is a round lid with a dipstick.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby vtxcandyred » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:46 pm

How long have you had the bike? It might be worth changing?
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby prodriver2 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:31 pm

thank you very much.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby prodriver2 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:34 pm

i just brought it a month ago. it may need to be changed. cant wait till spring.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:21 pm

If you decide to change it buy the coolant from Honda.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby MasterDaniel904 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:15 pm

When you change it, be patient. When I changed the coolant in my '96, it took several minutes to percolate down through the radiator! I would fill it to the fill line, then go back 15 minutes later to refill it, and then again, about 4 times.

One thing I did notice was that when I drained it out, it was only about half full. Once I replaced and filled it properly, not only did it stay cooler, but my mileage almost doubled! I don't think whatever sensor that is in it ever reacted to the temperature rise and it always ran rich.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:09 am

MasterDaniel904 wrote:When you change it, be patient. When I changed the coolant in my '96, it took several minutes to percolate down through the radiator! I would fill it to the fill line, then go back 15 minutes later to refill it, and then again, about 4 times.

One thing I did notice was that when I drained it out, it was only about half full. Once I replaced and filled it properly, not only did it stay cooler, but my mileage almost doubled! I don't think whatever sensor that is in it ever reacted to the temperature rise and it always ran rich.

In addtion to this you can fill it while it idles. After it seems full , put the cap back on, let it cool down and pull the cap again. It will probably be low. Don't forget to fill the overflow to the proper level.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby prodriver2 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:56 pm

thanks for the info.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby prodriver2 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:14 pm

i have a question. do you really have to use honda antifreeze.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby MasterDaniel904 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:10 am

I didn't and it's been fine. Got through a New Mexico desert summer, and now the winter.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby prodriver2 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:23 am

what brand didyouuse i have a chevy truck can i use that .
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby dingdong » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:50 am

You don't really have to use Honda brand anything. Be sure it is marked "silicate free" and you can use any brand. The silicate in some anti-freeze can destroy your water pump.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby prodriver2 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:41 pm

thanks for the info. you guys are the best.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:44 pm

I would still recommend using the Honda antifreeze. Buy it at a Honda Auto Dealer and it's cheaper than the same stuff at the bike shop.

I have seen other brands here marked as Low Silicate but not NO Silicates.

I think it would take a while for silica to deposit on water pump internals before you would see damage. You may get away with it for a couple of years but is it worth the risk. There are better ways to save money.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:03 pm

The last two times I've bought antifreeze at the auto parts store it was silicate free. In fact I could'nt find one that had silicates. I've been using it since 2002 on my VTX and now the wings with (knock on wood) no ill affects. Two pennies.
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Re: Antifreeze check

Postby prodriver2 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:13 pm

thanks for the info guys.


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