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Offline 1gopokes1

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coolant replacement ????
« on: November 11, 2014, 10:05:18 pm »
I bought my 09 this Springs with low miles..1300

It now has about 7,000  I am thinking of replacing the coolant this winter.....more so for time ( almost 6 years) VS mileage

I also want my warranty ( 2.5 years more) to be in effect if something happens

any input  on coolant life

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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2014, 10:13:23 pm »
The manual says 3 years or 24K miles on coolant change.  So I'd say you're due.  I like Engine ICE.
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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2014, 10:32:50 pm »
The manual says 3 years or 24K miles on coolant change.  So I'd say you're due.  I like Engine ICE.

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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 02:10:47 am »
Engine ice is fine. Its sierra antifreeze (propylene glycol), cut with good water and a little water wetter added in.  Its cool to support the small company making it, but its very expensive for what it is.
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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 04:03:10 am »
I change every two years. Have used Honda's coolant and Maxima Coolanol. I also tried Water Wetter breifly. It works as advertised. Engine ran cooler but guess where the extra heat went.

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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 04:08:34 am »
Why can't you just use any antifreeze that is compatible with aluminum?

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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2014, 04:23:53 am »
Why can't you just use any antifreeze that is compatible with aluminum?
You can. I figure the bikes uses such a small amount, it's worthwhile to spend a little extra on the more expensive bike specific stuff. Plus it's pre-mixed so I save trouble mixing and having to go buy a gallon of distilled water.

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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2014, 05:25:10 am »
I am thinking of replacing the coolant this winter.....more so for time ( almost 6 years) VS mileage

I also want my warranty ( 2.5 years more) to be in effect if something happens

JR  - "I like Engine ICE."


... for the warranty issue - well I'd buy Kawasaki coolant from dealer and save receipt.
It'll work fine.

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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2014, 11:18:18 am »
I'm getting ready to change my coolant also. I change it at the recommended intervals of 2 years.

This is what I use.



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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2014, 12:26:30 pm »
Why can't you just use any antifreeze that is compatible with aluminum?

You can.  I simply said I prefer Engine Ice as a product I've been very pleased with the results while using.  It has excellent anti-corrosion properties, is reasonably priced, $20 will buy you enough for a C14 coolant change, works great both hot and cold, and meets all the specifications for Kawasaki warranty protection.  I also like it because unlike ethylene glycol-based coolant products, it's non-toxic.
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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2014, 01:28:47 pm »
I just did the coolant swap this weekend. I didn't drain the whole system, but doing the radiator I got about 2.5 of the 3.25 qts out. Engine ice is good stuff IF YOU'RE GOING TO DRAIN THE WHOLE SYSTEM. If not, get the coolant from the dealer as it's only about $6/qt. If you're draining it through the drain and no flushing the system past that just buy 3 qts and be happy.

You will have to pull the front fairing on the right side and the whole left side as well. The drain and overflow are on the left and the radiator cap on the right.

Undo the radiator cap than the bolt. (when you undo the bolt it SHOOTS out, not a slow trickle so be prepared!
The drain is right below the neck. it'll look SLIGHTLY different than this pic, but it gives you the idea. I think it's a 10mm:
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tighten the bolt and refill through the radiator cap. It'll take about 2qt.
Tighten the rad. cap and start the bike and let it get WARM, not hot while watching the coolant overflow. I added about another .5qt. into the overflow.
After this I rode it around the block swerving to get air bubbles out, came back and let it get HOT until the fans came on.
Check the overflow again and put the sides back on the bike!
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Re: coolant replacement ????
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2014, 10:42:44 pm »
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Undo the radiator cap than the bolt. (when you undo the bolt it SHOOTS out, not a slow trickle so be prepared!

And it DOES shoot out. I thought I was prepared and missed the drain pan. I loosened the drain bolt till I got a trickle and should have called it good at that point and found something else to do while it drained. But NO, I had to get a faster trickle.

As soon as I touched the drain bolt it came out and I was presented with a 2 foot long stream. The gasket is an copper washer FYI. Tim
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