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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-02-2006, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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I put too much coolant in. What can I do?

My coolant level was low after a kinda long ride in the sweltering heat yesterday. I was getting ready to ride and noticed it. I bought coolant and put it in to below the full line. I ran the engine until it heated to riding tempature. it was still fine. I rode to the car wash to degrease my rims and wash my tires.
When I got there my freaking coolant was level was way over. It was almost filled to the top by the cap.
What can I do about this and how does it affect the bike? Please tell me, cuz I am buggin out.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-03-2006, 01:40 PM
 
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First and foremost, dont freak out, just drain a little bit out of it. its not TOO hard to do.
btw, what kind of bike is it? year, model, etc
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-03-2006, 01:50 PM
 
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is there a pet cock or drain on the underside of the radiator... or put a big bucket underneath, and just loosen one of the clamps until it starts dripping BUT DO NOT REMOVE IT. It will slowly drain back down.

Best suggestion is OTB's turkey baster... just dip it in the radiator fill cap and remove the excess.

As it heats up, it will fill up, and possibly over flow, just make sure it's above the low line BEFORE you ride. You'll be find, over filling the radiator just means it runs out the over flow tube when it heats up. No negative effects to the bike.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-03-2006, 02:38 PM
 
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baste away.... just don't put it back in the drawer with the other kitchen utensils.... OldTimeBiker claims this can be very bad for your health..
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OTB specified bad for marrital bliss... if you live alone, it's ok to store it with the other kitchen utensils...
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-03-2006, 03:20 PM
 
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if you don't want to suck some out some of coolant with a baster...there is an overflow and when you ride the bike, the overflow will take care of itself
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if you don't want to suck some out some of coolant with a baster...there is an overflow and when you ride the bike, the overflow will take care of itself
the overflow often spits out the extra and it unfortunately spits it out the bottom of the engine through a hose... not a good thing to get all over your tire if you are doing some heavy cornering...Great point though it will take care of itself if left alone but i still say baste it baby...
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there are alot of good tools in the kitchen.
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As it heats up, it will fill up, and possibly over flow, just make sure it's above the low line BEFORE you ride.
Should it be at the midpoint, cuz I filled it a little below the full line?

And I like the idea of using a turky baster. It seems like that would give me more control over how much comes out. Thanks ya'll.
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Should it be at the midpoint, cuz I filled it a little below the full line?

And I like the idea of using a turky baster. It seems like that would give me more control over how much comes out. Thanks ya'll.
The coolant level should be between the low and full line at all times. (cold or hot) If its on the low side but above the line. Don't worry your self.

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I wouldn't drain from the rad!

Bee is right... it will self correct.

However, Tater is also right. It could be bad news for the back tire. So just pull the little hose at the bottom of the overfill bottle!

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the overflow often spits out the extra and it unfortunately spits it out the bottom of the engine through a hose... not a good thing to get all over your tire if you are doing some heavy cornering...Great point though it will take care of itself if left alone but i still say baste it baby...
The overflow comes from the radiator/cooling system. It does not come from the engine. The overflow is released out of one of the 3 tubes that fit through the slot in the bottom of your fairing. The overflow will correct itself quickly. You can remove the fluid from the reservoir and you don't need to remove the cap or loosen any hoses...

Now comes my question...if you know you have overfilled your coolant and you know it will be flowing out the vent tube on your next ride...why would you be doing any heavy cornering until the situation had corrected itself?

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Now comes my question...if you know you have overfilled your coolant and you know it will be flowing out the vent tube on your next ride...why would you be doing any heavy cornering until the situation had corrected itself?
I didn't write that, so I don't know.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2006, 09:26 PM
 
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I didn't write that, so I don't know.
did you fix it?
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