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Radiator Coolant Replacement
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Radiator Coolant Replacement,
How To Remove faux-tank top cover and the right-side scoop. Place a short pan (clean oil pan) under the water pump. Remove the drain plug located under the water pump and let the old coolant drain out into the pan. Remove the radiator fill cap (located on aluminum conduit under right scoop). Turn the radiator drain plug (also called the spidervalve, which is the hex-head plastic valve located on the front of the engine) so that the spring-loaded ball is in the top hole (this is the coolant draining position).While draining perform the following: Remove, drain, inspect, clean and replace (if necessary) the coolant reservoir and hoses. Remove side covers on each cylinder head to reveal the rubber freeze plugs and remove the rubber plugs (use a spark plug to remove the rubber freeze plugs). You can also remove the spidervalve to clean and replace the o-ring on the valve (wrapping the spidervalve with a rag during removal will help keep the springloaded ball bearing and the spring from being lost).Use low flow hose water or pour fresh water into the filler neck to flush the engine block. You can also use compressed air to force a considerable amount of old coolant and tap water into the drain by blowing low-pressure air into the filler cap, the freeze plug openings, the water pump drain hole and into spidervalve opening Reinstall the rubber freeze plugs (you can use a small film of Permatex non-hardening gasket sealant around the edges of the plugs to insure a leak proof seal). Reinstall the engine side covers. And reinstall the drain bolt under the water pump. Prepare a premixed amount of one-half gallon of Toyota red coolant and one-half gallon of distilled water into an empty one gallon milk container (you can heat the distilled water before mixing with (diluting) the anti-freeze). Before starting your bike turn the spidervalve at the front of the engine so that the spring-loaded ball bearing is in the bottom hole (normal running position) and fill the radiator with your premixed coolant. Start the bike without the radiator cap installed and let the motor run while filling the coolant to keep the level full. Run until motor has warmed up with the coolant level topped, moving and sustaining level before putting the radiator cap back on. Stop the engine. Use the remaining pre-mixed 50/50 coolant solution to fill the white plastic reservoir tank located under the faux tank and just forward of the seat. Install the faux-tank top cover and the right-side scoop. Make note of the date and mileage to schedule your next coolant change.—Rick4095

Posted on: 2013/7/31 13:40
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thanks for the good info! I really need to do this, but wasnt sure exactly how, even after looking at the shop manual. I just have to set aside the time. I dont believe the coolant has ever been changed in my bike, and i have had it for almost 17 years! Thanks again

Posted on: 2013/8/15 2:58
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Just wanted to add this...

Put your bike up on the Center Stand to perform this Task... It works much more better if the bike is level....

Posted on: 2013/8/15 14:21
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If you can get your bike on its center stand!

Posted on: 2013/8/15 14:57
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WHAT'S A CENTER STAND ? (4 INTO 1 DRAGSTARS)

Posted on: 2013/8/17 1:32






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