Refilling radiator

dave193 dave193 at
Wed Sep 30 05:30:29 PDT 2009

if you mix the antifreeze 50/50 that should give you protection to about -35 
degrees. that seems a little extreme.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Stewart" <js at>
To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at>
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: Refilling radiator

> 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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