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post #1 of 13 Old 02-06-2009, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Coolant...

If you've been paying attention you know that I am not much with a wrench, but I'm learning (and getting tools). Today I installed my new horn and noticed the coolant was a little low. It was above the low mark, but well beneath the high. Pic below. What I'm wondering is how big of a deal this is. I will fill it up eventually of course, but can it wait a little while? And is there any type of coolant you would recommend or are they all the same? Sorry...this is all new to me. My 73 honda is cooled by nature.






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If the motor is cold then the level is perfect.
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That's kind of what I was thinking. The temp gauge rarely makes it to the middle and only if I've been sitting in traffic. If it starts looking hot, I'll get back in there sooner rather than later.

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Or wait...

Just realized I could read your post two ways. At first I thought you meant if the engine is staying cold (not overheating) then don't worry about it. Now I'm thinking you meant if the engine was cold when I took the pic. It was...didn't ride the bike at all today.

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Just realized I could read your post two ways. At first I thought you meant if the engine is staying cold (not overheating) then don't worry about it. Now I'm thinking you meant if the engine was cold when I took the pic. It was...didn't ride the bike at all today.

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You got it. When the bike is cold the coolant level should be just above the low mark. When there is coolant in the overflow bottle then the radiator is full.
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Sweet. Thanks.






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Use non silicate coolant. Which is honda motorcycle coolant, toyota long life coolant red. Ford premium gold coolant. Silicate free is less corrosive

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It will say it on the jug for aluminum engines.
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Ha!

I did a search for coolant and came up with my own thread...so quick question as I don't have any manuals with me and am going by the bike shop today.

Looked at the coolant level today. It was right at the low mark on the side stand and just above it (a centimeter or so) when vertical. I'm just wondering whether the gauge is meant to be read with the bike vertical or on the stand...

I'm putting a thermobob next week (probably), and would rather not mess with it until then, but I'm going into the heat zone to ride with Tim and Mark and Dave this weekend.




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When the bike is cool and upright, the coolant should be slightly above the low mark. When the bike heats up, the coolant naturally expands and should be around or overflowing slightly the full/high mark.

You should be fine as you are.

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