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i have an 01 yzf 600r. now im looking to flush my brakes and put all new fluid in there. now, what procedures should i go through to do this and what kind of fluid?

another thing is the engine coolant. do you need a special machine to flush it?
also how would i go about doing that?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-11-2007, 09:25 PM
 
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your owners manual will help you out a ton with both those projects. read up.
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my personal suggestion, if you want a VERY in depth explanation of what you're doing, buy a good repair manual for your specific bike. I have one for mine, even if you're just doing routine maintainence, a repair manual helps you understand what you're doing very well.


but on your water pump, there is usually a little bolt that seems to hold nothing in place, remove it but put a bucket underneath it first because that's your drain plug.

on brake flushing, I usually proceed just like I'm bleeding the brakes, except I just keep bleeding out fluid and adding fresh stuff in as I go until its totally clean. hopefully this helps some.

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I agree. Both are very easy procedures. As for fluid, the owner's manual will tell you what to use. If I were you, I'd buy Engine Ice for the cooling system because it's legal in most track days.
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I agree. Both are very easy procedures. As for fluid, the owner's manual will tell you what to use. If I were you, I'd buy Engine Ice for the cooling system because it's legal in most track days.
My bike is oil cooled so I can't help you on the coolant...but swapping brake fluid is easy. Just have a helper to pump the brake levers for you. Just bleed the brakes...add new fluid as it gets low....when you see the fluid in your catch cup coming out clear instead of dirty you know it's clean. You probly need at least DOT 4 fluid. Dont get it on the paint either. It'll eat through it.



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Valvoline DOT 4 synthetic brake fluid... found at most auto stores.

Cycle Logic Engine Ice... do a search here for it. You'll find lots of info on it. THe best thing to do is to rinse out your coolant system a few times with distilled water. Then add the Engine Ice. You rinse to get rid of the glycol based (green) anti-freeze. When I do mine I just pull the lower rad hose and drain it into a pan.

Drain it cold, fill it up with the DISTILLED water, bring it to fan temp. Turn off, either allow to cool, or with gloves and caution pull the lower hose again. Re-attach and re-fill with the DISTILLED water again. Start till fan temp, turn off and drain again. Then refill with the engine ice. Don't forget about your resevior. Further, you will most likely need just over a 1/2 gal and they are sold by 1/2 gal. Plus you don't dillute it. So just order 2 and save the extra.

The Cycle Logic Engine Ice will lower your running temp by at least 10-12 degrees.




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now all i have to do to drain the coolant is to pullthe hose thats all the way on the bottom to drain. once its fully drained i then put the hose back and fill it with water. just pour it in the resevoir while running?

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to refill your cooling system, put the majority in through the radiator fill, it sure wouldnt do to have your motor run without coolant and break.
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now all i have to do to drain the coolant is to pullthe hose thats all the way on the bottom to drain. once its fully drained i then put the hose back and fill it with water. just pour it in the resevoir while running?
I haven't done it on a bike but on my truck when your re filling the radiator you have to fill the radator to the top... run the motor... SLOWLY pour water in as the level drops... the water pump will circulate the coolent... takes about 15-20 mins for my truck before it's all good...

we call it burp'n the radiator... I can't see the bike being much diffrent... someone PLEASE CORRECT ME if i'm wrong!
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now all i have to do to drain the coolant is to pullthe hose thats all the way on the bottom to drain. once its fully drained i then put the hose back and fill it with water. just pour it in the resevoir while running?
With DISTILLED water...not tap water.



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Flusing the brake fluid is usually a 2 man job, but they do sell a product called Mity Vac that lets you do it by yourself, it works great on cars too. I'm pretty sure the coolant flush is similar to cars but I could be wrong.
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You can it that way Ebbs or just fill it and run it with the cap off. Top it off while its running and then replace the cap. Let the motor continue to run till it reachs fan temp then turn it off, drain and repeat.




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