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Offline Connman

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Radiator fluid reservoir level
« on: August 12, 2018, 04:50:19 pm »
Hello, I am a new member with a new to me 2000 zg1000 with 40000 miles on it...I just had a dealership put on new tires and do a safety check last Thursday. The tech told the bike was in decent shape, but that he found the radiator reservoir completely empty, so he filled it to the proper level and that I should keep a look out for signs of any leakage. Since then I’ve driven it about 100 miles. It’s been hot for Minnesota, about 90 degrees but the temp gauge never went past half way unless sitting at a red light.

There’s been no sign of leaks of any fluid on my garage floor, but when I took a look at the reservoir level last night it was quite low. The radiator was full to the top when I took off the cap. I’m thinking of filling the reservoir again to the proper level hoping that it was just low and the tech never bothered to take the cap of off the radiator to check how much was in it.

Otherwise I’m thinking bad water pump or worse...it doesn’t smoke and starts right up???  What would you guys suggest? Is this a sensible course of action?

Thanks for any replies  :??
« Last Edit: August 12, 2018, 08:35:51 pm by Connman »

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Re: Radiator fluid reservoir level
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 09:16:48 pm »
Fill reservoir to the fill line and keep an eye on the level.
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Re: Radiator fluid reservoir level
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2018, 12:39:02 am »
Welcome to the group.

When engine cools, it sucks up the coolant. When heating up, it fills the resevoir.
Just keep an eye on it.
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Re: Radiator fluid reservoir level
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2018, 01:08:46 am »
"Mystery leaks" as in, "where's the coolant going?" can happen.

Visual checks might show white build up from very slow leaks
where the coolant logs go into the engine.  The thermostat housing
may also do the same.  These won't show as puddles or steam.

These leaks aren't major concerns, but if you see the signs,
you may want to look into repairing them.
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