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Replaced the radiator, mistakenly filled the coolant resevior, found radiator cap, filled bike with coolant but now it wont turn over. Not sure why?

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  • DANNY KITTRELL Apr 09, 2011

    Noticed that there was a loose hose near the fuel switch. Believe it happened when I pulled the tank. Have to wait a couple minutes and will try to turn it over. Thanks for the advice. Will let you know how it turns out. djkit

  • DANNY KITTRELL Apr 10, 2011

    Thanks for all of you help. I was able to get the bike going again. It was the hoses near the fuel switch.

  • DANNY KITTRELL Apr 10, 2011

    Yes. It helped me to slow down an identify a simple error that was being overlooked.

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I do not quite understand you question. Filling the coolant tank and radiator would appear to be the normal procedure for filling a coolant system. If the engine will now not turn over, one of the following is possible, the battery is not connected or connected properly, A wire has been dislodged in the starting circuit, The battery has run down completely during the time it has been standing. If the engine will not turn over by any means, one or more cylinders has filled up with some fluid and is hydraulically locked.
First remove all the spark plugs and try turn the engine over - look for fluid coming out of the plug holes. If the engine turns over freely, check the battery and all its terminals and cables, and switches that they are making contact. Charge the battery or try another battery. If coolant inadvertently got into the cylinders, you will have to flush the engine with flushing oil and renew the oil.

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    Hans Pearson Apr 10, 2011

    Your question did not show up on my screen as having been answered 14 hours ago. Sorry about that, just ignore my solution.

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The bike will not turn over, its related to battery.Get the battery and its voltage checked.If voltage checked out, ok, then check battery to starter connection.May be the battery or starter connection got loose or unplugged while replacing radiator.Also check, if you notice any coolant leak or is the coolant overfilled.But coolant issue will cause other problems like over heating.Smoke from exhaust etc etc types of problem.Still get this possibilities checked.Most probably, any of the wire is got unplugged or loose. Remove the connections, clean and reconnect, then check.-------- This should help.keep updated.Thanks.Helpmech.

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  • raj somaiya Apr 09, 2011

    Yes, that should help.Keep updated.Thanks.Helpmech.

  • raj somaiya Apr 10, 2011

    After you connect, the hose.Recheck.Many a times this hose is worn out, and it again gets loose and causes the same problem.In that case, the hose , itself needs to be replaced.--------Thanks for the update.Any more help.Keep updated.Thanks.Helpmech.

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