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Old 10-27-2012, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Getting ready to do a coolant change on my 2002 shadow sabre 1100. Looks simple enough, pull the tank back take the radiator cap off, drain the overflow tank and radiator, flush and refill. Any thing I should look for before I start or hints that might help. I have done this several times on other bikes but this is the first time on the shadow,
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You have it right. On my 1997 ACE it was possible to remove the neck cover and radiator cap without pulling the tank. Use only distilled water throughout. Some say to pull the lower hose to drain but i found the Honda shop manual recommendation to open the lower drain bolt on the water pump to work quite well. I used an aluminum lasagna pan to collect the dripping coolant as it could get messy.
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You have it right. On my 1997 ACE it was possible to remove the neck cover and radiator cap without pulling the tank. Use only distilled water throughout. Some say to pull the lower hose to drain but i found the Honda shop manual recommendation to open the lower drain bolt on the water pump to work quite well. I used an aluminum lasagna pan to collect the dripping coolant as it could get messy.

You can drain the coolant either way, using the plug does give better spill controll.
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I pulled the hose myself.....just seemed simpler to me. I don't think flushing is really necessary unless it's been sitting a while but I'm sure it can't hurt either.
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Also, use silicate free coolant, regular stuff eats o-rings.
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... and don't forget to burp it to get any air out.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help. I bought the Honda pre mixed coolant. It was $19.00 but only do it every 2 years so no big deal to use the Honda stuff. I was going to use the drain plug on the pump, I never thought of pulling the bottom hose, I'll have to check that out.
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I would pull the hose, then put a garden hose in the filler cap and flush the radiator, it gets wet and messy but you get a lot of gunk out, If you can spare the time remove the thermostat because the housing gets a build up of rusty looking gunk and you get more pressure from the hose through the radiator..but really your first post seems to show that you know everything you need to..

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I would pull the hose, then put a garden hose in the filler cap and flush the radiator, it gets wet and messy but you get a lot of gunk out, If you can spare the time remove the thermostat because the housing gets a build up of rusty looking gunk and you get more pressure from the hose through the radiator..but really your first post seems to show that you know everything you need to..

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Wait…so flush it with the garden hose? I thought only distilled water? Or flush with hose then distilled water? Haha I've got to do this soon bike is 07 and no clue if previous owner ever did it.
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Thanks again. I will flush it out and I never about the thermostat, I'll do that also.
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