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Old 04-12-2005, 08:03 AM   #1
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Antifreeze in '01 Adv.

A couple weeks ago after idleing for 25 minutes or so the Radiator Pressure Relief Valve blew (sometimes refered to as a lower radiator hose) and I lost a lot (or all) of my coolant. Having only a bottle of Evian (spelled backwards "Naive" !) water with me I repaired the "valve", and pored the water in. I was two blocks south of no-where so the next morning I finished filling it with water.
Now, what should I do? Would that hose blowing off (it must have vibrated off because I'd been watching the temp., and the Hot light never came on) drained all the coolant, and the water just thined the mixture, or do I probably have straight water in there now? How can I drain it all, and what type (is off the shelf automotive sufficient) and how much radiator fluid should I use ?
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Old 04-12-2005, 09:10 AM   #2
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I'd flush it ( drain, fill, run, flush, repeat) with distilled water, available in gallon jugs at most Walgreens etc.You might have added some minerals with that bottled water that could cause build ups.

Refill with a silicate free antifreeze like those avaiable from your local honda dealer. Stay away from auto stuff unless it says "silicate free".


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Old 04-12-2005, 09:52 AM   #3
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Thanks, is the mixture the same as with Auto's ? Generally 50 / 50 ?
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Old 04-12-2005, 10:21 AM   #4
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Yep, 50-50.

One thing to watch for is that most silicate-free AF sold at auto parts stores is Dexcool chemistry. Personally, I don't have any issue with Dexcool "extended life" AF (e.g., Preston 5/150) but a lot of folks don't think it should be used in bikes. But if you use it, make sure you get a very good flush beforehand.

A good absolutely safe choice is the Honda pre-mixed stuff sold at Honda dealers. You just pour it directly out of the bottle and into the radiator so you don't need to worry about the water.

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Old 04-12-2005, 10:31 AM   #5
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Actually, unless it gets really cold where you are, you can reduce the amount of 'antifreeze' and use more water. Pure water is the best coolant, but will freeze. Using 100% water and some Water Wetter will keep you running cooler than water and antifreeze.

Then of course there's Evans and Engine Ice....
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Old 04-12-2005, 11:10 AM   #6
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Actually, unless it gets really cold where you are, you can reduce the amount of 'antifreeze' and use more water. Pure water is the best coolant, but will freeze. Using 100% water and some Water Wetter will keep you running cooler than water and antifreeze.
I hadn't heard that. I always thought the Antifreeze was also a lubricant like for cars where you shouldn't run straight water.
It only gets down to freezing maybe once every two or three years here, and then it's always back to the 60's (F) later that day. I was worried that runing straight water I was potentially hurting something.
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Old 04-12-2005, 11:54 AM   #7
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I'm a fan of zerex G-05, but anything that is stamped/meets Mercedes Benz specs, is going to be a good coolant for LC4 use. Personally I'd run 60/40 to 70/30, H2O to coolant, better cooling and it still offers corrosion protection and increased boilover temp.
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I run the 50/50 premix stuff intended for Harley V-Rods... Hey, it's orange.
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...... Hey, it's orange.
OK, bottom line. From the expert....., and can't argue with that!













Creep....., you know I respect your opinion....., and so far have saved over $240. USD just because of your Oil Change thread. Let alone the knowledge that now it's being done right.
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That would be your first mistake.
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Old 04-12-2005, 06:45 PM   #11
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I run the 50/50 premix stuff intended for Harley V-Rods... Hey, it's orange.
So... harley rebadges Prestone ? I use the Prestone silica free and it's Orange too.
Now all I need is clear nalgene radiator hoses.
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So... harley rebadges Prestone ? I use the Prestone silica free and it's Orange too.
Now all I need is clear nalgene radiator hoses.
... maybe. Source vendor is US, so could be.
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How do I drain all the water / coolant ? So that I'm sure I'm starting clean ?
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I'll take that as a compliment?...
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