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Offline Alf

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Running Cool
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:25:57 pm »
My 2012 C14 seems to run cool and I wanted to ping the collective here to see what your gauge reads when you're underway.  Mine does not seem to stay at 2 bars but is frequently showing only one bar.  My previous bikes seem to obtain a usual temp and stay there so long as I'm not at idle speeds.

I'm wondering if I have a thermostat stuck open

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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 11:32:19 pm »
My 2012 C14 seems to run cool and I wanted to ping the collective here to see what your gauge reads when you're underway.  Mine does not seem to stay at 2 bars but is frequently showing only one bar.

By 2 bars, do you actually mean 3 bars? There are 6 all together. 3 bars will put you in the middle of the gauge.

Just wondering if you're counting the very bottom bar?

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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014, 11:42:22 pm »
Nope.  I'm not.  It hovers with the bar just below the midline being empty. 

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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2014, 11:50:32 pm »
Nope.  I'm not.  It hovers with the bar just below the midline being empty.

Ok, if the bar below the midline is empty, then you're at two bars. Midline is 3 bars. So are you saying that the gauge actually goes down to only one bar? 

I do a lot of cold weather riding, and my temp gauge usually stays right on 3 bars (middle) when it's cold, and then will bump up to 4 bars on the hotter days. Stuck in traffic is a different story...I'll see 5 bars from time to time.


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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 12:37:29 am »
These things should have come with a numeric gauge. I feel your pain. Mine (2011) tends to range 3 to 5 as well. Whenever I stop and the airflow ceases across the rad the temp climbs quite quickly. If yours stays put at 2 bars there is likely an issue somewhere. Maybe thermostat, maybe temp sensor. Let the dealer look at it while it is still under warranty if you suspect a problem.

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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 12:37:52 am »
Nope.  I'm not.  It hovers with the bar just below the midline being empty.

Ok, if the bar below the midline is empty, then you're at two bars. Midline is 3 bars. So are you saying that the gauge actually goes down to only one bar? 

I do a lot of cold weather riding, and my temp gauge usually stays right on 3 bars (middle) when it's cold, and then will bump up to 4 bars on the hotter days. Stuck in traffic is a different story...I'll see 5 bars from time to time.

Similar here although at times I do go to 2 bars, but it is generally as you describe.


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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 02:11:11 am »
I think that if your thermostat was having issues one of the following would occur:

1 - If it was stuck closed you'd overheat not too far down the road

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2 - If it was stuck open it'd take longer to warm up however would eventually reach normal operating tempurature.  I'm making an assumption that you're not riding in 20 degree weather.  If you are then this could be the cause however not in the summer. 

Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2014, 03:24:01 am »
For most vehicles, I do not think that is quite right; if a thermostat sticks open (the usual failure mode), the engine will never reach normal operating temperature. The cooling system has more capacity to cool the engine than is needed and the thermostat is there partly to keep the operating temperature up in a desirable range (the other job of the thermostat is to warm the engine more rapidly from a cold start).

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I think that if your thermostat was having issues one of the following would occur:

1 - If it was stuck closed you'd overheat not too far down the road

or

2 - If it was stuck open it'd take longer to warm up however would eventually reach normal operating tempurature.  I'm making an assumption that you're not riding in 20 degree weather.  If you are then this could be the cause however not in the summer. 

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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2014, 06:08:07 pm »
I just picked up a 2013 in March 2014. Mine does the same thing, normally 2 bars, even on the highway. Slow speeds it gets up to 4 bars at times.

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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2014, 05:30:04 am »
I came from a ZX14, so I don't worry about the temp gauge on the C14. That engine is hot running anyway. More so in the ZX version.

Putting Engine Ice coolant in (total replacement, not additive) dropped average temps by 1 bar across the board, pretty much.
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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2014, 01:53:58 pm »
Most of these vague temp scale gauges are a glorified idiot light. Any wheres in the 'normal range' is good. Mine too runs 2 to 4 bars, about 5+ fan comes on. Stays near 2 when in cold temps. 3 to 4 when summer is here and moving...slow traffic or load the motor in the mtns or twisties, add a bar or more...
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Re: Running Cool
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2014, 03:08:08 am »
Ive learned the magic temp is 70 when below its at 2 bars when 70 or more its at 3 of course when stopped it climbs fast :beerchug: