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I see milky stuff on the top of the dipstick. the coolant level is good and does not change. i drive it about 2 miles a day since i work close to home. is it possible that it is condensation only and not a problem. david

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    Lee May 11, 2010

    it very well could just be condensation, does the coolant look like it could be contaminated?

    if you are really worried about it, go get an oil filter and oil and give it a change. you will be able to tell from what comes out. and it will put your mind at rest

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It is possible
change the oil and filter
and keep a close eye on it

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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That sounds correct. Great that you have the mind to consider condensation. Most riders would never think of it.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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