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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-19-2009, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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VTX 1300 coolant replacement

I just bought my bike and it has 25000 miles on it. I do not know if the coolant has ever been replaced. So,can I just remove the hose from the bottom of the radiator, let it drain, refill, circulate, remove, drain, etc, then put new coolant into the reservoir? Or do I need to take it to the dealer? Thanks for any advice.
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I just bought my bike and it has 25000 miles on it. I do not know if the coolant has ever been replaced. So,can I just remove the hose from the bottom of the radiator, let it drain, refill, circulate, remove, drain, etc, then put new coolant into the reservoir? Or do I need to take it to the dealer? Thanks for any advice.
It's really pretty easy. There is a procedure in the manual that shows how. Remove the tank, remove the drain plug, drain the reservoir, refill everything, "burp" it, add more fluid and you're done. Oh...yeah...put the fuel tank back on. There is a service manual floating around this board somewhere that shows the details. Even a caveman can do it.

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Do not use Automotive coolant. There has been several post on here that says that Automotive coolant can cause damage to the aluminum ( I be leave it causes corrosion).
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There are some coolants which are NOT good for your Honda. I use Honda premix. Your bike doesn't hold a lot so it doesn't cost that much extra.

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Welcome and , I like engine ice. good luck

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Welcome and , I like engine ice. good luck
How well does the engine ice work in the winter as an anti-freeze?
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According to the container Engine Ice comes in.....

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Do not use Automotive coolant. There has been several post on here that says that Automotive coolant can cause damage to the aluminum ( I be leave it causes corrosion).
Chicago-spike should have the answer to that.
use honda pre mix, or coolant that is safe for aluminium blocks!!!! ( any bike coolant should do the job )

the auto coolant does cause corrosion and gunk build up.

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It is not that typical automotive coolants are bad or cause corrosion; its that they contain silica which is intended to scour away boiler scale and rust form the system. The silica is a micro abrasive and most Japaneese makers, including Honda, warn that silica can eventually ruin the seals in the water pump. Further, many coolant bottles fail to tell you if they have silica in the recipe. Honda automotive coolant does not and is more economical to buy than the same product packaged for cyles. If the maker does not specify silica free, then assume it is abrasive.

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