I had the light problem and found a loose clamp. I went to the dealer to buy a gallon of coolant but they were sold out. Any suggestions on a "off the shelf" that I can use with HD Coolant? I have always been taught not to mix fluid brands. So, should I drain the system? I bought the bike in April and have 12000 miles...Ride on!
Big One - SR, I can't remember who pointed it out but one of the members did that the HD anti freeze has special properties. It comes de-ionized and pre mixed. Is there another dealer you could check with.
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Originally posted by Big One - SR I have always been taught not to mix fluid brands. So, should I drain the system? I bought the bike in April and have 12000 miles...
If you are just a "little" bit short on the coolant, you probably would be fine topping off the tank with de-ionized water (distilled water) - a pint or so will not dilute the antifreeze that much, and I doubt that you are going to get a real hard freeze down there in Georgia. Putting distilled water in the cooling system is not going to do any harm - when you take your bike on the track they make you replace the anti-freeze with distilled water anyway. If you get concerned about the "anti-freeze" properties of the coolant, you can always use a hydrometer (buy them for $5 at any auto parts store) to check your resulting concentration.
You probably don't need to drain the system - but if you've been running with the overflow bottle empty, you might want to think about bleeding air out. I believe there is a procedure in the manual for this. Its a little time consuming - you have to start and run the bike a number of times, using the bleed screw to release any trapped air.
From what I have been told, it is more a factor of time rather than miles that determines when coolant should be replaced. One of my H-D contacts recommended replacing the coolant (and the brake fluid) every two years.
The only real concern with mixing the coolant is that it must be motorcycle specific. motorcycle anti-freeze does not contain any abrasive silicates. Othe than that caveat any good ethylene glycol mix will do.
Thanks for the input....I went with the distilled water....as far as bleeding the system....Thanks I would not have thought to do that just because the overflow/reserve bottle was empty. You were correct and I did get some air out.