Refilling radiator

Thumper Ray thumperracer at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 29 14:21:26 PDT 2009


Since I can't even find the overflow tank, much less see it, only the fill neck under the tank, how will I know where halfway is?

--- On Tue, 9/29/09, Chris Burgess <chris at chrisburgess.com> wrote:

> From: Chris Burgess <chris at chrisburgess.com>
> Subject: Re: Refilling radiator
> To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at micapeak.com>
> Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 3:25 PM
> Manual states to put the over flow to
> the full line after the bike has gone
> through a heat cycle.
> 
> On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Jim Stewart <js at strappe.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > Thumper Ray wrote:
> >
> >> I'm at work without access to my manuals. 
> Anything special about
> >> refilling the radiator?  Rad had to come off
> and drained for repair.
> >> I figure on slowly pouring in a couple quarts of
> Hondaline brand mix,
> >> rotating the crank a couple times with ignition
> off to turn water
> >> pump, and topping off, repeat.  This should
> eliminate air bubbles
> >> although some air might bleed off over the first
> few miles.  Sound
> >> reasonable?
> >>
> >>
> > Nope. You'll never get rid of air bubbles that way,
> but you don't need to
> > anyway. Just fill the radiator to capacity, squeeze
> both hoses to get the
> > air out of them, and start the bike. I often do this
> with the cap removed.
> > When the engine comes up to temperature shut it off
> and add coolant to the
> > top, squeezing hoses again. Install cap.
> >
> > When the engine cools down, check the level again - it
> should be up to the
> > top. If not, top it up.
> >
> > By the way, what is the coolant capacity, and should
> the overflow
> >> tank be empty before starting up?
> >>
> >>
> > Don't have my manual handy, sorry. The overflow tank
> should be filled to
> > half-full or so.
> >
> > BTW, you can save about 50% on your coolant by buying
> undiluted and mixing
> > 50-50 yourself. I use regular green automotive
> antifreeze. There are issues
> > with the red stuff, but I forget what the problem
> is...
> >
> > -js
> >
> 
> 
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