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Procedure to check coolant level

Hi. Looking for a good procedure for checking the coolant level (or lack thereof) on this bike. Thanks in advance.

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How do you check the valve clearance on the dirt bike. I am trying to figure out why my motor seized up without taking apart the top end.

motors seize up from over heat or lack of lubrication
check sump oil level and coolant level in the radiator
Possible hole or bad hose

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Steps to taking apart radiator and hoses

Radiator hoses usually only need changing if they leak or are very perished. An '05 should have reasonable condition hoses. If they do need changing or you are putting some crazy colored hoses on:
1. Take off your radiator cap.2. You may need to take the fuel tank off in some cases.3. Get a 2 litre container with a large opening or funnel ready to catch your coolant.

4. Undo the coolant drain plug/bolt on the water pump and use the container to catch the flowing coolant, it may squirt a little.
5. Match your new hose to the same section on the bike and make note of the way it is installed.
6. Loosen the hose clamps on the section you are working on and push them back along the hose a little way.
7. Gently twist and pull the hose away from it's connection points, if it's till tight loosen the hose clamp more.
8. Repeat 5,6,7 for any other hoses in the cooling system.
9. Transfer the hose clamps onto your new coolant hoses.
10. Install new hoses in the same position as your original hoses.
11. Make sure the hoses are fully pushed onto the connection plumbing.
12. Tighten hose clamps with a screwdriver, firm but not super tight or the hose clamp could become damaged.
13. Re-install your coolant drain bolt ensuring the copper washer is intact if used. Don't over tighten an alloy thread if applicable.
14. Fill your cooling system with anti boil / anti corrosion coolant, gently rock the bike from side to side to allow air to escape, top up as required.
15. Install your radiator cap.
16. Start the bike and check for coolant leaks or drips.
17. Re-tighten hose clamps if required.
18. Ride the bike around for a short time and check again.
19. Check the coolant level in the radiator, top up if required.
20. Ride Hard! (Always check the coolant level at regular intervals as a lack of coolant can lead to engine failure). General advice only.

Jan 08, 2013 | 2005 KTM EXC 525 Racing

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Overheating yz250f

Hi, Anonymous and the usual suspects are:
1. Low coolant level.
2. Restricted radiator air flow.
3. Faulty thermostat.
4. Coolant pump or fans inoperative.
5. Vent hose crimped.
6. Air in the coolant and needs bleeding.
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Procedure to check oil level for RT1200 (police bike). Do I need to check the oil level when the bike is cold or after warm up??

Check oil when bike is cold...... here is the best procedure.

Ride bike (and enjoy)
Park bike on side stand, let sit for at least 10 minutes or overnight. (lets oil drain out of cooler into sump)
Put bike on center stand. Bike should be on level ground
Check oil level in window on lower LHS of engine.
Level should be anywhere inside of red circle in sight glass.
DO NOT OVERFILL let level get down to lower edge of red circle before adding oil

Good Luck!

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How do I check the coolant level? This is my first liquid cooled bike.

When the bike is cold remove the radiator cap and look in the radiator. If you see coolant at the top it's good. If it looks low or you can't see any at all you need to add coolant.

Aug 05, 2010 | 2001 Triumph Legend TT

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I have oil in the coolant lines

Change and refill oil and change oil filter, refill coolant to it's level with proper mixture. Run bike on idle for 10-15 minutes, do a burst of revs and run constant rev at 5000 rpm for 20-30 secs, watch exhaust pipe smoke condition and if temperature gauge indicates overheating. Let bike cool off and check oil and coolant state. If you see milky oil, oily coolant and reservoir going empty, you may have a cracked cyl head walls. Happy hunting.

Apr 30, 2010 | 2005 Hyosung GT 650 R

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Leakin Coolant...HELPPPPP!!!

After letting a bike idle for 30 minutes it would make me suspect that the bike was overheating...its not good to let a bike idle that long.. this is one of the two reason that California lets bikers split lanes... one is motorcycles will take up less space in traffic and the other is that it gives a chance to keep the bikes engine cooler with a constant airflow over the engine.
Now , #1 check radiator coolant level, if low, top it off with coolant. #2 if the bike idles fine after "approx". 5-10 minutes ( normal operating temp)...and your not overheating, then continue to let it idle till it gets to "around" 185 degrees or so..if you don't hear the fan come on, then get on your bike and ride it around the block to cool the engine down, if that helped then you know its a bad fan, or bad thermostat/fan switch. The trail of water you saw could also have come from the coolant overflow tank hose at the bottom of the bike when it was overheating...make sure that the coolant reserve tank is filled to the appropriate level. Also check your oil to make sure that it doesn't have water in it..if it"ll appear like a bubbly milkshake; if the oil is good, then chances are good that at least no internal damage was done. If after all this and it doesn't overheat and the fan comes on! then you"ll have to pull your fairings and check "all" the hoses for leaks. Hope this helps you out. Please can i get some feedback on this and let me know if this helped. thanks!

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My 2003 dodge ram 1500 truck stopped heating. Cool air is all that comes out.

low radiator coolant level OR bad thermostat and Lord I hope not,a leaky heater core.Check fluid level first the look at thermostat replacement only after the level check. Good luck and bless you in advance if you should catch a cold...from the cold!

Nov 02, 2009 | 2003 Dodge Ram Maxi

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