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    Checking coolant level

    Hey guys, just a quick question from a Bird newbie (02 FI). So I take the seat off to get at the coolant expansion bottle, but can't see any coolant in it. How full should it be? Should I be able to see liquid in the plastic bottle through the aperture in the RH fairing lower??
    Thanks guys!

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    Re: Checking coolant level

    It's hard to see I take the seat off and use a torch there is a low and high mark on the bottle its a pain but you can see
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    Re: Checking coolant level

    Quote Originally Posted by Tractordriver View Post
    Hey guys, just a quick question from a Bird newbie (02 FI). So I take the seat off to get at the coolant expansion bottle, but can't see any coolant in it. How full should it be? Should I be able to see liquid in the plastic bottle through the aperture in the RH fairing lower??
    Thanks guys!
    Had same problem found it has to be checked when hot could not see so dipped it with wire to get level ok to do this as not under pressure at expansion tank

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    I dont have any suitable coolant in the garage, so I used de-ionised water to top up the expansion bottle. It took nearly 2/3rds of a litre to bring level to be just visible at the bottom of the filler tube! I reckon if there's too much, she'll spit it out the overflow. Off to get the right coolant and more de-i water and then try and work out how to take fairing lowers off for first time. I obviously need to check for any signs of leakage before I flush and refill with fresh coolant.
    Any tips in getting lowers off painlessly???
    Cheers

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    Re: Checking coolant level

    Quote Originally Posted by Tractordriver View Post
    I dont have any suitable coolant in the garage, so I used de-ionised water to top up the expansion bottle. It took nearly 2/3rds of a litre to bring level to be just visible at the bottom of the filler tube! I reckon if there's too much, she'll spit it out the overflow. Off to get the right coolant and more de-i water and then try and work out how to take fairing lowers off for first time. I obviously need to check for any signs of leakage before I flush and refill with fresh coolant.
    Any tips in getting lowers off painlessly???
    Cheers
    The best way I have found to check the coolant level is to remove the seat, use a flashlight to illuminate the overflow bottle and shake the bike back and forth. Honda sells coolant in quart bottles pre-mixed 50/50.

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    Re: Checking coolant level

    Quote Originally Posted by Tractordriver View Post
    I dont have any suitable coolant in the garage, so I used de-ionised water to top up the expansion bottle. It took nearly 2/3rds of a litre to bring level to be just visible at the bottom of the filler tube! I reckon if there's too much, she'll spit it out the overflow. Off to get the right coolant and more de-i water and then try and work out how to take fairing lowers off for first time. I obviously need to check for any signs of leakage before I flush and refill with fresh coolant.
    Any tips in getting lowers off painlessly???
    Cheers
    Too full now, but she'll boil it off.
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    Re: Checking coolant level

    I've make a thin dipstick from a paintbrush handle, easy to see once seats off.
    Too old to die young, gel seat needed!!


 

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